THE PLOT THUS FAR
With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” was supposed to be the second coming. Then, it came. While it wasn’t terrible, it didn’t match the energy and passion of the first flick. Therefore, people got mad and passed on it. What happened? Everyone wanted to see what happened the crew, more celebs joined in and the film was promoted like a hooker during Fleet Week. Sometimes, not every film needs a sequel.
The three cuts of the movie showcase the central problem on display. No one knew what they wanted. It’s a cult classic that has a larger than life fanbase, but it’s a pretty closed tale. While I love worldbuilding, there’s nothing in any cut of this film that provides anything that builds upon what the first film offers. Brick is still mentally deficient, Champ is a closet case and Brian has cooled it a bit on the sexual predator stuff. Then, there’s Ron Burgundy. You can stretch a joke too far and all three cuts don’t know how to handle his character’s weak point during his blinding. Add songs, cut the cute killer animals or sauce up the dialogue? No one ever seemed to know what works and it pissed off the audience.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy, featurettes, table reads, commentary, gag reel, deleted and alternate scenes. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is pretty strong. However, the 1080p transfer seemed to either blow the walls off during the NewsTeam Mega Battle in Central Park. But, there were times when it was flat during Ron’s blind odyssey. The transfer is consistent across all three cuts of the movie, but for some reason the Super Sized R cut seems a little sharper. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 04/01/2014
ANCHORMAN 2 STAR – DAVID KOECHNER –
TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AND
LEAD THE 7TH INNING SING-ALONG AT THE CHICAGO CUBS GAME ON APRIL 10TH AT WRIGLEY FIELD
WHAT: To celebrate the recent release on Blu-ray and DVD of the comedy hit ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES David Koechner will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch AND leading the 7th inning stretch sing-along at the Chicago Cubs Game on April 10th. Koechner who portrays news team sports anchor Champ Kind is well known for his “whammy!” catch phrase and will attempt to dazzle on the mound and in the booth in a rare double duty pitch and singing performance.
Actor, writer and producer David Koechner, an alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Theater, got his first break as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and since has become an instantly recognizable face appearing in more than 120 films and television shows. He is best known for his roles as Todd Packer on “The Office” and Champ Kind from the Anchorman films. Koechner will be performing his stand-up routine at Park West in Chicago on April 11th. Visit davidkoechner.com for more details and tour dates.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES is available now on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes THREE versions of the film—the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and, the Super-Sized R-Rated Version with 763 new jokes!
WHEN: Thursday, April 10th, 2:05 p.m. EST (First Pitch)
Sing-along during 7th inning