Featured In Issue 158, July/August 2011

WSR Score5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Rude humor, language, action and smoking
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107 /112
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Gore Verbinski
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Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Rango is the story of a chameleon (Depp) living as an ordinary family pet that dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. (Gary Reber)

The theatrical (01:47:18) and extended version (01:51:50) are options. Special features include commentary by Director/Story/Co-Writer/Producer Gore Verbinski, Head of Story James Ward Byrkit, Production Designer Mark "Crash" McCreery, Animation Director Hal Hickel, and Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Alexander (on the extended version); a Picture-In-Picture Bonus View Storyboard Reel (available on the theatrical version); the featurettes Breaking The Rules: Making Animation History (HD 48:52) and Real Creatures Of Dirt (HD 22:16); 10 deleted scenes (HD 08:27); "A Field Trip To Dirt" interactive tour (HD 02:13:16); the theatrical trailer; up-front previews; and a digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture is magnificent! Creatively rendered throughout, detail is exceptional. Every nuance of texture is vividly depicted. Fine detail can be observed in every unique desert creature, from hide to hair. Costumes are incredibly vivid, with every thread and stitch perfectly resolved. There are really no adjectives to describe the extent of attention to detail rendered by the CG animators. Colors are perfectly balanced, with richly depicted earthy hues expressed in muted greens in chameleon Rango and tortoise Mayor, pearls in rattlesnake Jake, and reds and every shade in between displayed on a virtually endless mixture of unusual creatures. Contrast is
perfectly executed with deep blacks and exceptional shadow delineation. Scorching sunlight penetrates just about every scene with moments of blinding intensity. Dimensional perception is amazing, to the extent that every frame is an expression of incredible depth. This is an absolutely amazing reference picture experience that is beyond impressive! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a masterpiece of high fidelity delight! The voicing talent is exceptional, and the ADR is presented with an uncanny sense of spatial integration in every scene. Atmospherics, Foley, and sound effects punctuate soundscapes with directionalized bursts that enliven each scene. Bass extension is deep and solid, with .1 LFE energy at times energized at sub-25 Hz frequencies. Hans Zimmer's wonderful orchestral music score performed by Los Lobos is dynamically powerful and spatially enveloping, with an aggressive surround presence. This is an unbelievable reference holosonic® soundtrack that really creates an imaginative sonic experience that audiophiles will cherish. (Gary Reber)