And so the 'lost' Ron Burgundy film gets a UK release, nearly four years after its release in the US. And four years since it's been available from the likes of Amazon or Play or anyone else with an international sales site... Does that sound cynical? It probably is. On the one hand, an extra 89 minutes of Ron Burgundy is about as good a way as any of spending 89 minutes with a DVD. On the other, this lost film, assembled from an unused subplot and alternate takes from Anchorman, is more of an extended gag reel than a 'proper' film in its own right - and genuine Burgundy lovers will surely already have picked up this three disc package?
This time around, the problems that come between Ron (Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) are the work of The Alarmclock, a group of urban terriorists who will be announcing their manifesto of beliefs just as soon as their leader, Paul (Corrigan), has written it.
Of course the 'plot', such as it is, is less important than the interaction between Ron, Brick (Carrell), Brian (Rudd) and Champ (Koechner) and that, while possibly second rate in comparison to the best bits of the original Anchorman, is still head and shoulders above most other comedies in the last five years. Its stitched-together nature is painfully obvious, hence you can't justify more than a two star rating, and the extras are non-existent. However, it's being sold as part of a 15 quid package that includes the extras-rich, two-disc 'Classy' edition of Anchorman and, if you haven't already got that, this is an excellent and very funny deal.
EXTRAS No Stars As we say a 'no stars', no extras deal for the 'Lost' film but, if you haven't got the 'Classy' two-disc Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, it's a ***** treat with: The Many Months of Burgundy - Ron Burgundy's 32 page diary (booklet); yet more deleted scenes; blooper; Ron Burgundy's MTV Movie Awards interviews; Ron Burgundy's ESPN audition; Behind The Scenes featurette; an interview with Ron Burgundy courtesy of the Museum of Television and Radio; auditions; rehearsal footage; feature commentary; Afternoon Delight music video; and a 'making of' featurette.