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Napoleon Dynamite
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

John Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino & Diedrich Bader

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Flippin features include a corndog (when you see the menu, you

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2224401
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Thematic Elements And Language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/21/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jared Hess
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A social outcast in a small Idaho town, Napoleon Dynamite (Heder) spends his time avoiding knee-kicks to the stomach from jocks at his high school, drawing mythical creatures, and tending to his grandmother

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a pleasing color palette that nicely shows off the beautiful Idaho locations. Fleshtones are naturally balanced, and colors are nicely saturated with deep blacks. The picture is generally sharp, though some minor smearing is noticed. Edge enhancement is generally minor with this title, but there is some pixel breakup noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

As with what generally occurs in movies of this genre, most of the presentation is through the front three screen channels, with a very subtle use of the surrounds for low level effects. Deep bass is very rare in this Dolby