New to Blu-ray: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, 47 RONIN, THE PIRATE FAIRY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are light on quantity, but include three different cuts of a long-awaited comedy sequel on one home video release, a big-budget 2013 film that went largely unseen, and Tom Hiddleston as Captain Hook.  Briefly:

Paramount Releasing ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: NO JOKE CUT

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Paramount made the surprising choice to release an alternate cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters with “763 new jokes” shortly after the December premiere of the long awaited sequel.  Now Paramount is making the even more surprising choice to release Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: No Joke Cut with exactly zero jokes.  Director Adam McKay explained:

“People know that Will Ferrell and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there’s a very powerful drama at work. I’m just glad, with the no joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of Anchorman 2.”

Check out a clip from the No Joke Cut after the jump.

Adam McKay Talks ANCHORMAN 2, How the Alternate Cut Made It to Theaters, Threading Satire in His Films, the STEP BROTHERS Score, THE BIG SHORT, and More

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Filmmaker Adam McKay is one of the best comedy directors around, and he’s also one of the smartest.  While he’s had massive hits with films like Anchorman and Talladega Nights, McKay makes it a point to thread timely satire into most of his films in addition to the absurd comedy.  The Other Guys tackles financial and corporate corruption, and his latest pic Anchorman 2 is not-so-subtly a satire on the 24-hour cable news media.

In anticipation of the Blu-ray release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on Tuesday, April 1st (which includes a bevy of extras and three cuts of the film), I recently spoke with McKay on the phone.  The filmmaker discussed how he keeps the satirical focus of his films intact despite their improvisational nature, his shock at Paramount’s willingness to release the R-rated alternate cut of Anchorman 2 into theaters, his fondness for the Step Brothers score, and much more.  He also talked about his first foray into drama with The Big Short, which he calls one of the more ambitious things he’s done.  Read the full Adam McKay interview after the jump.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (“Super-Sized R-Rated Version”) Review

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I thought Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was hilarious, and it was no surprise that there was an alternate cut featuring different jokes.  There was plenty of riffing on set, and director Adam McKay had a wealth of choices when trying to find the right jokes.  Even at two hours, the original breezed by, and while I didn’t like it quite as much on a second viewing, it was still quite enjoyable.  Now a “Super-Sized R-Rated” version has been released, and in many ways it improves the original by showing that McKay made the right call on which jokes to use and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor.  Although there are some additions in the new version that are superior to the original, the new cut is plenty of bloat to the point where some of the jokes don’t even make sense.  The comic timing is completely off as it seems like the goal of the new version was to add more and make it slightly different, but not better or even as good as the original.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Blu-ray Will Have 3 Versions of the Film and 90 Minutes of Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes

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If you’re a fan of the Anchorman series, you might want to take a few days off starting April 1st.  That’s because Paramount has just announced the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray and it’s loaded with awesome extras.  While I knew we’d get some cool stuff based on what director Adam McKay included with the first Anchorman Blu-ray, the sequel lifts the bar to another level.  Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • Three versions of the film—the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and the Super-Sized R-Rated Version with 763 new jokes (the super-sized edition plays in theaters for one-week starting February 28th. More details here)
  • More than 90 minutes of deleted, extended and alternate scenes
  • Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner
  • Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2—Non-stop alternate lines from the film
  • Welcome to the Dolphin Show—Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd
  • Kench-O-Rama—Mashup of Kench Allenby’s most Australian moments
  • Cast Table Read
  • Anchorman 2: The Musical—A look at the musical sequel that almost was
  • Auditions—Featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler

And this isn’t everything, as the Blu-ray includes 4 hours of bonus content.  While Paramount has screwed the fans over a number of different ways with their recent home video releases (look at what they did for Star Trek: Into Darkness), I’m happy they’re including all these extras in the same place.  Hit the jump for the full list on the press release and click here to get it for $19.99 (which is 50% off on Amazon).

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: SUPER-SIZED R-RATED VERSION Featuring “763 New Jokes” Set for February 28th; Trailer and Clip Released

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It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the jokes in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are so flexible that they could be swapped out with other jokes.  So much of the film is ad-libbed, and now Paramount and director Adam McKay are taking advantage of the heavy improv by theatrically releasing an R-rated cut of the movie featuring “763 new jokes”.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version will be released in theaters on February 28th for one week only.  Paramount has released a trailer for the new version along with a clip, and surprisingly, neither one did much for me.  It doesn’t really matter since I’m definitely going to see this film, especially since we’re sitting in the middle of the February-March doldrums.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and clip.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT 2 Back on Top on 2013′s Final Weekend

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled off a narrow victory over Disney’s Frozen on 2013’s final frame, making it just the second title of the year to spend three weeks on top of the domestic box office.  Smaug now equals the Christmas run (by ranking at least) of An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in The Hobbit trilogy.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $29,850,000 $190.3
2.  Frozen $28,845,000 $248.3
3.  Anchorman 2 $20,150,000 $83.6
4.  American Hustle $19,550,000 $60
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street $18,510,000 $34.3
6.  Saving Mr. Banks $14,020,000 $37.8
7.  Secret Life of Walter Mitty $13,000,000 $25.5
8.  Catching Fire $10,200,000 $391.1
9.  47 Ronin $9,870,000 $20.5
10.  A Madea Christmas $7,400,000 $43.7

THE COLLISION: Episode 70 – ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES and Infotainment

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This week on The Collision, we discuss Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which leads us to talking about the scourge of 24-hour news networks, the prevalence of infotainment, the double-edged sword the Internet plays in the dissemination of information, and the public’s culpability in these results.  It’s surprisingly substantive conversation resulting from a movie where the protagonist bottle-feeds a shark.  And as always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Stays on Top with $31.4 Million; ANCHORMAN 2 in Second with $26.7 Million

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have pulled off a (very narrow) victory on Friday, but the weekend treasure remained in Bilbo’s hands.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was down 57% from its debut, earning an estimated $31.4 million and a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  Anchorman 2 came in second with $26.7 million: a softer launch than the sequel’s omnipresent marketing suggested.  Meanwhile, American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks made their first appearances in the top ten, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World hit important milestones.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 $127.5
2.  Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 $40
3.  Frozen $19,163,000 $191.5
4.  American Hustle $19,100,000 $20.2
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 $9.9
6.  Catching Fire $8,750,000 $371.7
7.  A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 $28.3
8.  Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 $7.3
9.  Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 $3.3
10.  Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 $200.7

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.

My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: ANCHORMAN 2 Leads THE HOBBIT 2 For Now; AMERICAN HUSTLE and SAVING MR. BANKS Go Wide

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Tis’ the season of plenty at the box office.  At least eight major titles will open or expand in the seven days before Christmas, with Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy kicking off the festivities last Wednesday.  I’m sure you know by now that Paramount’s sequel is kind of a big deal.  So it made sense that Anchorman 2 got the win on Friday, taking in an estimated $8.7 million from 3,507 locations.  That puts Ron Burgundy on track for about $29 million for the three-day weekend: on par with the original Anchorman’s $28.4 million launch in July 2004.

But that won’t be enough to knock Bilbo off of his weekend throne.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned an estimated $8.6 million on Friday, and is expected to pull in over $31 million on its sophomore frame.  After earning one of the highest per-screen averages of all-time with its limited launch last weekend, American Hustle claimed an estimated $5.1 million after expanding its run to 2,507 venues.  Also expanding on Friday after its (slightly less impressive) limited bow last week, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks brought in almost $3 million on its first day in 2,110 locations – well ahead of the $2.1 million Fox’s Walking With Dinosaurs realized from its first day in 3,231 venues.   We’ll have complete details on the weekend box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Anchorman 2 $8,700,000 $21.9
2.  The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug $8,605,000 $104.6
3.  Frozen $6,300,000 $177.5
4.  American Hustle $5,115,000 $7.4
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $2,963,000 $3.5

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Getting Back into Character, Keeping a Straight Face, a Deleted Musical Sequence, and More

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The News Team has re-assembled!  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here, 9 years after the 4 buffoons of Channel 4 news first won us over.  The whole gang is back- Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick are causing the usual ruckus, but this time in New York City.  The film focuses on the start of the 24 hour news channel and the tabloidization of news, while tackling tough issues of racism, marital trouble and health.

At the press day for the film in NYC, I participated in a roundtable interview with Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.  They talked about getting the old band back together, the nostalgic feeling of seeing themselves in costume, their admiration for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell [who co-wrote the script], how hard it was to keep a straight face on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more. 

Adam McKay and Judd Apatow Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Avoiding Direct Callbacks to the Original, the Marketing Campaign, Cameos, and More

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, beloved, and—dare I say—legendary, comedies of the last 10 years.  And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here.  This is a movie that needs no introduction; the characters are so well known that they can make appearances on actual local news stations in tiny towns across the country.  There is a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor dedicated to Ron Burgundy- Scotchy Scotch Scotch (butterscotch, not the alcohol)- and it is delicious. There is even a new phone game created by Funny Or Die, “Scotchy Scotch Toss” has players toss ice cubes into Ron Burgundy’s glass to win points and hang out with San Diego’s legendary anchorman.

At the press day for the film in New York, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with two of the creative forces behind the film, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow.  McKay directed and co-wrote the script with Will Ferrell, and Apatow produced.  The two answered questions about coming up with the storyline, avoiding direct callbacks to the first film, some of their comedic influences, the cameos in the gang fight, and more.  Hit the jump to read on.

Will Ferrell and David Koechner Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Battling the MPAA, the Marketing Campaign, Improvising, and More

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Ron Burgundy is back.  Not only does he have a new movie, but he is curling in Canada and reading the news in Bismarck, North Dakota. There is a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor dedicated to Ron Burgundy- Scotchy Scotch Scotch (butterscotch, not the alcohol)- and it is delicious. There is even a new phone game created by Funny Or Die, “Scotchy Scotch Toss” has players toss ice cubes into Ron Burgundy’s glass to win points and hang out with San Diego’s legendary anchorman.  Safe to say, Ron Burgundy is a class act.

At the New York City press day for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with the man behind that man, Will Ferrell, and co-star David Koechner (Champ Kind).  They answered questions about Ron’s multiple news and public appearances, the history between the writing team that is the magic behind the movies, the reason they never feel like they’re going “too far” on set, and the absurd unpredictability of catchphrases like “I love lamp” and “Milk was a bad choice.”  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Review

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy classic.  It’s infinitely quotable, gets better with every viewing, and had the staying power to go from being a moderate summer hit to a film where a growling legion of fans were constantly demanding a sequel.  Sadly, these cases usually end with a “Be careful what you wish for.” But Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is “Sometimes, dreams do come true.”  Burdened with almost a decade of expectations compounded by an unrelenting marketing campaign, not to mention the fact that comedy sequels are almost always inferior to the original, Adam McKay‘s film was inevitably at a disadvantage despite fans begging for its existence.  The compromise is a shaggy beast of a sequel that maintains the silly and strange soul of the original.  Even with its glaring flaws, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still manages to be 2013′s funniest film.

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