Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wake Up, Ron Burgundy

Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Appelgate, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd

Directed by Adam McKay

Release Date: Never Officially Released in Theaters

What's that, you say? ANOTHER Ron Burgundy movie, when did that come out? Well, Ferrell and cast had so much material for ANCHORMAN: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, that an entire sub-plot was cut out of the movie and released as its own DVD extra with the movie. For years, WAKE UP! was only available for a short time offer, forcing Ferrell fans to hunt eBay auctions for the rare "lost" movie. Well, thanks to Best Buy, now you can watch this rare movie on blu-ray!

As for the movie itself, it's an enjoyable comedy for fans of Anchorman. Certain characters are given on-screen appearances, such as Ron's mentor Jess Moondragon or Ed Harken's deliquent son, and a new misadventure with the Channel 4 News Team is explored. Instead of Ron and Veronica figthing for top billing on the news, a group of radicals are terrorizing San Diego and are now after Ron Burgundy to stop the lies (...whatever that means). This is billed as a "sequel", but don't fool yourselves folks, it's just cut material from the original film. Don't get me wrong, it's still a really funny film, but the tacked on narration trying to justify how this takes place after the first movie was a bad idea (still, the narrator gets some really funny lines when he goes on a tangent). If you enjoy a low-brow comedy, check out Wake Up, Ron Burgundy!

Rating: * * * * of 5

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