Tooth Fairy (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Fox || PG - 101 minutes - $39.99 || May 4, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-05-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Lembeck
Writer(s): Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel and Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia and Randi Mayem Singer (screenplay), Jim Piddock (story)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd


Theatrical Release Date: January 22, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • DVD Copy
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin

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.::THE FILM::.

Do we still call Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “The Rock” anymore? I mean, hasn’t it been established he is a box-office draw and can ditch “The Rock” acronym after so many years? Sorry, small rant out of the way, Tooth Fairy is a light-hearted family comedy that has him taking a different role although one that Vin Diesel took to resurrect his…no wait; his career is still pretty dead isn’t it? Anyways, back to the subject, I enjoyed the film enough to warrant a viewing, so let’s get on with the show.

Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a hockey player with the wrong attitude on life. He’s famously known as “The Tooth Fairy” to his fans but manages to treat everyone of them like dirt after his games and in his real life. He’s currently dating Carly (Ashley Judd) who has two kids: Tess (Destiny Whitlock) and Randy (Chase Ellison). The two are in love despite the fact Thompson is quite the jerk to Randy and doesn’t really take care of Tess while Carly is away. One night Tess loses a tooth and after a confrontation with Thompson he proclaims there is no such thing as the tooth fairy but before he can finish the statement Carly cuts him off and tells him to stop squashing other people’s dreams.

Thompson rushes home to sleep where he’s awakened in the middle of the night with a summons under his pillow to come to fairy land. He brushes off the idea but then magically he’s teleported to fairy land and meets with his caseworker Tracy (Stephen Merchant) who informs him that he’s forced to be a tooth fairy for not believing in the tooth fairy business. He awakes the next morning thinking that the previous night was nothing more than a dream he heads off to his girlfriend’s house to have a fun night with her. Sadly though the night is interrupted by the fact that he grows wings magically and is forced to be an actual tooth fairy and collect the teeth from kid’s pillows in the middle of the night. This is done to not only teach him the tooth fairy is real but also the idea that the way he’s living his life may not be the right way for him to succeed. Can Thompson figure out how to be a tooth fairy or will his wings get clipped?

I must say this is quite a change of pace for Johnson being in this flick. He manages to be the “jerk” that everyone loves to hate and yet we all root for to get better by the end of the movie. His character is phenomenal here and has a bunch of jokes and while some may find them cheesy (Oh yeah!) I found them to be quite entertaining for the most part. Sure, they are lame and odds are mostly kids will find them funny but even as an adult or immature child myself I still found quite a liking to them.

The story is somewhat convoluted and I was disappointed by it. At first this seems more like a hockey flick than a comedy since the casts jokes revolve around the same concept most of the time (faeries, tutus, wings, etc) and the picture does move at quite a slow pace. I understood for the most part what was going on in the movie but the problem is that children may not be so lucky. The pace of the flick causes the movie to somewhat dwindle in entertainment value for the young ones, as though halfway through the movie I forgot that Thompson even played hockey or that he was once a pro. Yes, there is a back story to the character and one that I’m not sure needed to be there. Sure he learns a lesson in the end but one that I really doubt most children will be able to comply with in their minds.

I would say that this is a perfect flick for both kids and adults to enjoy, although I’m betting that the kids will probably find this to be a “slapstick” kind of comedy with some repetitive jokes thrown in for good measure. Oh, I forgot to mention, there’s an awkward cameo from a famous actor (although you know him better for his voices) that falls completely flat. That had me wondering why he agreed to be in the movie for one incredibly unfunny scene.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Tooth Fairy Training Center (21 minutes): This is a feature for kids only, so adults can leave the room and do something else for twenty minutes. The kids can view scenes from the moving and also get some exercise to be a tooth fairy of their own. I’m not sure exactly what the motivation is for this extra but I’m sure some kids somewhere will find this to be fun.

Fairyoke (4 minutes): Derek and Tracy sing a song with the lyrics provided on the sing to sing-a-long to. I found this to be quite entertaining as though Derek is funny attempting to sing the song with some added commentary from the two.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Commentary by Michael Lembeck: I think I heard more of the movie than Lembeck himself, as though he managed to keep relatively quiet in spots and then talk for some time. He’s not the most enthusiastic commentator I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and I found myself dozing off a bit as the track went on. He does manage however to point out some of the technical portions talked about in the below features among other things, so anyone who enjoys hearing half movie and half track will find this one exciting.

Gag Reel (3 minutes): The cast screws up lines and jokes around with one another in a few scenes. I didn’t find this all that entertaining as seeing the cast laugh doesn’t make me laugh, despite their best attempts.

Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): The deleted scenes don’t make all that much sense and should probably be skipped. There are a few plot holes in them (for example, the first one he was in costume and now he’s not? He never got the tooth…) that had me glaring as to why they were even in the production of the flick. There’s also little comedy value here, so I recommend passing.

Behind The Scenes (39 minutes): There are a ton of behind the scenes extras that you can view, such as how some of the shots were made, the visual effects before and after, and also the storyboards for the flick. I thoroughly enjoyed this extra and the fact that not only is it incredibly in-depth but also quite entertaining to watch. I doubt that the children will enjoy this one though so this may be better served for the parents only. The creating fairyland is the best one in my opinion though, as the director points out some things about the magical place and also showcases how the shots were setup.

Finally, a DVD Copy and a Digital Copy are available for your viewing pleasure.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I’m somewhat disappointed after viewing this incredibly new release, as though there’s nothing here to really write about in terms of the film being extraordinary and separating itself from the herd. Colors are somewhat awash throughout the film and don’t strike me as being colorful in any sense of the word. They appear sort of taken back and just don’t pop out or create any eye-popping experiences for the viewer. There were also multiple scenes I noticed some noise and grain that caused my eyes to hurt when viewing. I may be coming off somewhat hard on this one though but honestly I expect a little bit better in terms of video quality from such a new release.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is a disappointment as well for a new release flick. The audio is rarely consistent and I found myself having to constantly tweak the audio mostly up for the dialogue parts and then down somewhat for the hockey and other few action sequences. The few action sequences involved with the film sound pretty decent although there’s nothing here that’s going to get your speakers too excited. Dialogue levels are all over the place and I found myself struggling to hear some of the lines in the movie as it progressed, which is never a good thing for a flick. I think this would have been a great track if the audio was improved slightly and the levels balanced out a little bit more.



.::OVERALL::.

I’m not sure why I enjoyed the Tooth Fairy as much as I did. The film has some funny moments but odds are only ones that are kids or immature like me will find hilarious. The technical package is somewhat disappointing but the great extra features, including both a Digital and DVD copy, are a plus. I’d say this tooth fairy is an easy addition to your collection.