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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – 4K Ultra HD Combo Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

The Film
The Video (Overall)
HDR Effect
The Audio
The Supplements
Overall

SUMMARY

A clueless 1970s anchorman leading his city's number one program finds his worldview challenged when a female co-anchor arrives to challenge him.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a spoof on the culture of the 1970s through the lens of the local Action News genre. Will Ferrell plays the titular character, a not-so-intelligent local San Diego news anchor who is a legend in his own mind, but also head of the number one news show in the area. Burgundy’s misogynistic world view comes tumbling down when beautiful new female co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) rolls into town and threatens his job and masculinity.

The film was directed by Andy McKay and produced by Judd Apatow, and features one of Ferrell’s standout feature film performances, plus appearances from comedic actors like Paul Rudd and Steve Carell who would go on to even greater success in years to follow. The chemistry between Ferrell and Applegate is undeniable here. The duo are very funny on screen together, while Ferrell’s improvisation is kept just enough in check to keep the film from tearing apart at the seams.

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  • Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 4K Ultra HD Combo (Paramount)
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 4K Ultra HD Combo (Paramount)

The Video

This release of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy comes with the Theatrical version of the film remastered in 4K Ultra HD with a 1.85:1 HEVC 2160p (4K UHD) Dolby Vision encodement. The two included Blu-rays with the theatrical, unrated, and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy versions are not remastered. Comedies are usually not the best genre for reference image quality, but this film comes across well on 4K with a good grain structure and crispy details. The color palette is natural and in certain sequences, like the animated lovemaking scene, has excellent vibrancy thanks to the added benefit of the Dolby Vision grading. There is slightly more pop in the highlights as well. A few scenes look a little bit soft and grainy, but overall this is a consistent and pleasing transfer that ups the quality over the previous Blu-ray release.

The Audio

Paramount provides Anchorman with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. This is a straightforward mix that is front-heavy but also full of good ambience in the surround channels and full clear dialogue, especially the narration, as well as decent low-end extension.

The Supplements

There is no new material included on this release, but there is a large collection of bonus features that will be great for anyone who has never owned this on home video. There is also a Digital Copy code included.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray Only):

  • Blu-ray with Theatrical and Unrated Version
  • Special Features Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (SD; 00:53:56)
  • Bloopers (SD; 00:07:46)
  • “Afternoon Delight” Music Video (SD; 00:03:50)
  • ESPN SportsCenter Audition – Ron Burgundy (SD; 00:01:55)
  • Wake Up, Ron Burgundy
  • Intro-Commentary with Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman
  • PSA (SD; 00:03:41)
  • Award Speech (SD; 00:03:12)
  • Raw Footage “Good Takes” (SD; 00:39:26)
  • “Afternoon Delight” Recording Session (SD; 00:02:58)
  • Happy Birthday AMC Loews (SD; 00:03:15)
  • Interviews (SD; 00:10:14)
  • Specials:
    • Cinemax: The Making of Anchorman (SD; 00:09:29)
    • Comedy Central Reel Comedy: Anchorman (SD; 00:08:31)
    • A Conversation with Ron Burgundy (SD; 00:10:41)
  • Cast Auditions (SD; 00:13:03)
  • Table Read 6/2/03 (SD; 00:18:37)
  • Rehearsals (SD; 00:09:09)
  • Playback Video (SD; 00:05:10)
  • Commercial Break (SD; 00:02:04)
  • Trailers & TV Spot:
    • Teaser Trailer (1080p; 00:01:50)
    • Trailer (1080p; 00:02:32)
    • Trounced Spiderman TV Spot (SD; 00:00:17)

The Final Assessment

A very funny comedy from the early aughts that still stacks up and now looks even better than ever on 4K.


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is out on 4K Ultra HD Combo July 2, 2024 from Paramount

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  • Rating Certificate: PG-13 (for sexual humor, language and comic violence)
  • Studios & Distributors: Dreamworks Pictures | Apatow Productions | Herzog-Cowen Entertainment | Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Written By: Will Ferrell | Adam McKay
  • Run Time: 94 Mins.
  • Street Date: 2 July 2024
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Format: HEVC 2160p (4K UHD)
  • HDR Format: Dolby Vision (HDR10 Compatible)
  • HDR10 Metadata:
    • MaxLL: 456 nits
    • MaxFALL: 227 nits
    • Max. Luminance: 4000 nits
    • Min. Luminance: 0.0050 nits
  • Primary Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Secondary Audio: English Audio Description | German DD 5.1 | Spanish (Castilian) DD 5.1 | French DD 5.1 | Italian DD 5.1 | Japanese DD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English | English SDH | Danish | German | Spanish (Castilian) | French | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Dutch | Norwegian | Finnish | Swedish
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