Napoleon Dynamite (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Fox || PG - 94 minutes - $34.98 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jared Hess
Writer(s): Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess (written by)
Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez


Theatrical Release Date: August 27, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Peluca Short Film
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Interview with Jory Weitz
  • MTV TRL Clips
  • Audition Tapes
  • Tankman Begins
  • SNL Clip
  • Coded Message
  • Utah State Fair Ads
  • Promos
  • Stills Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Japanese (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Italian (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin

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.::THE FILM::.

(Synopsis Movie Review)

Plot Summary:
Napoleon Dynamite (Heder), a lovable, unpopular high school age guy who just wants to fit in. There's Deb, the girl who keeps showing up with her crap on the front porch. There's Kip, Napoleon's geek brother who's searching for love. There's Rico, Napoleon's jock uncle who just seems to want to ruin Napoleon's life. And then Pedro shows up. The new kid in town. He's from Mexico, he has an awesome bike, and he's the only kid in school with a mustache. When Napoleon befriends Pedro, and Pedro decides to run for class president, Napoleon gets his chance to show his stuff and prove that he's got nothing to prove.

I really enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite when I first saw it...but then something happened - everyone else starting watching it! Before long, people were running around with 'Vote for Pedro' T-Shirts, wearing taped-up moon boots while saying "Your mom goes to college". Like Juno, I had thought I found a gem in the rough but quickly the masses caught on and turned a decent film into a joke - ripe for the Hot Topic picking. What could have gone onto being a cult classic (Heathers for example) was ruined.

"I see you're drinking 1%. Is that 'cause you think you're fat? 'Cause you're not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to."

Is it a bad movie? No, not at all. But the best comparison would be like when you're young and have your first girlfriend (or boyfriend). You think she's cute but then all your friends start noticing things like sheís a bit cross-eyed, has greasy hair, and wears the same pair of jeans all week along. You think to yourself "What the hell was I thinking" and break it off. That's my feelings on this film - good for one viewing but after that... let it go.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries and Tina Majorino
Commentary with Director Jared Hess, Producer Jeremy Coon and Actor Jon Heder

On-Location Shoot (42 Minutes)
World Premiere (43 Minutes)
Wedding of the Century

- - On Location and World Premiere are two really great Documentaries that are worth a watch. The first goes into detail on several of the scenes shot for the film while World Premiere follows Heder.

Peluca (8 Minutes) - Probably one of the best features is the original short which inspired Napoleon Dynamite.

Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (18 Minutes) - A mix of random scenes that don't really amount to anything. The only one I actually liked was when Napoleon was in the thrift store. Other than that - all rightfully snipped.

Other interesting features include Interview with Jory Weitz (13 Minutes), MTV TRL Clips (5 Minutes), Audition Tapes (8 Minutes), "Tankman Begins" (5 Minutes), SNL Clip (3 Minutes), Teen Choice Awards Clip (4 Minutes), "Coded Message" (1 Minute), Utah State Fair Ads (2 Minutes), Various Promos and a Still Gallery.

It appears everything from the 'Like Best Special Edition EVER' DVD has been carried over which is a nice treat. There is a small error on the back of the cover art - it lists the run time as 90 minutes but itís actually 94 - meaning this is the extended version. Phew.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Napoleon Dynamite is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. Fox definitely did some magic here as the film looks a lot better than the previous DVD releases but still retains a bit too much unnecessary grain. Everything looks sharper and colors are pretty vivid (and this is a really colorful film). My favorite part is the opening credit scene which uses various food and items to display the actors and actresses names - this really makes them pop!

Fox has upped the ante with an English (Japanese and Italian) 5.1 DTS MA track. The film is very dialog driven with numerous song and dance numbers and lossless really helps bring that alive - a big improvement over the previous DVD releases. Hardly demo material, but a nice upgrade. Other audio options include Spanish, French and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks and Subtitles included in English SDH, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese and Mandarin. "Gosh!"



.::OVERALL::.

As much as I may give Napoleon Dynamite flack for being an annoying fad, itís not a horrible movie. I don't know if I'd really recommend a purchase on Blu-ray if you have the previous DVD, but if you're a fan, go for it.