May 19, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Napoleon Dynamite

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
86 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/11/04
performer
Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Shondrella Avery, Diedrich Bader, Ellen Dubin, Haylie Duff, Emily Kennard, Sandy Martin, Efren Ramirez
director
Jared Hess
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
genre
Comedy

Is the reissued special edition of ”Napoleon Dynamite” worth buying?

Bust out the tetherball and Tupperware sets. That irascible ”liger”-lovin’ lug is back for another round on the DVD playground with Like, the Best Special Edition Ever! (PG, 94 mins., 2004).

ORIGINAL
Besides forgettable deleted scenes and a sluggish on-set doc with the cast fawning over the film, the first edition featured cursory commentary by director Jared Hess, star Jon Heder, and editor-producer Jeremy Coon — unless you count championing the Capri Suns at craft services as insight. We don’t.

REISSUE
The supporting cast, led by peachy Tina Majorino, dishes about how Vincent Gallo was nearly cast as Uncle Rico and pokes fun at Heder’s spontaneous nose-wiggling in their lively commentary. Meanwhile, an amusing collection of Heder’s MTV and Nickelodeon spots charts Napoleon‘s rise to cult legend. Most endearing is the fish-out-of-water video footage following Hess’ own ascent up the Hollywood ladder. ”I’m smiling. Everyone else is doing Blue Steel,” he exclaims with aw-shucks glee.

VERDICT
We’re not freaking idiots. True, this new edition ostensibly coincides with the release of Hess’ follow-up, Nacho Libre. But the DVD transcends the usual bait-and-switch ploys to make some extra sweet cash and, indeed, earns our vote.

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