Walt Disney Home Entertainment brings “The Lone Ranger” into your living room on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download. This is the perfect opportunity for more people to give it the chance they didn’t when it hit theaters. The film is as authentic a western as audiences can get these days. It’s an action-packed ride filled with humor and plenty of thrills.
John Reid (Armie Hammer) rides along with his Texas Ranger brother to track down a ruthless bandit. After the group of lawmen is killed in an ambush, Reid is left for dead. Native American Tonto (Johnny Depp) finds the injured Reid and nurses him back to health. It's now left up to the unlikely union of these two very different men to track down the killer of Reid's brother and bring him to justice.
“The Lone Ranger” is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2:40.1). The video quality is up to the standards we expect from Disney. The picture is clean and the colors are all well-balanced. Much of the movie is filmed on location which lends to its authentic feel and viewing experience.
The 7.1 surround sound mix for “The Lone Ranger” puts the viewer right in the middle of all the adventure and excitement. “William Tell’s Overture” never sounded so bombastic while accompanying all the gunfire, galloping, and explosions we are awarded in this fun-filled journey into yesteryear. Hans Zimmer’s musical score perfectly accentuates all the frenetic and dramatic activity taking place on the screen.
The Blu-ray version of “The Lone Ranger” contains a few special features. They include three featurettes entitled “Riding the Trails of ‘The Lone Ranger’,” “Armie’s Western Road Trip,” and “Becoming a Cowboy.” It also features a deleted scene and bloopers.
“The Lone Ranger” isn’t a perfect film by any means. Some of the action sequences are a bit long for one. I found Johnny Depp’s performance as Tonto to be a lot of fun to watch, but some might feel he’s going back to the Captain Jack Sparrow well one too many times. Overall, it’s a rollicking good time that hearkens back to the days of cliffhanging matinees of the 1930s and 1940s.