Fans of 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" had to wait nearly 10 years for a sequel. Now, just a little more than three months after the Channel 4 Action News Team returned to theaters, fans can bring home three different versions of that sequel.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" hits home video and digital rental platforms Tuesday -- fittingly, April 1 -- and Blu-ray buyers will be delighted to know their $20-$30 will get them much more than just an HD copy of the film.
The 3-disc Blu-ray edition includes the original theatrical film, an unrated cut of the film that runs four minutes longer, and -- best of all -- an entirely different and raunchier cut of the film that boasts 763 new jokes. This "Super Sized R-Rated Version" runs almost 2½ hours, and played in a few theaters for only one week.
But the fun doesn't stop there. In a time when many Blu-ray releases have seemed inadequate -- Disney's "Frozen" comes to mind -- "Anchorman 2" delivers four collections of gags and outtakes, 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes, five behind-the-scenes featurettes including one that looks at the rumored musical version of the film, commentary, audition tapes and more.
That's a Blu-ray so comprehensive that I'm tempted to buy it even though I haven't seen the movie yet. (For the record, the first one is one of my all-time favorite comedies.)
Can I stream it?
That question is commonly asked by movie fans these days, and now there's a website that will answer it for you. CanIStream.it will instantly tell you where you can watch your favorite movie or TV show online, if at all. It could come in particularly handy if, say, you want to watch the original "Anchorman" this weekend.
From the ridiculous to the sublime
The main attraction at the movie theater this weekend is "Noah," the surely controversial Biblical tale from director Darren Aronofsky. He's best known for a pair of acting showcases: Mickey Rourke's big comeback in "The Wrestler," and Natalie Portman's tour-de-force in "Black Swan."
Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz each play three characters -- or are they all the same character? -- in three different time periods in a film about love, life, death and rebirth. The narrative, which bounces from Inquisition-era Spain to a modern laboratory and then to a bubble floating in space, can be jarring, but Aronofsky's script points the way to the film's beautiful, devastating conclusion.
Give "The Fountain" a chance. Even if you are befuddled by the movie, there's a good chance you'll be enchanted by the CGI-free visuals and Clint Mansell's haunting music.
• Sean Stangland is a Daily Herald copy editor and a tireless consumer of pop culture. You can follow him on Twitter at @SeanStanglandDH.