I remember when trailers hit in 2004 for Napoleon Dynamite. I thought it looked like the stupidest thing ever put on film. I had no desire to see it. What I didn’t know was how expertly written the film was to look like the stupidest thing ever put on film. When I finally did see it, I was shocked at how funny it was and how endearing the characters were. Now on its 10th Anniversary we have a new special edition of Napoleon Dynamite hitting shelves this week.
Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is just another kid in a Preston, Idaho high school. He dreams of Liger’s (the lethal mixed breed of lion and tiger), loves his tater tots and does not get along with his strange 32 year old brother Kip (Aaron Ruell). Now he has decided to help his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) run for Student Body President against mean teenager Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff).
Napoleon Dynamite is a film that is overflowing with quirky and bizarre charm. Although almost every character is way over the top, writer/director Jared Hess infuses his characters with enough humanity that you can still relate to them and root for them. Jon Heder crafted a character for the ages with Napoleon Dynamite, a character that instantly found an audience and was constantly referred to, quoted and mimicked by pretty much everyone everywhere. He was a pop culture phenomenon in the summer of 2004 and the film became an instant cult sensation after hitting it big at the box office with about $50 million on a $400 000 budget.
The new Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is stellar, but might be the same transfer as the previous edition. Still, it is a nice presentation with great clarity and detail throughout. The special features differ here though with a nice selection of commentaries and behind the scenes material sure to keep the most rabid fan happy. Hard to say if it is worth the double dip if you have the original edition, but the felt liger striped Blu-ray case just might tip the scales for you. Highly recommended.
Available Now on Blu-ray and DVD.