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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
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Co-screenwriter/director Adam McKay, co-screenwriter/actor Will Ferrell, other members of the cast, and guests Andy Richter and Lou Rawls
Rating:2.8/10 (32 votes) [
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Reviewed by jonhoyle on January 2nd, 2005
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There were two DVD releases for this movie, the theatrical release and the "unrated version". The unrated version gets you extra scenes, but the commentary had to be one of the absolute worst I have ever heard. Both the director Adam McKay and lead actor Will Ferrell comment, and are doing this one second and have no interest in talking about the movie, and state specifically theat they just want to get this second one done. (I have no idea what the commentary on the other DVD is, but it must be better than this.)
The first 10-15 is nothing but the two of them swearing back and forth (much of it bleeped out), never referring to the movie. There are fake fist fights with other people, and then they talk to Lou Rawls. I found it quite insulting and a waste of money. They clearly have no respect for the listening audience. I loved the movie, but the commentary was without question the worst I ever heard.
Reviewed by redhug on February 21st, 2005
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This is the worst commentary I have ever listened to. I listened to the unrated version of the film and they spend the first 25% of the movie coming up with swear words that they figure that they had a right to say, and making no comment on the movie. Then some other actors that weren't in the movie enter the studio and they bicker and fight. They invite Lou Rawis into the studio after the fight and they behave a bit with his presence there, but they talk nothing about the movie. When he leaves there is another fight where Will Farrell insults Adam McCay's wife about 10 times continously and they have a fight. Christina Applegate then calls in from her house because she finds out that they didn't invite her to the commentary and then Will and Adam make fun of her.
I can't believe Dreamworks allowed this to be released, because the only thing the viewer get out of the commentary is that they have no respect for the ticket paying audience, so therefore I have no respect for them and will never see another Will Ferrell or a Adam McKay movie.
Reviewed by The Omen on January 7th, 2007
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I disagree with the previous two reviews. I found this track incredibly humorous. Admittedly the first 15 minutes are more amusing to Mckay and Ferrell than any listeners, but after that it's pretty funny. It was meant to be humorous, and to me, it worked. As long as you don't take it too seriously. Andy Richter and Paul Rudd arguing is the tops for me. A lot of WTF? moments, sure, but that doesn't necessarily mean the commentary isn't delivering the goods.
Reviewed by reidca on March 1st, 2007
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Gotta agree with The Omen (!?). This commentary is like a performance piece. They talk BS for the whole running time. It got the point where I started to think that it was scripted. Surely when you get Will Ferrell on a commentary track you are not going to get insightful, analytical commentary. For me, the highlight was when Will got a little excited about director Adam McKay's wife.
Reviewed by aph86 on June 21st, 2007
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This is was meant to be funny. It isn't. It's just 90 minutes of stupidity and not the good kind. If you want funny watch the movie. Skip the commentary.
Reviewed by Hoiles on December 18th, 2007
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Not a commentary so much as 90 minutes of (what mostly seems to be) improved jokes filled with fake information about the shooting of the film. Lots of raunchy jokes. You'll probably either really like it or really hate it.
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008
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It's funny if your drunk and no taller than a BArstool
4 out of 10
Reviewed by tapeleg247 on September 6th, 2008
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I agree with most of the reviews above. The first 20 minutes are wasted with Ferrell and McKay asking if they're allowed to say certain dirty things (most of which are bleeped, even on this unrated DVD). There's a fake fight between Ferrell and Andy Richter & Kyle Gass, who aren't even in the movie.
Speaking of, Lou Rawls drops by for a while, and he wasn't in the movie. The conversation between Ferrell, McKay and Rawls is also awkward and seems forced like they're trying to relate to a jazz/blues singer but they have no experience. They get into a scat-off and Ferrell acts like every character he's ever played, playing it cocky like he was better at scat-singing than Lou Rawls when he clearly wasn't.
If you have nothing else to do on a rainy day, check it out. Otherwise, there are plenty of better commentaries. I'm not sure if they get paid to do commentaries, but this one feels like an excuse for a paycheck.
Reviewed by Thames Ironworks on March 29th, 2009
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I love this movie, but was amazed at how bad the commentary was. It's just unfunny ramblings that have nothing to do with the movie and aren't good enough to stand up on their own right. I gave up after 30 long long minutes...
Reviewed by scrambles on May 25th, 2009
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You know those SNL skits that aren't funny and go on waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy too long? Yeah.
Reviewed by kickerofelves on May 14th, 2010
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The commentary had little to do with the film but on its own is quite hilarious I thought. It seems one either loves it or hates it.
Reviewed by Tone714 on August 24th, 2010
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I could see why some people hated the commentary. But I for one loved it. Sure it got off to a little ridiculous and sloppy start. But it eventually smoothed out and became thoroughly entertaining. The only reason I didn't rate it very high is because when I enjoy a movie I expect the commentary to have some insight to the process of making the film. But this commentary had nothing to do with the film. Therefore 6/10.
Reviewed by River51 on May 5th, 2012
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This is Star/Writer Will Ferrell and Director/Writer Adam McKays's free thinking free wheeling first time commentary where they invite friends and family into there completely awful comments.
It sucks and makes me want to punch them.
Reviewed by JohnnyW on August 23rd, 2013
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Note: There are TWO versions of the commentary for Anchorman! One is great, and one is terrible.
Unrated: This version begins with McKay and Ferrell testing what they can get away with saying on a commentary -- which amounts to about 15 minutes of bleeps. It's a TERRIBLE commentary (although it gets better once the beeps stop, everyone sounds bored and tired). One of the worst commentaries I've ever heard.
Theatrical: This version begins with McKay and Ferrell talking about what they did on the weekend, going to Vegas, getting drunk. It's not informative, but it is HILARIOUS. Top quality improv comedy. It's one of the funniest commentaries I've ever heard.
Reviewed by Duke Margiris on February 4th, 2014
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It's a damn shame, this commentary. Everyone involved is a funny, creative professional who knows his stuff. This is their chance to go into whatever fascinating and/or boring details go into making an incredible comedy. Instead, they almost immediately overstay their welcome and insult the viewers. They spend the first twenty minutes ad libbing before "realizing" the mics are on. A funny joke--if it had been five, maybe ten at the most, minutes long. The rest is an hour and a half of awesome people making unremarkable cameos. I love Lou Rawls, and have nothing against listening to him reminisce on his long career. But that's not why I'm listening to the Anchorman commentary. It's all one huge missed opportunity to hear these guys talk about their comedy craft.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on September 11th, 2016
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From future Oscar-winning writer/director Adam McKay and comedian Will Ferrell - making of the funniest, most culturally significant comedies of the 2000s
comes what is possibly the single worst audio commentary imaginable.
Seriously. With all of the comedic talent (and random cameos) that they assembled for this track, THIS is what we get? Warning: Angry rant is about to ensue.
Like others have pointed out, this is how the track breaks down: Adam and Will spend the first 10 minutes in a swear-off. Andy Richter and Kyle Gass pop by for a few minutes. Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd phone in for about three minutes each. David Koechner comes in for about 10 minutes. Lou Rawls joins them for the second act. It took 45 minutes for SOMEONE to actually talk about the filmís production, in which they address a point about expensive camera lenses. That lasts about 60 seconds. And that was the only topic related to the actual filmmaking process to be brought up in a 90+ minute commentary.
Some people mentioned that thereís another commentary for this movie thatís slightly better, but I have yet to find it. And honestly, I doubt Iíd even give it a chance if I were to access it.
0/10. No joke. At this point in my commentary-listening life, itís the most terrible audio commentary that Iíve ever had to sit through. Utterly useless and a waste of my time. I wouldnít even recommend this to play in the background while you do something else. What you SHOULD do? Just watch the movie. Itís hilarious and holds up so well, so just rewatch the movie and laugh.
Iím not sure if filmmakers and actors get paid to participate in commentary tracks, but if they do and the people involved in this one got paid for their afternoon of "commentating", I think I died a little bit inside.
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