Posted by Martin:
I got Nacho Libre for Christmas, it is one of those few times when I was given or bought a movie without having seen it first. My wife got it for me because I am a big Jack Black fan, I am a fan because he seems to a guy I would want to hang out with. I was a fan once I saw him in High Fidelity.
Anyway, Nacho Libre is made by the same guys who made Napolean Dynamite and School of Rock. It has much more of Napolean Dynamite rhythm to it, in that it goes for small laughs and deals with extremely quirky outcasts.
Ebert gave this movie only 2 stars in his review, I thought the movie deserved better praise than that., but this isn't a gut busting flick. It makes me smile and guffaw and chuckle, but it doesn't leave me thinking I just sawing extraordinary.
Jack Black plays an orphan who grows up in a monastery with Friers, and all he wants to be respected and given the necessary means to help other orphans that are raised in the monastery. Wanting to raise money for the orphanage he recruits a local homeless boy to be his side-kick in the wrestling ring.
The humor here is in the faces Jack makes and the real-life extras that populate the film. When you listen to the commentary with Jack Black and the writer and the director you begin to realize just HOW populated this movie is with local talent. This is not the Jack Black of School of Rock, this is a more quietly restrained Jack Black whose energy is channeled through his face and eyes, and not so much through his voice and extreme body contortions. Overall though this is a very enjoyable movie, I could easily recommend it.
The video transfer is excellent. This is a very dark and brown movie, because it takes place in Mexico and a lot of the scenes are at night, but the blacks have no noise that I could notice.
The audio mix is Dolby Digital 5.1, and it is a clean mix. Most the work out comes in the wrestling scenes and when the quirky soundtrack music begins to play.
There are actually a good dosage of extras on this DVD. One is a Nickelodeon special, which is actually enjoyable because it seems to be fun on the set. Other extras include behind the scenes with making the music and talking with the writer and director. The audio commentary is okay, it includes Jack Black, Mike White, and Jared Hess. They try to make it interesting by ordering food at the beginning of the commentary, and apparently they are eating during the commentary. Which unfortunately lends to more lag time as they are eating. They do a good job of pointing local talent and how good they were, and Jack makes better jokes in the commentary than he does in the movie, but overall it can be very slow. It seems making a good audio track commentary something VERY few people seem to be able to do.
But for a single disc DVD the extra are very abundant and quite enjoyable.
If you like Jack Black movies and Napoleon Dynamite then I would recommend checking out this disc.