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Napoleon Dynamite [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import]

Jon Heder , Efren Ramirez , Jared Hess    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Diedrich Bader
  • Directors: Jared Hess
  • Writers: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
  • Producers: Chris Wyatt, Frederick Wedler, Jeremy Coon, Jory Weitz, Sean Covel
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JNNDE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is pure Marmite.... 23 Oct 2008
By Bobster
Format:DVD
...you either love it or you hate it! A typical B movie - you either get it or you don't. I thought it was a fantastic off-beat comedy with some of the wierdest comedy one-liners in a long time but it's subtle so don't buy if you like Adam Sandler. Is this "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" for Nerds, maybe? I think ND is a slice of genius but I sent a copy to a friend with similar taste (or so I thought) who didn't get it at all. As I said in the beginning...this is Movie Marmite!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gosh!" 13 Aug 2008
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I watched Napoleon Dynamite and wasn't expecting to like it as I thought it was going to be another teen comedy in the ilk of American Pie, or some other excruciatingly drawn out brain-dead flick.

But I was really surprised. I watched it and I thought it was okay. Then the next day I kept remembering scenes, the character of Napoleon Dynamite grew on me and I ended up having to watch it again. The same thing happened with my missus, she thought it was a pretty average film, but something about it really appealed to her and now it's one of her all time favourites!

This is a story about the kid at school who was a bit weird, socially awkward and a bit slow. Nobody knows much about his actual life, they just hear his ludicrous stories and mock him. The film explores the home life of Napoleon and his less than conventional family.

The comedy is offbeat, and tends to come from Napoleon's soft cursing ("Gosh!") and physical manner. His loose dangling arms and weird running add to the oddness of the character. There's not one poor performance in the film, but Jon Heder's portrayal of the lovable geek is utterly convincing. And there's the `dance scene' - something which has to be seen to be believed, pure cinematic gold!

When Pedro, a Mexican immigrant comes to the school, it is Napoleon who befriends him, and together they work to get Pedro elected as class president, at the same time there's a romantic interest with Debs - slightly more switched on, but still a social outcast. The dynamic between the three is often awkward, but there's a sense of understanding between them, a feeling that they have found a group of their own to belong to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dazman
Format:DVD
The humour in this film threw me a bit, I've only discovered Jon Heder in the past few months, there's something about him that I really like, I personally think that both School for scoundrels and The Benchwarmers are both funnier and have more going on in them, plus Jon Heder is given more material in which to use his undoubted comical talent.

I guess the humour here is subtle and understated in many ways and as others have said you'll either get this or not and there's no real in between.

Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) puts in a fine performance, using dry humour very well, Efren Ramirez (Pedro) whilst not given a huge amount of screen time also performs very well, with good support from the rest of the cast.

This film only cost $400,000 to make, but so far has taken over $158,000,000 worldwide, it's an enjoyable comedy, I did not find it hilarious, but I'm glad I purchased it all the same, definately an acquired taste, so maybe best to hire first to see if you get it or not.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon Dynamite-Special! 14 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
I bought this having already had the original version. The new special features include new deleted scenes (excellent),the original short film Peluca that the film was based on (good),some napoleon sightings(various shows John Heder has done as Napoleon)and the screen test for various characters.

However the first disc is pretty much identical bar commentary being added from the actors who portray Pedro,Deb uncle Rico and Kip. The film itself is excellent though if you haven't seen it. If you have and you already own it this is pretty much for diehard fans only.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be a classic 23 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
I have seen this film referred to as quirky, kooky and weird. It may well be all of those things but above everything it is already a classic in my opinion.
I am not a newcomer to films and have watched many films over the years. I have no particular preference for a certain genre. But every once in a while a film comes along and surprises you. Surprises you in the sense that you go into watching it with very little expectations and then find it exceeds all of them.
Watch this film and vote pedro.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmm... 5 April 2007
Format:DVD
To start with I have to disagree with Cochrane below, the film was well intended to be...well, lifeless in a way, but that's what brought it to life! It routinely takes very quirky scenarios and characters and manages to make them look completely normal, pretty hard to do. Jon Heder plays Napoleon beautifully, he should be commended for playing what is now a cult character so well, and the trio of Napoleon, Pedro and Deb are so enchanting, there seems to be some unspoken, underlying beauty of the friendship there.

Although this film probably won't make everyone laugh, (it isn't normally my type of humour, hence only 4 stars) if you are into sarcastic, deadpan comedy you'll probably love this film. Well worth watching, if only to come at a film from a completely different point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely love this film, Ive lost count of the times I've watched it but never get tired of it. Would recommend anyone to give it a try
Published 37 minutes ago by linda ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies likes this anymore...no cursing and swearing
Great movie! It's so funny and I love the characters too.
Published 2 days ago by Ana Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a birthday present for my teenage son who has enjoyed the thrill...
This was a birthday present for my teenage son who has enjoyed the thrill of the DVD version for a couple of years. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this mad film and ordering it online allowed me ...
Still love this mad film and ordering it online allowed me to share it with my 14 year old niece, it was delivered to her and we enjoyed chatting about it which was lovely
Published 2 months ago by Clarissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny then and now!
This movie was hilarious to me years ago when it came out, I laughed so hard. This time around was no different. It was just as great, maybe more so now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by fredamans
5.0 out of 5 stars May be an acquired taste, but I love it
It gets better every time you watch it. Have you noticed the spelling and grammar of the people giving this one star? Just saying.
Published 3 months ago by Freestyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than you think
It takes some time to get going, but when it does, you will be using the best jokes in your day to day life. Eventually you will not look at a Lama without smiling to yourself. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nacho
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