From the ashes of filmmaker Jared Hess' hilarious short film Peluca comes this tale of tots, moon boots, and one of the most unlikely screen heroes ever to step before the cameras as 20th Century Fox brings the breakout indie hit Napoleon Dynamite to DVD. Viewable in either 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, the image looks great as wood paneling and drab carpeting fill the frame with a startlingly authentic Midwestern malaise rarely captured on film. Colors are evenly balanced, and there is little evidence of digital artifacting or edge enhancement. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital Surround with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. An audio commentary with director Hess, producer Jeremy Coon, and actor Jon Heder is fairly lightweight, with the trio frequently joking and offering fun trivia about the film rather than focusing on technical details. Optional commentary is also provided on the pre-Napoleon Dynamite short film Peluca, and it's fun to see the lead character's origins in the entertaining student film. A hilarious gallery of still images highlights some of the quirky details seen all too briefly in the actual feature, and viewers are offered the opportunity to see Napoleon in action on the kickball field in a collection of deleted scenes. For those who just can't get enough, the filmmakers have taken a trip back to Preston to film "The Wedding of the Century," and viewers are offered the opportunity to join them as they reunite to film an additional scene. The cast is obviously having a great time coming together again, and the feature provides an excellent opportunity for the actors to reveal what appealed to them about the characters and the script. Napoleon Dynamite fans will certainly find much to enjoy on this fantastic 20th Century Fox release.
Director/co-writer, producer, and actor commentary
"Peluca" original short film with optional director/writer, producer, and actor commentary
"The Wedding of the Century!" making-of featurette
I love this film and have owned it since original release. I always figured why upgrade from DVD? These kind of films don't really scream for better resolution quality. It's not Jurrasic Park right? Well, when I saw the great price I decided why not? It's one of my faves so won't hurt. Let me tell you this is a HUGE quality upgrade. Looks fantastic. Perfect. One of the best blurays,quality wise,I've seen. As for the film. This is a subtle, funny, endearing story. Not over the top comedy. Simply great.
This movie still cracks me up every time. And my eleven-year-old son loved it for its randomness and meme-worthy bits (Vote for Pedro, Your Mom Goes to College, et al.). John Heder’s climactic “hip-hop” dance routine is still genius—better than you remember. The entire film is a kind of testament to the real dreams behind empty advertising promises of a better life through consumerism, and I’ll always love it for that.
I've owned the dvd version of Napoleon Dynamite for over 10 years and have finally decided to upgrade to the blu ray version, seeing as I've been trying to upgrade most of my dvds to Blu-ray. Very nice picture quality. Completely satisfied with my purchase.