Robert Rodriguez' (The Faculty, From Dusk Till Dawn, Roadracers) made an different kind of family movie that has some originality and feel much fresher than the usual Hollywood-type family comedy. "Spy Kids" was one of Rodriguez' biggest hits, he had with Hollywood that produced three other sequels (I didn't see the fourth one yet).
Since Rodriguez' wrote the script, the movie is often imaginative and funny that it is aimed for kids only but some adults still have some fun with this. The Blu-ray acutally is the unoffical Director's Cut of this movie will three minutes of additional footage. The sequence, where the kids have to swin under Floop's lair to get through the secret passage but surrounded themselves with sleeping sharks! Since, it is a "Blu-ray" "DVD" Combo. The DVD contains the original theatrical version, the sequence sneak in too easily to swin to Floop's lair without any danger. Because Rodriguez never got to finish the sequence, while filming the movie originally. When the movie become an big hit, Rodriguez got to finish the sequence, he originally intended. Which it was briefly re-release as "Spy Kids:Special Edition". Which it was only seen in theaters until the Blu-ray release from last year.
The Blu-ray has an sharp anamorphic 1080P (1.85:1) transfer and an strong DTS HD 5.1 Surround Track. Blu-ray features has recent interviews with Rodriguez, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara and more mixed with vintage interviews. Where all the original three films are talked about and more. Sadly no Rodriguez commentary, which he gives plenty of information and trivia in all his commentary track on Blu-ray or DVD. The original DVD has no special features and that version is the original theatrical version. But the quality is so superior on Blu-ray comparing to the DVD, there is much more details and color on the blu-ray. For some tastes, "Spy Kids" is not as funny or entertaining to some people. Especially those who loves Rodriguez' flair for visual style, dark humour and great action sequences. This is the complete opposite, which his fans loves or hate. Overall, "Spy Kids", it is a good Children movie. Which it will amused, those who have family or those who are fans of Rodriguez' work. Vega and Sabara are good as the kids, who unexpected becomes spies after their parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) are kidnapped. Which they were former spies themselves. The movie has some surprises, a neat surprise cameo near the end of the picture and Danny Trejo's character is named "Machete"! Perphas he is playing the same character, he did in "Rodriguez' Machete" but in a softer, lighter tone. Which i am sure, Rodriguez was already thinking about that character for years before it turned into a fake trailer, then a movie and a sequel is now shooting. Grade:A- for the Video Transfer and Sound. Grade:B+ for the movie.