Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Review
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Review
Can you believe that it’s been a whole decade? By the beard of Zeus, it’s good to have Ron Burgundy back.Faced with redundancy and unemployment; separation and divorce, the once-great Ron Burgundy hits rock bottom, finding his only hope to lie in a new 24-hour news channel. But if he wants another shot at the big leagues, he’s going to need to put his old team back together.
Sharper, faster, punchier and wittier than its predecessor – at least in its first half – The Legend Continues is a fun sequel, sporting a top-ended slew of laugh-out-loud moments and some really great ideas. It just risks jumping the shark a little bit in the final act, ironically quite literally.Unfortunately this latter end twist is one story spin too many, sucking the momentum out of the piece, and even maybe prompting you to clock-watch, as you wonder when it's all going to end. Of course it all ends in precisely the manner you'd expect, following suit from the first movie but upping the ante considerably, but, by that stage, the damage has already been done.
Still, Anchorman 2 remains one of the funniest films of 2013. Ten years feels like yesterday when it comes to these guys; their roles fit so well that you may well wonder why we didn't get a sequel sooner than this.
Of course we all knew that there would be a longer cut hitting home formats, but nobody realised that they would re-release it in the cinemas. Yes, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues... Continued hit the Big Screen months after the theatrical cut, boasting 763 new jokes. Not only does it provide about twenty minutes of extra footage, but basically the entire script has been changed to follow the same story but provide for alternate gags (763 of them, apparently). This allows for some considerable novelty value, and there are certainly plenty of jokes that will have you cracking up, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that the original theatrical version is the better cut.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Picture QualityThe various versions of the movie all come presented in the same exceptional 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation in the movie's original theatrical/alternate theatrical aspect ratio of 2.39:1 widescreen. Detail is excellent from start to finish, with pristine clarity on the close-ups - facial shots, clothing weaves, set textures - as well as the broader shots, and absolutely no signs of any edge enhancement, excessive DNR application, or other digital defects to impinge upon your visual enjoyment of the movie.
Whichever version of Anchorman 2 you watch, it looks absolutely stunning.
The colour scheme is broad and vibrant, with vivid tones across the palette, up to and including strong black levels, which allow for excellent darker sequences and impressive shadow detail. Skin tones are healthy and realistic - suitably over-tanned in many respects, but that only seems intentional - and contrast is good throughout. Indeed there seems nothing to fault about this presentation, which remains amidst the best released thus far this year; demo and reference quality through and through.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Sound QualityBoth versions of the feature also come complete with their very own lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks, which do exceptionally good jobs covering essentially the same story, even though the dialogue and a couple of the songs are different. Indeed the dialogue is presented clearly and coherently on both mixes with every line, every gag, every shout and whisper coming across with crystal clarity, given dominance across the frontal array wherever necessary during the proceedings.
The punchy but precise audio tracks are just as impressive.
Effects are myriad, and, even though this is ostensibly a comedy, there are still plenty of event noises, with crashes, smashes and general chaos abounding (particularly in the all-out-war finale), giving the surrounds plenty to do and the LFE channel a little input. Still, it's often more about ambience than bombast, and the atmosphere crafted is frequently excellent, assisted no end by the fantastic score and song tracks utilised, which make this a yet even more engulfing, enhancing accompaniment. Demo and reference through and through.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray ExtrasThis Super-Sized Edition comes packed with extras sprawled across two discs. The first disc houses the Cinema Version as well as a superb Commentary featuring Writer/Director Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. It's oftentimes hilarious, and frequently every bit as surreal as the movie itself, with Ferrell, in particular, riding a fantastic line between reality and pure Burgundy. There's also a solid 19-minute Documentary - Behind-The-Scenes: Newsroom which offers further insight into the production, as well as two 7-minute Gag Reels, two 4-minute Line-O-Ramas, Welcome to the Dolphin Show Outtakes of the Sea World scene, Catfight outtakes of the Veronic vs. Linda scene, News-O-Rama outtakes from the GNN Newsroom, and Kench-O-Rama... well, you get the idea. Finally on the first disc we get a 9-part set of Cast Table Reads.
Not only do we get both versions of the movie but we also get a whole swathe of extras split across both discs.
The second disc features the 20-minute-longer Alternate Cut, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues... Continued, as well as a further 4-part Behind the Scenes Featurette selection, totalling about 45 minutes, and split into The Musical (which was the original idea for the sequel), RV, Baxter & Doby, and News Fight. Then there's 10 minutes of Deleted Scenes, and over an hour and a half of Extended/Alternate Scenes. If you get through all that there's 9 minutes of Previsualisations, split into RV, Shark Attack and News Fight, 3 hilarious Auditions, a Jack Black song done for the film, and a whole slew of Trailers. Phew!
Is Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Worth BuyingAnchorman 2 is a fun sequel, sporting a top-ended slew of laugh-out-loud moments and some really great ideas, it just risks jumping the shark a little bit in the final act, ironically quite literally. This Region Free UK Blu-ray boasts stunning video and audio, as well as a huge, seemingly endless selection of often laugh-out-loud hilarious extra features, as well as the alternative, longer Extended Cut. Fans of this - or the first film - should consider this a must-have release. Highly recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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