Spy Kids
Robert Rodriguez is one of those rare directors who has managed to master both hard-R thrillers and horror flicks and kid-friendly family films. Looking back at the first decade of his career, when he was an acclaimed young indie director responsible for violent cult classics like 'El Mariachi,' 'Desperado' and 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' it would have been difficult to guess he'd one day make the 'Spy Kids' franchise, which returns to the big screen Aug. 19 with 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the Word in 4D.'

Now that the first three 'Spy Kids' installments are finally available on Blu-ray this week, Rodriguez explains in the special features that his inspiration for the lovable action films about a family of undercover agents sprang from his own family and a tiny plot point in one of his early movies, featuring Antonio Banderas, in 1995. No wonder Banderas was the natural choice to play the sleuthing Papi in the series.