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'Anchorman' Rich Mahogany Edition is Kind of a Big Deal



Is there such a thing as too much Anchorman? No, there is not. It's one of the comedies that reward endless viewings, a list that starts with Animal House, This is Spinal Tap, Caddyshack, Stripes, Old School and The Hangover.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is (finally) due in theaters this Christmas and the Rich Mahogany Unrated Blu-ray Edition has arrived in stores everywhere just in time for review. What comes with this 2-disc edition?


It's a long list. One disk one, you get the original movie and an extended, unrated version. You get a commentary with cast and crew and Lou Rawls. You get nearly 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a blooper reel, their "Afternoon Delight" music video and Ron Burgundy's ESPN Sports Center Audition.


Disk two gets you an alternate version of the movie called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy about a '70s terror group led by Public Enemy's Chuck D. that takes on the News Team. The whole thing seems like it was the original plot of the movie that somehow got abandoned during filming. Is it as funny as Anchorman? No, but it's probably funnier than whatever you watched on demand last night. The disk also includes Public Service Announcements, Ron Burgundy celebrity interviews, making-of documentaries, cast auditions, the table read, rehearsals, trailers and assorted other nonsense.

There's also a pack of News Team trading cards and a copy of Ron Burgundy's datebook full of the anchor's musings and scrawls.

If you want to get technical, this isn't a brand-new set. This came out a couple of years ago as a Best Buy exclusive and now it's available everywhere to everyone.


The Anchorman machine is operating at full speed. Aside from those ubiquitous Dodge commercials, Ferrell has published a fake Ron Burgundy autobiography called Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings, he showed up in character this weekend to anchor a North Dakota newscast and they've worked with Ben & Jerry's to create Ron Burgundy's Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream.


Is all of this a little bit much? No. Anyone who loves Anchorman can never get enough Anchorman. Which is why I'm including this photo of  this bombed-out Anchorman 2 vehicle that's parked in a Northeast Georgia RV lot near my house.


If you haven't already left our page to order your own copy of the Blu-ray and you're willing to shop at Walmart or Sam's Club, you might want to wait until December 10th for their limited edition gift set that includes the Rich Mahogany Edition, a t-shirt that says "I'm Kind of a Big Deal," a coupon for a free pint of Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream, a 16-page excerpt from Let Me Off at the Top!, a digital copy of the movie and a $7.50 discount coupon so you can see Anchorman 2 in a theater. You're welcome.

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