DVD Review: Rango

Directed By Gore Verbinski
Starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Abigail Breslin and Bill Nighy



After taking an unfortunate tumble out the car window during a family move, a fast-talking pet lizard (Johnny Depp) used to a spoon-fed city life finds himself alone on the edge of the Mojave desert. He soon finds himself in the western town of Dirt, home to all manner of quirky small-town animal cowboy critters. Dirt has found itself in the middle of a mysterious drought, with water becoming the town’s most valuable commodity.

As lawlessness raises its head, the town are in need of a new sheriff, but while the fish-out-of-water lizard snags the job by naming himself Rango and fabricating tales of his Wild West heroics and badassery, he’ll have to rise to the challenge and summon the hero within in order to save the people of Dirt from drought, destruction and giant, murderous reptile Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy).
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While few animated family movies manage to be just as fun for adults as kids, and the majority will only appeal to those under the age of ten, it’s incredibly rare to find one that’s infinitely more enjoyable for those old enough to remember a time before Facebook. Rango manages to be exactly that – an animated film tailor-made for the parents in the audience that their kids might just enjoy, too.

All the great moments, the sharpest bits of dialogue and even the visual style are aimed squarely at adults, from the quirky and not-exactly-cuddly cast and the phenomenal second act two-pronged cameo, to the numerous sublime nods to movies like Chinatown, Django and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Sure, there’s enough slapstick and action hi-jinks dotted around to ensure that youngsters will never get bored, but they’ll also likely be entirely confused as any adults in the room spend the whole movie laughing their butts off at things that the young tykes don’t understand.
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Deliciously quirky, beautifully animated and impeccably well performed by Depp and the eclectic collection of voice talent, Rango might not be an instant hit with kids who’ll probably find its obscure references and slant of surreal existentialism sails over their heads, but older viewers will likely have a huge grin plastered across their face until the credits roll. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool western movie rife with gleeful homage – a cult classic masquerading as a kids’ film.
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While the top-notch animation mean it’s a film tailor-made for Blu-ray (that and some extra special features on the HD version), Paramount Home Entertainment’s DVD provides an excellent visual transfer and a great audio treatment. Elsewhere on the disc, a selection of quality extras provide some more bang for your buck:

  • Theatrical and Extended Versions
  • The DVD comes with the choice of the theatrical version of the film or an extended edition that’s 4 minutes longer and includes a few new scenes and an extended ending.

  • Audio Commentary by Gore Verbinski, James Ward Byrkit, Marc McCreery, Hal Hickel and Tim Alexander
  • Only available on the extended version, this commentary with director Verbinski and the technical crew is a surprisingly enjoyable and in-depth track, providing a tonne of honest insight into the making of the film.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Around 10 minutes worth of cut content, including the longer ending put back into the extended version, showing the town of Dirt’s fate after the big finale.

  • Previews
  • Trailers for Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rango: The Game.


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Rango is out on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK now.
Click here to order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

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