Frequently Asked Questions
Anchorman 2 is the second film in the Anchorman series, preceded by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) (2004). Like the first movie, Anchorman 2 is based on a screenplay written by principal actor Will Ferrell and American film-maker Adam McKay (who also directed).
Characters returning from the original film include: (1) Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), (2) Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), (3) Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), (4) Champ Kind (David Koechner), (5) Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate), (6) Garth Holliday (Chris Parnell), (7) Wes Mantooth (cameo appearance by Vince Vaughn). and (8) Edward "Ed" Harken (Fred Willard), news director of KVWN.
There are at least 5 different cuts of this movie available.
1. US theatrical version — With a length of 119 minutes, especially the dialogs have been altered in order to get the PG-13 rating. Among others, this version is available on disc 1 of the US Blu-ray release.
2. UK and Australian theatrical version — Also a length of 119 minutes but many scenes altered for the PG-13 rating are uncensored. Several other detailed differences to the US theatrical version. Among others, this version is available on disc 1 of the UK and Australian Blu-ray release.
3. German and Asian theatrical version — With a length of only 113 minutes, this is the shortest of all theatrical versions. Whether particularly edited or based on the UK or US theatrical version is still unknown. Details will follow as soon as it has been released for home movie theaters. Among others, this version is available on the German and Japanese Blu-ray release.
4. Super-Sized R-rated version — The movie had a second limited theatrical release in the US in which the PG-13 alterations for the US theatrical version have not been reversed (as the nake implies). Instead, it has a length of 143 minutes, entirely alternate takes have been used for almost any single scene. Among others, available on disc 2 of the US, UK and Australian Blu-ray releases.
5. Unrated version — With a length of 123 minutes, the unrated version is some kind of hybrid of the US and UK theatrical version. Similar to the UK theatrical version, the PG-13 alterations have been reversed. The additional alterations mentioned above are often equal the US theatrical version. Furthermore, there are a few extended scenes which are also the reason for the additional running time. Available on disc 1 of the US Blu-ray release, just like the US theatrical version.