Blu-ray/DVD Release: The Lone Ranger

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


The Lone RangerJohnny Depp (The Rum Diary) plays Tonto to Armie Hammer’s (J. Edgar) legendary law man in the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger.

The action adventure film brings Depp back together with the team behind at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Terry Elliott and Ted Rossio. New to the party is co-writer Justin Haythe (Snitch).

In The Lone Ranger, Depp’s Tonto recounts the tales that transformed Hammer’s John Reid from law man to masked vigilante, seeking vengeance after justice failed them.

Also starring are Tom Wilkinson (The Conspirator), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and Barry Pepper (True Grit).

Rated PG-13, the film wasn’t too well liked by critics, who gave it only 30% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were kinder but still only liked the movie 59%. Generally, The Lone Ranger was criticized for being unnecessarily long — it is 2.5 hours — and convoluted. As Miami Herald‘s Rene Rodriguez wrote, “Director Gore Verbinski has adopted the more-is-better approach he used in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, crowding the movie with so many extraneous characters and subplots that the film becomes an endurance test.”

The Lone Ranger Blu-ray/DVD boxThe Lone Ranger is coming out only in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. It will contain these special features:

  • blooper reel
  • deleted scene
  • “Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger” about the five-mile oval track that was built for the film’s production
  • “Armie’s Western Road Trip” with Hammer taking viewers on a tour of the locations where the film was shot
  • “Becoming a Cowboy” with the cast learning how to shoot a gun, ride a horse and live in the Wild West
  • downloadable digital copy.

The extras also are available with the movie’s digital download from select retailers.

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About Sam Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.