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Texas Rangers [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Starring James Van Der Beek (The Rules of Attraction) and Dylan McDermott (TV's The Practice) alongside Ashton Kutcher (No Strings Attached), Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie and The Pussycats) and Usher Raymond (The Faculty).

After the Civil War, Texas is at the mercy of murderous bandits. From the chaos emerges a group of young cowboys summoned to reform the Texas Rangers and restore order. Under the fearless leadership of Leander McNelly (McDermott), the new Rangers find themselves severely outgunned and outmanned...but unmatched in courage and determination.
Special Feature(s): Full High Definition 1080i; 16x9 (2.35:1)


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Product Details

  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ashton Kutcher, Dylan McDermott, Usher Raymond
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SNL0YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
I've read quite a few books lately about the Texas Rangers, including 'Taming the Nueces Strip' by George Durham, on which this film is supposedly based, and 'Texas Ranger' by N A Jennings, on whom the character of Lincoln Rogers Dunnison is obviously based. Jennings' book, as he himself admitted, is not wholly truthful, yet his character (Dunnison) is made the hero of the film, while Durham's character (given his real name) is a foil to Dunnison. Jennings lasted two years in the Rangers before going back east and never rose above private (and secretary to McNelly), while Durham lasted a whole lot longer and fought alongside McNelly with distinction. Yet in the movie Durham is made to look an excitable idiot, while Dunnison becomes a Ranger captain. Why the scriptwriters should have chosen to do this is a mystery.

Dylan McDermott as Captain Leander McNelly gives a very good performance, as does Robert Patrick as Sergeant John Armstrong (who captured John Wesley Hardin in later years). Alfred Molina's performance as a grinning King Fisher is neither menacing or cruel - just inept. The real King Fisher was confronted by McNelly but always escaped justice at the time.

The young McNelly made his reputation as a leader in the Civil War and further enhanced his reputation as a Ranger captain in the Nueces Strip. He once led a daring (and illegal) raid into Mexico to retrieve stolen Texas cattle from bandits but his men were never massacred by bandits, despite a few close shaves in Mexico.

Jesus Sandoval was a vengeful sadist, whose wife had been killed by Mexican bandits, but this character hardly figured in the movie (his gruesome exploits could not have been shown anyway).
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In the after-effects of the Civil War, Texas is a sleeping giant falling prey to vicious marauding and theft by Mexican invaders. The Rangers were disbanded to fight for the South; now they are to be regrouped, with a former pastor-turned-lawman, Leander McNelly (Dylan McDermott), in he lead. Persuaded by the government to undertake the training and leadership of thirty rag-taggled, half-bit schoolboy-turned-lawmen, McNelly finds himself at odds not only with his own priorities and shaken faith, but his inability in leadership.
One member of this poor crop of unshaven boys is Dunnison (James Van Der Beek), whose family was slaughtered by the Mexicans. Due to his writing talents, he is chosen as McNelly's personal aid and undertakes documenting all of the reports to Washington.
With very little time for training, the Rangers saddle up and ride off to meet their fates. But prejudice, poor shooting skills and mistakes are the least of McNelly's problems. There is also a traitor among them... a character who will turncoat... and a violent climax in Mexico.
Texas Rangers (PG13) has a good heart and could have been a great film. It's been a long time since there's been a truly excellent western on the market -- not since Jimmy Stewart donned his white hat and rode into the west. Sadly, this one will not fill the void. The fact that the film was not pre-released for the press is a dead giveaway that something is lacking. The acting is excellent -- pity the scriptwriters didn't give Dylan McDermott and Rachael Leigh Cook more to work with. The soundtrack is gorgeous -- will it be released? Probably not, considering the big-screen failure of the film.
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"The meek shall inherit the Earth. Someone's got to get it ready for them," said McNelly. That's the best line I've heard in a long time. Texas Rangers has a pretty good cast going for it in spite of Ashton Kutcher being in it.

This is the story of the Texas Rangers cleaning up border between the US and Mexico. Dylan McDermott stars as Captain Leander McNelly, the preacher and Ranger, and Robert Patrick as Sgt John Armstrong, lead a ragtag group of newbies to find King Fisher (Alfred Molina).

James Van Den Beek stars as Lincoln Rogers Dennison, McNelly's scribe and conscience. Van Den Beek's performance is understated and quiet, perfect for the part. Cigar chomping country singer Randy Travis is there with little to do with the movie. He seldom even speaks which is a tragedy since his voice lends credence to the culture of the American Southwest.

Filmed mostly in Alberta, Canada, the scenery is just as important as the actors and acting.
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Top shelf action packed great cast of stars all doing a great job in the movie. Action packed from start to finish.
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Texas Rangers has everything you want in a movie- great characters, great scenery, and lots of action.

The story is riveting, and the acting superb.

A modern day western.
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This is a great movie. The story line is interesting and easy to follow. I reccomend this movie to anyone,
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I just rented this movie from the local Library and was quite pleased on how it played out. It added some parts that make you laugh, and some that showed you the seriousness of how the true west and the real Texas Rangers probably were. I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction with Rachel Leigh Cook though, she is a wonderful actress and I think she fit in beautifully to the movie. I loved watching Lincoln(James Van der Beek) and George(Ashton Kutcher) play true cowboys and they really did seem like true friends on screen. I was very pleased with this product though.
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