ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY
Review by Gordon Justesen
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Fred
Director: Adam McKay
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Features: See Review
Length: 98 Minutes
Release Date: December 28, 2004
"Mr. Burgundy, I am a professional and I'd appreciate it if you stopped acting like a baby!"
"I'm not a baby, I'm a MAN, I'm an ANCHORMAN!"
not a man, you are a BIG, FAT JOKE!"
a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and
what kind of man I am. You're
just a woman with a brain a third the size of us men. It's science."
It's been a long,
long time since I found myself laughing frequently, scene for scene, during a
single movie. Last year gave me two cases of this; the first was the cheerfully
zany Dodgeball, and the other was even
more off the wall Anchorman. One thing's
for sure, Will Ferrell has arrived as a knockout comedic force.
Not even Ferrell's
charming turn in Elf can prepare you
for how insanely funny he is in the role of self-indulged 70s news anchor Ron
Burgundy. Burgundy is quite a character, and quite honestly, only Ferrell could've
done this character proper justice. After all, he co-wrote the screenplay with
director Adam McKay.
The movie centers
on Burgundy and his fun-loving news team, who report on San Diego's Channel 4
news. His ragtag team consists of field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd),
sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), who
reports the weather but appears to have had his brain struck by lightening. Upon
introducing himself, he informs us that years down the road, a doctor will
inform him that he is in fact, “mentally retarded”.
Since in the 70s
only men were allowed to read the news, Burgundy can't seem to take the arrival
of female news reporter Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) very
seriously. She is a focused journalist, who one day dreams of becoming a network
news anchor. Despite laughing at her dreams, Burgundy can't help but become
attracted to this blonde force.
Things then take a
turn for the disastrous when the station manager (the priceless Fred Willard)
assigns Veronica as a co-anchor. This angers Burgundy immensely, so much to the
point that he gives up his love for her after she reads HIS news (how this
happens is a scene too funny for words, thus I will not reveal.) Burgundy and
his crew resort to childish antics to ensure that she won't make it as top
I'd be lying if I
said that Anchorman didn't play like a
series of skits tied together for a 90 minute movie. That seemed to be the
staple of every Saturday Night Live-inspired
movie which failed miserably. But Ferrell's restless comic energy, along with
the hugely funny supporting cast, elevates this into the realm of a newfound
Most of the jokes
are very off color and extremely over the top, so it's fair to say that some
will get the humor and some won't. For me, the laughs are non stop and the one
liners are kind that you'll find yourself quoting after watching it. That's how
funny they are.
In closing, Anchorman
is one of the funniest movies of the past year, as well as one of the funniest
ones to come around in a long time. Will Ferrell has established himself as a
new comedy king with an energetically funny performance.
For all of us here
at DMC News, I'm Gordon Justesen. You stay classy!
Cameos galore from the likes of Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Ben
Stiller, and Tim Robbins.
ADDED TRIVIA: The narrator of the movie is none other than veteran reporter Bill Kurtis, host of A&E's American Justice.
OUR TOP STORY
TONIGHT--Dreamworks delivers yet another fantastic looking disc. The anamorphic
picture on this release is that of consistent sharpness and pure clarity. In
addition, colors appear in a grand form. Ron Burgundy's colorful suits have
never looked better! Not a single image flaw to be reported. A terrific all
ALSO IN THE NEWS--The
5.1 sound mix provided on this release gives this comedy a stronger than
expected performance. The plentiful dose of physical comedy, especially that of
a brutal riot between rival news stations, payoff remarkably well, as far as
surround sound goes. Dialogue and music are handled enormously well, in
addition. Quite a superb job!
extended unrated edition offers up extra minutes of never before seen footage.
Also included is a commentary track with Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay,
35 minutes worth of bloopers and deleted scenes, The Making of Anchorman
featurette, an personal interview with Ron Burgundy, a look at a couple of Ron
Burgundy interviews at the MTV Movie Awards, a Ron Burgundy ESPN audition, and a
music video for the song "Afternoon Delight" as performed by Ron
Burgundy and his news team in the movie.