This reviewer has to admit having never been a Jack Black fan, that is, until seeing him in “KING KONG”, wherein he actually proved that in the right role, he can be terrific. His over-the-top persona worked well in that role. In “NACHO LIBRE”, just released on dvd, blu-ray and hd-dvd, Black is a cook for an orphanage willing to don a disguise and wrestle in the aim to make enough money to do good for orphans. “NACHO LIBRE” could’ve been a funny, sweet film, but instead, it’s almost entirely slapstick humor that varies from very stupid to mildly funny, but always in a manner suited for adolescents that like fart jokes. This isn’t to say there aren’t some great, witty moments,…there are! Unfortunately, they’re too far and in between to recommend the film for adults.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this dvd release. The image is solid. Colors are rich, and even when the image gets soft, the detail is impressive. Contrast is fine, although darker scenes lack the deep blacks and grays found on so many superior PARAMOUNT dvd releases.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s not an aggressive mix, but there’s a fair amount of separation focused on the front speakers. The score is excellent and well complimented throughout all speakers.
Those who’ve enjoyed the film in theaters will be pleased with the abundance of extras. A commentary with Black, the film’s director, and producer, is provided. It’s a casual, sometimes funny track. Unfortunately, there are long lulls in it and only die-hard fans of the film or Black will enjoy it.
Numerous featurettes, including a lengthy behind-the scenes, “DETRAS DE LA CAMARA”, are included.
Deleted scenes, rehearsal clips and previews are also included here.