Watching Dwayne Johnson’s career post wrestling you have to wonder how “The Rock” has gone from pummeling bad guys to taxiing children around to mountains or becoming…well, a tooth fairy. Ultimately the decision has paid off for him, however, since he manages to bring in quite a lot of money for these very family-friendly outings. Although Tooth Fairy cost nearly $50 million to make, it made double that when worldwide ticket sales were taken into consideration; impressive considering the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and viewers alike. But never mind that now—Fox has pushed out a three-disc edition of the film that encompasses Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy’s all in one set; after all, who doesn’t want to watch Johnson with wings on three different formats?
In the spirit of The Game Plan and The Pacifier comes a funny “fish out of water comedy” perfect for the entire family. Hilarious and wholesome, Tooth Fairy arrives on Blu-ray Disc/DVD Triple Play and DVD May 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Dwayne Johnson (The Game Plan) stars as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his ability to knock out other players’ teeth. After discouraging a youngster’s hopes, he is ordered to one week’s hard labor as the real Tooth Fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first he “can’t handle the tooth,” but eventually learns how to adapt to his new position and finds himself rediscovering his own forgotten dreams.
It’s kind of odd that the film starts out with Johnson being kind of a jerk to everyone…and in fact it kind of lasts the majority of the film, leaving us with a rather unpleasant lead for the near entirety of the film. Of course he eventually learns his lessons, straightens up, yatta yatta yatta, but for the majority of the film it just paints him in a rather unpleasant light. He’s either stealing money from children or smashing their guitars (ok so that makes it all sound worse…but he did do those things) during the film, which just…well it gets rather tiresome. Add to the fact the movie is over an hour and a half long (usually the cut-off point for these types of films) and those extra ten minutes appended to its run time just feels like too much.
So what saves the film? Well, the supporting cast is pretty fantastic. Julie Andrews, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Billy Crystal, and Seth MacFarlane round out the unique setup of supporting talent in the film and they are all quite superb in their roles. Andrews is especially great to watch go up against the (in comparison) hulking Johnson. Plus MacFarlane is rather amusing in his rather brief appearance (same can be said about Billy Crystal), but its Merchant’s wanna-be-Tooth-Fairy character that really steals most of the show. I’ve always found him to be incredibly hilarious in whatever he works on and this is no different.
As for the rest of the story…well, it’s pretty simple. Johnson redeems himself in the end, learns his lesson, gets the girl, progresses further in his real job and everything is right as rain. It’s a helplessly predictable and wholly foreseen outcome to the film and I have to say there was little here that was redeeming, short of the aforementioned supporting actor performances. Not to belittle Johnson or Judd, of course, as their roles were delivered admirably as well…just with significantly less entertainment for me.
Overall this is a fine distraction for children, but I doubt it’ll warrant more than a Rental. Johnson is normally great in these films, but I just didn’t find him all that appealing. I mean when you start out the movie by taking a dollar from your girlfriend’s daughter…how do you really hope to rope viewers in with that one? That’s just a total jerk move right there.
Fox releases Tooth Fairy in the greatest combination pack ever to be invented: Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy. Yes, it’s kind of a waste that Fox put the digital copy on a separate disc so you end up with a three-disc set, but it’s still nice that they’re following the trend that Disney started (and a trend that Warner has gone full-bore with, doing it with all of their films and not just with children’s movies). The set boasts the usual amount of inserts inside the packed case and no exterior slipcover.
Video arrives in the form of an AVC encoded 1080p 1.85:1 transfer and…well, it’s new, it’s from Fox and it’s on Blu-ray…how do you think it looks? Sarcasm aside, Fox provides yet another brilliant transfer that boasts all kinds of neat little environmental details and whatnot. Everything from the actual fairy wings to the visual effects of the magical dust and all that looks fantastic; facial and clothing details are strong as well, with everything honestly looking quite flawless. I really don’t have any complaints about the film that are related to the transfer as it just looks…well, nice.
Audio is similar in that the DTS-HD 5.1 MA provides a solid sound field in which to experience the film. The hockey matches especially are quite forceful with their impact sounds and crowd noise. Dialogue is clean and clear pouring out of the center channel and surrounds are usually reserved for the more “fantastical” elements of the film, such as the sprinkling of dust or any kind of sequence involving CGI. It’s not a terribly complicated sound mix and the scenes which actually require surround usage don’t seem to dial it in quite as high as they could (and should) have…but overall it’s a pretty decent soundtrack.
• “Train to be a Tooth Fairy” interactive feature
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Introductions
• “Behind the Scenes”
o Behind the Scenes” with Lem and Jake and
o Lem and Jake Talk About VFX: Before and After
o 1st Assignment with Storyboards
o Wings and Fairy Things – Costume Design
o Flights, Tights and Fairy FX – How The Magic Was Brought To Life
o Creating Fairyland – Production Design
• Audio Commentary by director Michael Lambeck
It’s quite a lengthy list to be sure, but the majority of the extras are pretty darn brief. The Behind-the-Scenes segments and the “Train” featurette are actually the longest of the bunch with a total time between the two of about an hour. The others are two or three minute bursts, but it’s the lively commentary by Lambeck that was honestly the most entertaining thing on this disc (movie included). He’s just a very informative and insightful director and seems to be genuinely appreciative of the cast and crew of the film. Still as entertaining as the track was for me I doubt the majority will want to invest another viewing of the film into listening to it.
Overall it’s a decent package but for a film that’s really just the definition of “meh.” Not terrible, but certainly not great, Tooth Fairy will be an easily forgotten movie…although I’m sure it will make a pretty penny for Fox by the time the home video sales calm down.
Tooth Fairy is now available on a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack as well as on a standalone DVD.