Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2013


"The Lone Ranger" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Tonto, an elderly Native American, recounts a tale from his past about lawyer John Reid and his transformation into The Lone Ranger, a legend of justice. After becoming a lawyer, John returns home to visit his Texas Ranger brother and his family. They ride out to capture outlaw Butch Cavendish, but instead get ambushed and John is rescued by a renegade Comanche warrior known as Tonto. Together they seek justice against evil white man. 


  • Disney
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13 , 2 Hr, 29 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directed by: Gore Verbinski
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


Tagged as Pirates of the Caribbean in the old west, The Lone Ranger did not live up to the quality of Gore's previous films. However, the writing should take most of the blame, as the fault of the movie was in its lack of clever dialog and mundane plot. There are some fun action sequences, including moments that take zero regard for the laws of physics, but other than that there isn't anything to hold the movie up. I guess it is back to the swashbuckling seas for Verbinski.


The Lone Ranger features a fantastic video transfer. Colors are natural, yet vibrant, and contrast is top notch. Don't know if Blu-ray could look any better than this. The 7.1 DTS track was just slightly underwhelming for a Verbinski film. I thought the bass would have more impact and surrounds would have been stronger. Still, it is a better mix than most movies.


Riding The Rails of The Lone Ranger, Armie's Western Road Trip, Becoming a Cowboy, Deleted Scene & Blooper Reel