Is there a director more dichotomous than Robert Rodriguez? He is best known for making highly stylized horror and action films like Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, Sin City, Grindhouse Presents: Planet Terror and the upcoming Machete, based on a mock trailer from Grindhouse. In between all this gore and mayhem, he helmed three very successful Spy Kids movies, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and the family comedy-adventure Shorts. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take their cherub-faced toddler to a family film directed by the man whose bloody revenge story Machete has a tagline, “You just f****d with the wrong Mexican?”
If you’re cool with Rodriguez’s split personality and have some wee ones around, you’ll want to check out Shorts on Blu-ray or DVD on November 24. The movie about a colorful magic rock with the ability to grant any wish that lands in a neighborhood and causes chaos is full of supplements, including The Magic of Shorts, Shorts Show and Tell, Ten Minute Film School: Short Shorts and Ten Minute Cooking School: Chocolate Chip Volcano Cookies. Sounds precious, right? Breathe easy, parental units—this Rodriguez disc is free of gooey zombies, amputee chicks with machine-gun legs, and a half-naked Salma Hayek dancing provocatively with a giant snake. One could say it is family fun without a single pissed-off Mexican. In Shorts, that is how Rodriguez rolls.