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Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years of Liger Magic, Tots, and Great Skills (2004/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD Widescreen + Pan & Scan)

Picture: A/C+/C- Sound: A/B- Extras: A Film: B+

Ten years ago saw the release of Napoleon Dynamite and now 20th Century Fox has re-released the film on Blu-ray in this excellent package with a Blu-ray and two sided (Widescreen/Full Screen) DVD edition.

The film is arguably the best film made about nerds since Revenge of the Nerds came out in the 1980s and tells the story of Napoleon Dynamite - a teenage geek with a fantastic imagination a pet Llama named Tina. His nerdy older brother, Kip, studies martial arts and has an intense online relationship with a hot babe and is constantly picking on Napoleon - who is smitten with a quiet girl at school named Deb who takes studio photographs and sells beads. Things turn south when Napoleon's Grandmother gets injured in a dirt bike accident and Napoleon's trouble making Uncle Rico moves in with a scheme to sell 32 piece Tupperware and model sail boats door to door. One saving grace is Napoleon's new friend Pedro who gives him some confidence with talking to girls and ultimately breaks him out of his shell with a lavish student body election.

Once Pedro asks out Deb to the school dance, Napoleon decides to ask out Tina by giving her a hand drawn portrait of herself. Thanks to Uncle Rico laying a guilt trip on her mom, she reluctantly accepts Napoleon's invitation. The film just keeps getting funnier and funnier and makes any nerds you know inferior to the nerds depicted in this film.

The Blu-ray release of this film is superb - 20th Century Fox did a great job of restoring the picture quality to its original 1.85 X 1 aspect ratio in 1080p high definition. The audio sports a DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 5.1 lossless track, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks respectively. Subtitles are also available in English SDH, Spanish, and French. The DVD sounds noticeably worse than the Blu-ray, which is standard with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Fox also loaded this special edition release with TONS of extras including Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, and Commentary by Co-Writer/Director Jared Hess, Producer Jeremy Coon and Star Jon Heder, Peluca - an original short film, Cast Commentary by Aaron Ruell, Elfren Ramirez, Jon Gries, and Tina Majorino, The Wedding of the Century, On Location: Napoleon Dynamite, World Premiere - Jared Hess Documentary, Napoleon Sightings, MTV On-Air Promo Spots, Still Gallery and Audition Clips

If you are a fan of the film then this release is definitely worth picking up! If you've been living under a rock for the past decade and haven't seen it, then it really is a must see quirky comedy that delivers the laughs and is funny even on repeat viewing.

This is the fourth major release of the film on home video and we have covered all 4 of them, featuring a different writer sharing their thoughts on the film in each case. Here's the link to the previous three reviews:



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