The DVD included has only the PG-13 theatrical release (one hour, 58 minutes). The first of the Blu-ray discs lets you choose between that version and the unrated “Extended Cut” (2:03). The second Blu-ray disc has an R-rated “Super-Sized” alternate version (2:23). The cover claims “763 new jokes,” which sounds like hyperbole until you realize that the “Super-Sized” cut not only has added scenes, but actually replaces all the original scenes (as far as I could tell) with alternate takes. For most films, this would be a pointless exercise, but the cast improvises or at least reads a lot of utterly different material — e.g., different versions of Ferrell's exclamations of surprise (“Great ----'s ----!”).
Two hours and 23 minutes is, in general, way too long for a goofy comedy, and the filmmakers most often (not always) picked the best material for the theatrical version (which was already a tad long for this sort of film). But even these throwaways are funny, as are another hour and a half of “Extended Alternate Scenes.” (There may be overlap with the “Super-Sized” stuff, but who can keep track?)
In addition, there are other deleted scenes; a commentary (on the Unrated version only) with Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, producer Judd Apatow, and director Adam McKay; more deleted and extended scenes; three audition tapes (two from casting sessions for the first film); about an hour of “behind the scenes” footage; selected bits from the first table read; and frankly so much altogether that it gets boring to list them.
It's hard to imagine what could be added for a more “special” edition; kudos to Paramount and the filmmakers for jamming it all into this one release.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (Paramount Home Media, DVD, $29.99; DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99)
--ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on "FilmWeek" on KPCC-FM (89.3).