DVD Release: Ranchero

DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $24.99
Studio: Indican

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Danny Trejo (l.) means business in Ranchero.

Roger Gutierrez and Danny Trejo—the man who never met a movie he didn’t want to appear in—star in the 2008 independent drama-thriller Ranchero.

After the death of his parents Jesse Torres (Gutierrez) leaves his childhood cattle ranch for the Bright Lights of the Big City. Reconnecting with his childhood friend, the troubled Tom (Brian Johnson), Jesse finds himself in a squalid neighborhood of drugs, gangs and broken dreams.

Struggling with his new life, Jesse finds solace in a local girl, Lil’ Bit (Christina Woods), but as the romance blossoms, Jesse is confronted by the neighborhood mobster, Capone (Trejo) who owns her. Now faced with a drug addicted best friend, an angry mobster and his girlfriend’s freedom, Jesse must make some hard choices with dangerous consequences.

Directed by Richard Kaponas and written by co-star Johnson, Ranchero has popped up in a few U.S. film festivals over the past couple of years, most notably the SENE Film, Arts, and Music Festival, where it picked up a handful of awards.
It also rolled out to a pair of theaters in May 2011.

Of course, we are most thrilled to note that Disc Dish favorite Danny Trejo appears in this one! The past year alone has seen him in the DVD/Blu-ray releases of A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury, Recoil and the upcoming Bad Ass. Go Danny!

Check  out an interview with Danny where he discusses Ranchero and his love of indie cinema.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.