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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2011

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"Rango" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

Rango

Synopsis

When a family’s pet chameleon is suddenly stranded in the Mojave Desert, he suddenly finds himself struggling to survive from heat, hawks, and other predators.  Taking on the name of Rango, he happens upon the community of Dirt where water is precious, and in short supply.  After a series of accidents leads to his becoming sheriff and the town bank is robbed, he has to find out who stole their remaining water, and figure out a deeper mystery surrounding it as well.

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 47 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Isla Fisher
  • Directed by Gore Verbinski
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Though I was initially worried about the association with Nickelodeon, I found Rango to be a very enjoyable file.  It’s chock full of references to other films (Chinatown, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Star Wars to name a few) that the film buff will really enjoy.  I’d highly recommend watching the film for the whole family.

Technical

Rango might be the best looking thing I’ve ever seen on Blu-ray.  Detail throughout the film is spectacular, and the different hair and scale textures on the animals are nothing short of amazing.  If you need something to show off your home theater to friends, go ahead and reach for this disc.  The audio doesn’t disappoint either with full use of all the channels, surrounding you during action sequences and making good use of ambient sound effects with the surrounds the rest of the time.  Rango takes full advantage of everything that Blu-ray has to offer.

Extras

Rango features directors commentary, deleted scenes, some featurettes on the making of the film, as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.