'Rango' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray

Posted Tue May 10, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT by

The hit original comedy will saddle up Blu-ray this July!

In an early announcement to retailers, Paramount will be releasing 'Rango on the high-definition format on July 15.

“An animated comedy for smart moviegoers” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) that is “like nothing you’ve ever seen” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), the hilarious and imaginative 'Rango' stars Johnny Depp as the voice of a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who 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.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, 'Rango' delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher ('Horton Hears A Who!'), Abigail Breslin ('Kit Kittredge: An American Girl'), Ned Beatty ('Toy Story 3'), Alfred Molina ('Spider-Man 2'), Bill Nighy ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'), Harry Dean Stanton, (“Big Love”), Ray Winstone ('Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull') and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”).

The release will be a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack with both the theatrical and extended versions of the film with 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: Commentary—By director, story co-writer and 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 Extended Version only); Real Creatures of Dirt — In this fun and educational piece, animal experts talk about the real creatures that inspired the characters of Rango and the filmmakers explain why they chose specific animals to reflect certain personality traits; deleted scenes; a never-before-seen alternate ending; and a theatrical trailer.

Blu-ray exclusives include: A Field Trip to Dirt — Using the technology and footage from ILM’s special camera, viewers are put in control of their own tour of Dirt. They can select the streets they want to explore and the characters they’d like to interact with, discovering trivia and other bonus footage along the way; Storyboard Reel Picture-In-Picture—Enhance your movie-viewing experience by watching the entire feature with picture-in-picture images of the storyboards (Theatrical Version only); and Breaking The Rules: Making Animation History — Discover Gore Verbinski and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) prepared for their first animated movie by following every step the filmmakers made to create this new kind of animated film.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.99.

Here's a peek at the box art:

You can find the latest specs for 'Rango' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under July 15.

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Rango (Blu-ray)
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