The cinema-going public can’t get enough of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy. Anchorman II: The Legend Continues is back with a new cut and brand new material…
Ron Burgundy made a return to British cinema screens on Friday in a new cut of Anchorman II: The Legend Continues. The trailer, shown below, tells viewers they will find 753 brand new jokes in this more risqué, R-rated version.
This is the first time distributor Paramount has re-released a new cut of one of its recently-released movies for a limited time only. In fact, Anchorman II’s “redux” will only be available for a week. It comes as little surprise to hear the original version of the film was so long the studio considered splitting it into two movies (where have we heard that before – I’m looking at you Peter Jackson). Thankfully, sense was seen and the film was cut to a manageable running time.
But in the background, Paramount had a second editor cutting the movie with different jokes. Now we get to see this raunchier version with new material and 20 minutes of extra footage.
Director Adam McKay told the Washington Post he was shocked when his editor told him he had a totally different movie with hundreds of new jokes. Shock turned to excitement when Paramount said they were re-releasing the film back into theatres for one week. The director says, “If you’re a hardcore ‘Anchorman’ fan go see this. If you’re not, stay very far away.”
One of the exciting new additions, says the director, is a musical number that was one of the scenes cut from the original theatrical version. “It’s the same movie but there are little treats like that in there,” he says.
You may wonder how the movie can cram nearly 800 new gags into its extra 20 minutes of run-time. Well, it can’t. What the new version does is replace jokes from the version we’ve already seen with alternate jokes taken from the many outtakes. Although it sounds like a marketing stunt to extract every last cent from the Ron Burgundy character, its director was pragmatic when he told the New York Times, “This is a stitched up, Frankenstein version. You’ll either love it or hate it.”
Make your own mind up about it by watching the trailer below. But be quick as Anchorman II: The Legend Continues disappears from cinemas at the end of the week.
Anchorman II: The Legend Continues… (Trailer)