Disney's tale of a desert prison where kids have to spend all day digging holes is "an entertaining little romp that refuses to patronise its ankle-biting audience". You could also say the same for the DVD release, which comes with special features that are likely to appeal to a more mature audience, with one notable exception.
Kids Let Loose!
Why have these kid actors been left unsupervised for a commentary of their own? The lead children in the movie fill up a near two-hour hole with a dull track of name-checking and trying to be funny. There's no reason why they shouldn't have a laugh, but this doesn't even seem to be an interesting conversation for themselves, let alone some past it DVD reviewer.
An Adult Commentary
Director Andrew Davis and writer Louis Sachar provide the rather more sedate and informative second commentary track. It's also as dry as a desert hole, but compared to the first effort this is an oasis of information, especially if you're a fan of the original book and want to know how Louis and Andrew agreed on how the film should be realised.
Also on this slightly strange disc are six deleted scenes and two mildly interesting featurettes, which includes audition footage of the kids.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.