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Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]

Johnny Depp , Timothy Olyphant , Gore Verbinski    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An animated Western with a chameleon as the hero is an unlikely concept, but Rango is a great film thanks to its witty mix of parody, intriguing characters, and sophisticated humour. When a common pet chameleon who's suffering from an identity crisis crashes headfirst into the stereotypically classic Western town of Dirt, he has the unique opportunity to completely reinvent himself. Dubbing himself Rango, the chameleon boasts of his own heroism and creates a spiral of deception that lands him an appointment as sheriff of a town in crisis. The question is, can one unprepared and completely unqualified chameleon possibly change this little town's future for the better? And how do road kill, enlightenment, and the Spirit of the West figure in to the equation? The animation looks great in this film and kids will love the goofy characters and crazy scenarios. But adults will find the film intriguing on a whole different level because of its comic parody of the iconic classic and spaghetti Western genres and the skilled balance of action, romance, and adventure. Kudos to director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and the talented voice cast, among them Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, and Bill Nighy, for an award-worthy film. Some kids ages 7 to 9 may find the film rather dark and the action a bit too intense, but kids 10 and older should be fine as long as parents don't object to the PG rating (some rude humour, language, smoking, and action). --Tami Horiuchi

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but wonderful... 21 Jan 2012
By Mitsuco
Reading some of the reviews, I thought Rango might not be suitable for my three year old daughter, and considering it was a PG I had a watch of it first to see what I thought.

The film begins in a very similar way to the excellent Aardman/Dreamworks Flushed Away, a pampered but lonely pet is thrown into the wild world and forced to fend for himself.

It then morphs into the classic western plot, stranger in town, corrupt mayor, gunslingers etc, all played out by a cast of beautifully animated ugly wild creatures.

Yes, it is weird, the animals are not standardised Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks cuties - they are rough and ready, battered looking wild creatures.

Yes, some of the references - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Clint Eastwood westerns, assorted Tarantino-esque moments - will be lost on little ones, but then the best animated films appeal to all age groups.

After watching I decided my daughter would get along OK with Rango, and it has quickly become a favourite, being requested most days!

I would say that if your kids can handle the weirder side of animation - my daughters favourites include Coraline, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox, the Nightmare Before Christmas and the Studio Ghibli movies - they will love this film. If they prefer their animation a bit more cute and cuddly, perhaps steer clear or buy it for the grown ups to enjoy!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I expected a lot from the duo Verbinski/Depp and I was not disappointed. Both me and my 10 y.o. daughter we spend a great cinema moment together watching "Rango" and I recommend this movie for a whole family evening, as it is a typical "kidult" (kid+adult) movie. In fact, when I looked, there were more adults than kids in the cinema and they were all having a really great time!

The reasons why this movie is so good are many, and I will try to enumerate the more important, avoiding the spoilers as much as possible:

1) It is a really really good, solid classical western, with all the necessary ingredients: a lawless town (named Dirt), a mysterious lone stranger, a cemetery filled with dead sheriffs, a cute (although tough) senorita in dire straits, a bank robbery, a saloon filled with the scum of the earth, a joyful merry undertaker (which is only normal - his is the only prospering business in Dirt), a deadly evil gunfighter who ALWAYS "takes a soul" in every town he visits, an Indian tracker (who molts, but we shall not hold it against him, shall we?) and also desperadoes, buzzards, posses, dynamite, old timers with shotguns, youngsters with Colts, hillbillies with Gatling machine guns, booze galore, Far West stories, coffee and beans around a campfire, mariachis on the cactuses and let's not forget the seven brothers killed with one bullet...)))

2) Johny Depp gives to Rango more than just his voice - this lizard IS Johny Depp! And also by placing in his mouth some of the lines from "Pirates of the Caribbean", Johny Depp made me relieve some of the best moments of this franchise. There were moments when I half expected seeing Barbossa behind that Gatling machine gun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 3 Jan 2014
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Funny, sweet, charming, exquiste and if you are from nottingham, look in the background after Rango has showdown with the hawk.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a few lizards more 30 Dec 2013
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Beneath the superficial kookiness this is actually quite a conventional Support Your Local Sheriff-type Western, in which the characters just happen to be animated animals. The plot is as well-travelled as the Oregon Trail; genre fans will quickly twig what is happening, whilst it's far too long and slow for kids. It's very nicely made but, as one or two others have said, it's actually a little dull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun DVD 4 Dec 2013
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My two grandsons just love this fun DVD. Great characters and colourful animation. Hope for more fun DVD's for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top film ? 17 Nov 2013
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Love this film and its blindingly good on blueray. Not many films are worth buying on blueray but this is one of them.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - don't miss this gem! 26 April 2011
We went to see this on the spur of the moment as there was nothing else we fancied on at the pictures that night. I'm glad we did as this is one of the most 'feel good' films I have seen in a long time. I wont go on as the other reviewers have mentioned all the best bits already but I have to say that the 'Ride of the Valkyries' played on banjos - a parody of the iconic Apocalypse Now scene - was brilliant.
I've seen it twice now and can't wait to get the Blue-ray when it comes out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not (just) for kids! 12 Dec 2011
With Rango, his first completely animated feature film, co-writer/director Gore Verbinski returns to the anarchic spirit of his movie debut Mousehunt as he follows the existential quest of hapless hero Lars, a chameleon voiced by the ever quixotic Johnny Depp.

I don't want to dwell too much on the suitably of the film for younger children, it has been rated PG and I think that speaks for itself. If it had wished to be marketed specifically for family audiences it would have strived for a U certificate like the Pixar and Dreamworks movies it's being unduly compared to.

Rango actually marks the foray of the George Lucas foundered special effects company Industrial Light & Magic into feature length animation; working under the guidance of the Coen Brothers regular cinematographer Roger Deakins they have crafted quite simply one of the most detailed, breathtaking and genuinely beautiful CGI pictures seen to date.

When we meet Lars he is stuck in a hermetically sealed world of his own imagining; an aspiring actor with an identity crisis, confined to a tiny terrarium he improvises scenes of would-be heroics, bouncing lofty dialogue off his inanimate inmates, a clockwork toy fish, a dead insect and a headless Barbie doll.

As Lars has the sudden realisation that the reason his life lacks definition is due to the absence of any real conflict his world is launched into space as the camera pulls back to reveal it's being carried by a car hurtling at high speed along the freeway which has been sent into a tailspin after hitting an armadillo attempting to cross to the other side.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Very good delivery as usual but the actual content of the film I found disappointing and was probably influenced by the involvement of jonny depp
Published 7 days ago by vixbear
5.0 out of 5 stars reptile Clint Eastwood
Such a great film for all the family! I ordered it in the early hours of Sunday Morning arrived wednesday no complaints
Published 12 days ago by Rebecca Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
This is a nice movie. It has a very different look and feel to a lot of kids movies and is a lot darker. The story is interesting but not amazing
Published 1 month ago by E. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky!
I really enjoyed the quirky humour of this film. It's easy to mentally picture Johnny depp coming through the animated character. Good fun and we'll acted.
Published 1 month ago by P Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this for my 8yr old daughter - she loves it and we've all watched it a number of times. The characters are excellent with some great observations. Very entertaining!
Published 1 month ago by C. L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars An excelent film
Who would get it first?the children or adults or you can sit down together and both enjoy. More of the same!
Published 2 months ago by Frank Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Rango dvd
Lovable little character and all his friends as they go from one escapade to another. Little grandson watches it time and time again.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay
Seamed okay. had a few laughs, but overall disappointed.
animation brilliant, story and style were just too querky for us as a family of 5.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. G. M. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Stocking filler for great entertaining during xmas holidays "en famille". Lovely characteristics , great voices, action and just pure fun
Published 5 months ago by Marianne Lette
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