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Starring: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader
Director: Jared Hess
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2004




- Director/Co-writer/Producer And Actor Commentary
- "The Wedding of the Century" making of featurette
- Deleted Scenes



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Mandarin/Thai/Korean/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Napoleon Dynamite is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight 'fro, sweet moon boots and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his brother Kip and avoiding his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napoleon's life - shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro - the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body's wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer. Napoleon will have to unleash his secret weapon...


Finally, we get to see why “Napoleon Dynamite” turns out to be such a cult indie hit. After skipping a theatrical release here, it’s finally out on code 3 dvd.

Is it because of Jon Heder’s endearing portraying of Napoleon Dynamite or the sometimes-inane humor? We guess both play a part.

Director and writer Jared Hess’s (Nacho Libre) tribute to the common class nerd is extraordinarily outstanding among the current crops of usual crude jokes and profanities-filled teen comedies (the American Pie series for one). In addition, it also stands out for being sincere although the leisurely-paced story might require some patience.

Credit also has to go to Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell and Efren Ramirez for playing memorable characters, the occasional smarty but blurrish Pedro, the steak-loving Uncle Rico and nerdish Kip who happens to be lucky to find his true love in the cyberworld.

The humor works at times, not necessarily able to please the fast-moving MTV generation of today (ironically the movie is produced by MTV films). But you can’t deny Jared Hess and Jon Heder for a great tribute to all the nerds and geeks in the world. Who says nerds are all bookish and losers.

And oops forgot to mention, the opening credits deserve a creative award or something.


There's a two-disc special of Napoleon Dynamite somewhere but this one-disc special surprisingly has a commentary track and deleted scenes to make do with.

Director/Co-writer/Producer And Actor Commentary– Listen to the lively banter between the guys as they divulge interesting snippets. One of those funnier commentary ever heard on dvd.

"The Wedding of the Century" making of featurette – A short featurette which touches on behind the scene shoot of Kip's wedding. Funny thing is it was shot one year after production has ended. So don't miss it as this scene will be shown after the credits rolled.

eleted Scenes – Nothing worthwhile to be put on the final movie version. But look out for the scene whereby Napoleon is getting his prom's outfit. On the accompanied commentary track, it's hilarious.


You can't fault the visual nor the audio because you don't need to utilise your 5.1 system for most of the duration and the visual is good enough to show off Napoleon's 'fro and dance moves towards the end.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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