This DVD features “The Lone Ranger” and “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold” – two colour feature length movies from 1956 and 1958 respectively after the famous TV series ended. Now that Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels have hit middle-age, you can see they’re getting a little older for their roles here. But that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment and excitement of watching the classic “Lone Ranger” in action and in colour. I found the first feature was the better of the two, having more action and stronger villains. It was also interesting to see them actually put a bit of money into the production of these films. Sometimes you could really see them cutting corners on the original TV series.
In terms of the DVD itself, there are no extras or special features such as subtitles unfortunately. Then again this is clearly designed to be a budget priced DVD. The prints are generally good, although the colours are a little dull or muted at times. “The Lone Ranger” is probably a B grade image. It’s not razor sharp and there’s some occasional speckling and the odd line through much of the early part of the film. The print does show its age and I was a little surprised by that. But it’s still more than watchable and the damage is not really distracting. However, I was particularly disappointed to read afterwards that these were widescreen features so I’m assuming Classic Media has cropped these somehow. With “The Lone Ranger” there were a few brief vista scenes where the left and right sides of the screen seemed fuzzy like they’ve compressed the picture a bit.
I didn’t notice as much print damage to “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold.” It would probably rate a B+ but again it’s not a restoration-type image. I’m assuming these are the best prints out there but the VCI releases that came out a few years ago might be comparable in image. They apparently have some special features like interviews with Clayton Moore’s daughter.
All in all, I’d give this release a B. But it’s hard not to be a little disappointed seeing all the time and effort that Classic Media put into their Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition a couple of years back. That set was simply gorgeous! Hopefully Classic Media still has plans to release the remaining seasons of the classic “Lone Ranger” with that same degree of quality and care.
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Well, Amazon, you’ve done it again.
Listed a DVD with absolutely NO valid information.
Even the photo of the cover has more info than you’ve put here.
Length: 1 Minute ????????????????????
That is hardly worth spending 1 cent on.
AMAZON, IF YOU ARE GOING TO LIST MOVIES ON YOUR WEBSITE, AT LEAST GIVE SOME VALID INFORMATION ON WHAT WE ARE GETTING FOR OUR MONEY
DON’T LIST IT UNTIL YOU HAVE THAT INFORMATION.
1 MINUTE?? UNBELIEVABLE and this isn’t the only title I’ve seen with 1 minute listed.