Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions today announced the upcoming release of an all new cut of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” which will be released exclusively on Digital. While the film has been released in unrated, extended and super-sized versions, this cut of the comedy is unique, in that it isn't a comedy at all.
The new version of the film, titled “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: The No Joke Cut,” will feature no jokes at all, and will instead focus on the drama surrounding the rise of the first 24-hour news channel. The "no joke" release follows the theatrical release of a super-size version of the film which featured a whopping 763 new jokes.
Along with the announcement, a trailer for the alternate version has debuted. View it by clicking on the video above.
The producers offered a tongue-in-cheek explanation for the new cut.
“Comedies often fail to get the consideration they deserve because laughter masks the serious storytelling going on beneath the surface,” said producer Judd Apatow. “This new cut illustrates that "Anchorman 2" can hold its weight against any drama.”
“People know that Will and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there's a very powerful drama at work,” said writer/ director Adam McKay. “Movies like "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People" and "Breaking the Waves" are the movies that inspire Will and me. I'm just glad, with the no joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of "Anchorman 2." ”
While detractors of the film might suggest that the last thing "Anchorman 2" needed was fewer jokes, it promises to be a fascinating experiment. Look for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" on digital outlets soon. Subscribe to the National Blu-Ray Examiner for reviews and info on the latest Blu-Rays, DVDs and digital exclusives.