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Anchorman – The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (HD-DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Film: C+



An early Judd Apatow-produced feature release that almost worked, Adam McKay’s Anchorman – The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) is a sometimes amusing send-up of old 1970s Big Three Network-era local TV news with Will Ferrell in one of his better performances as the macho title character.  It is enjoyable how the production has enjoyably accurate moments remembering that time, mocking it to high heaven, but also has a few laughs that are modernly, overtly sexual and even gross.


However, it leans too much towards the latter and that throws a potentially classic comedy off kilter too often.  Burgundy is challenged when a new female reporter (Christina Applegate) is paired with him for the evening news, throwing his whole personality in kilter.  Some of that works, some does not.  All in all, it is worth a look for the laughs we do get and besides Paul Rudd being amusing, many will want to see this for Steve Carell’s surprisingly good supporting performance, but just don’t get your hopes up too much.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in HD and though there is motion blur here and there, it is one of the more stable early HD shoots.  Unfortunately, the image can look strained and colors a bit odd too often, especially when they should not.  The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 has little soundfield, as this is a dialogue-based comedy with funny monophonic-designed music to mock the mono news music of the time.  It is listenable at best.  Extras include over an hour of featurettes and goofy items like an “Afternoon Delight” Music Video.


At least they know this era.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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