Richard J. Goldschmidt | Oak Lawn, IL USA | 05/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Without any knowledge of what this DVD 2 pack contained, I bought it based on my love of Clayton Moore and the Lone Ranger! I was completely surprised by the quality of the film print! This film looks better than many of the feature films today. It is prestine. The trailers, interviews with Dawn Moore and Michael Ansara and photo gallery were the iceing on the cake. This was Clayton Moore's favorite LONE RANGER feature film and rightfully so. This film should have been re-released to the theaters instead of making the forgetable film of the late 1970's and Moore never should have been in a legal battle over the mask he, and only he, deserved to wear. Rick Goldschmidt (Author of THE MAKING OF A RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER)"
"those thrilling days of yesteryear ~ The Lone Ranger & Tont
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 09/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment and Warner Bros. present the first big screen full length in color "The Lone Ranger" (1956)(Special Edition) (digitally remastered in Dolby), long running Lone Ranger series on radio and then turned out in the early '40s in the movies...it's all new and in Warnercolor the west's greatest hero...the story line is excellent with outstanding action scenes and production with over hours worth of entertainment.... the Ranger and Tonto must overt an all out Indian War and stop the rancher Reece Kilgore from taking over Indian Lands...will the Lone Ranger come up with disguises to get in with the gang of local villians...can we count on the Masked Rider and his faithful Indian Companion to right all the wrongs across the plains...respect for the Native American and the diginity they have earned is displayed throughtout the story and film...watch the scene in which the Ranger bestows upon Red Hawk the Indian Chief, is very touching...we all know very well that Tonto and the Ranger are very good friends and saddle partners...Clayton Moore once stated he loved Jay Silverheels like a Brother...and that my friends is a real hero!
Under director Stuart Hiesler, producers Jack Wrather and Willis Goldbeck, screenplay by Herb Meadow and George W. Trendle...the cast include Clayton Moore (Lone Ranger), Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Silver (Lone Ranger's horse), Scout (Tonto's horse, Lyle Bettger (Reece Kilgore), Bonita Granville (Welcome Kilgore), Perry Lopez (Pete Ramirez), Michael Ansara (Angry Horse), Robert J. Wilke (Cassidy (Kilgore's foreman), Frank DeKova (Chief Red Hawk), John Pickard (Sheriff Sam Kimberley), Beverly Washburn (Lila Kilgore), Lane Chandler (Chip Walker), Kermit Maynard (Rev. Purdy )...the Masked Man rides to new heights of excitement...entertainment for every man, woman and child who ever dreamed of adventure...another thrilling days of yesteryear western with a "Hi-Yo Silver" the Lone Ranger rides again with this big screen technicolor release from Warner Brothers Pictures.
CHAPTER TITLES: (Disc One) (The Lone Ranger - Special Edition -Wide Screen & Full Screen) 1. Opening 2. The Governor 3. Old Prospector 4. Two Sides 5. Ridin' n' Ropin' 6. Abilene 7. Just in Time 8. Finding Clues 9. Preparations 10.Unmasked 11.The Scarf 12.Held Captive 13.The Rescue 14.Spirit Mountain 15.Silver 16.Explosion 17.The Chase 18.Rest Easy
SPECIAL FEATURES: (Disc Two) 1. Interview with Michael Ansara by Michael Druxman 2. Interview with Dawn Moore by Leonard Maltin
BIOS:(Disc Two) 1. CLAYTON MOORE Birth Name: Jack Carlton Moore Birth Date: 9/14/1914 - Chicago, Illinois Death Date: 12/28/1999) - Los Angeles, CA 2. JAY SILVERHEELS Birth Name: Harold J. Smith Birth Date: 5/26/1918 - Ontario, Canada Death Date: 3/05/1980 - Woodland Hills, CA 3. Lyle Bettger 4. Bonita Granville 5. Michael Ansara 6. Stuart Heisler (Director)
PHOTO GALLERY (Disc Two) 1. "The Lone Ranger" the films stills in color & black and white - Lobby Cards
VCI LONE RANGER TRAILERS:(Disc Two) 1. "Ride in the Whirlwind" (Jack Nicholson, Mille Perkins, Cameron Mitchell and Harry Dean Stanton) 2. "The Shooting" (Jack Nicholson, Millie Perkins, Will Hutchins and Warren Oates) 3. "The Lone Ranger" (thunders to the motion picture screen) (restored trailer) 4. "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" (restored trailer) (Golden Book Entertaiment)
THE LONE RANGER CREED (Disc Two) Written by Fran Striker.
Clayton Moore was a circus acrobat at the age of eight and grew up in the Midwest (Illinois)...worked in the circus and traveled to New York and then Hollywood where he became a stuntman and bit player...inducted into the "Stuntman's Hall of Fame" in 1982...also received the "Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame'" also the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" both in 1990...Clayton was once quoted "Playing him [the Lone Ranger] made me a better person.", "Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn't want any other. I was playing the good guy."..."I will continue wearing the white hat and black mask until I ride up into the big ranch in the sky." (On his costume as the Lone Ranger, February 4, 1985)...Clayton very much enjoyed quoting and lived by "A Ranger's Creed" which included this moral lesson "That God put the firewood there, but every man must gather and light it himself."
Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from The Lone Ranger vintage era...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch B-Western from VCI...just the way we like 'em!
Total Time: 87 mins on 2 DVD's ~ VCI Entertainment 8252 ~ (5/01/2001)"
Lone Ranger DVD...Spectacular!
J. Lovins | 04/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD gives you the best of both viewing worlds!! View it in widescreen or standard pan and scan. The Lone Ranger and his faithful companion, Tonto, never looked better. The movie opens in an action packed sequence and continues through confrontations and gunfights without the all the graphic dismemberments. This film will take you back to the times when the whole family sat together and enjoyed true entertainment with a great message. The double dvd set includes a seperate dvd with bonus materials including an interview with Clayton Moore's daughter, Dawn as interviewed by Leonard Maltin. It also contains a recently produced interview with actor Michael Ansara. This DVD is one for the whole family."
The Lone Ranger (1956) (widescreen)
DavidR | Toronto, ON, Canada | 03/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film is the first featurelength movie featuring the stalwart stars of the TV series, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. It is the Lone Ranger in his best ever screen performance. The movie is thoroughly watchable entertainment especially in the widescreen format with some gorgeous panoramic cinematography from Edwin Dupar. The story is straightforward but with tight competent direction from Stuart Heisler the film has the look and feel of a big screen movie. Some of the stunts are spectacular to watch and the finale battle between the Lone Ranger (Moore) and the villain, Cassidy (Michael Ansara) is excellent. This a must for western fans who want to see the Lone Ranger at his best."
BVT | Paranaque City Philippines | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCi's offering of the 1956 Lone Ranger feature film is outsatnding. Prior to this, I had to watch my old VHS EP Mode version and it was not pleasant. It never is with EP mode products. The VCi copy is clear and crisp with brilliant and vibrant colors, the way a DVD rendition of classic film should be. Despite the Region 1 tag, it is an all regions DVD and all Lone Rnager fans around the world will have the chance to enjoy this one. This is the best Lone Ranger film of all times as the production values are top notch. The sequel - The Lost City of Gold pales in comparison as somewhat akin to a made for TV movie. That must also be had to complete the cinema presenations of the Lone Ranger. The 1980's feature "Legend of the Lone Ranger" is an aberration, nice to see but not to collect. Congratulations to VCi."