Digital Breakdown: Nacho man 

‘Reservoir Dogs,’ ‘Monster House’ hit DVD shelves this week

A bevy of summer blockbusters are out this week on DVD including "Mission: Impossible III," "Nacho Libre," "Monster House" and "An American Haunting." With more still to come before the end of the 2006 year, the DVD market is heating up once again just in time as the colder weather approaches.

NACHO LIBRE

Without Jack Black involved with "Nacho Libre," the film falls completely flat on its face as the story line is about as predictable as a "Scooby-Doo" episode and the laughs just wouldn’t carry the same, well, weight. But because Black was involved in all aspects of the film — including contributing to the film’s hilarious and spot-on soundtrack — it works and turns the film into a hilarious, tender journey of a Mexican friar/cook who at night wrestles professionally in order to give the orphans he feeds fresh salad and food instead of the slop they normally eat.

"Nacho Libre" is filled with stupid, physical comedy, gross-out puns and gags you can see coming a mile away, but luckily director Jared Hess (who helmed a little picture called "Napoleon Dynamite," maybe you’ve heard of it) lets Black carry the film in a way only he can. The DVD includes a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and a "Nacho Libre" comic book and a way to make your own luchador mask but you should probably hold off for a special edition that will probably make its way to market sometime next year. Price: $29.99. Rent or buy: Rent.

MACGYVER: THE FINAL SEASON

Speaking of bad news, fans of "MacGyver" must live out their dreams of taking everyday items and breaking out of a makeshift prison on DVD now that "The Final Season" is out this week. Yes, no more challenging puzzles to solve using just a bag of pork skins and a file cabinet. No more good times with a gallon of gas, a few strands of hair and a metal door. And, unfortunately, the last of taking a shoe-size mobile phone, bacon bits and a toothbrush and making a radio transmitter. Bummer. Price: $38.99. Rent or buy: Buy.

RESERVOIR DOGS: 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

"Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?!?" Indeed, why? But, of course, names don’t matter in the end of Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece "Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary Edition." Before he was making the entire world realize his genius, he achieved a never-ending cult status for this picture about five total strangers who team up for the perfect crime that is anything but perfect as one of them is a cop. This edition collects all of the special features from the previous editions onto one. So if you have yet to buy this classic, here’s your chance. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

MONSTER HOUSE

The title of "Monster House" pretty much sums up the film. Consider it the "Snakes on a Plane" of animated films. A house that’s a monster decides to eat all the children who come to the door for trick-or-treating during Halloween. Three kids find out about it and set out to stop the "Monster House" from carrying out the nefarious plan. The film isn’t good for adults as there isn’t really a lot here in terms of humor or entertainment but for older children it will be a good bet (there are some scary moments not suitable for small children) and they will enjoy the range of facial expressions given by CGI. Price: $28.95. Rent or buy: Rent.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK: "An American Haunting," "SCTV: Best of the Early Years," "Hamish Macbeth — Series Two," "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — Season 2, Vol. 1," "That’s My Bush: The Definitive Collection," "Astaire & Rogers Ultimate Collector’s Editon," "Nightmares & Dreamscapes — From the Stories of Stephen King," "Body Heat: Deluxe Edition," "The L Word: The Complete Third Season," "Flavor of Love: Season Two," "Wings: The Complete Third Season" and "Saw II: Special Edition."

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