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Like his previous family comedy, THE GAME PLAN, there isnít a trace of originality to be found in anywhere in TOOTH FAIRY ($40), yet somehow, the twinkle in leading man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsonís eye makes the whole enterprise more enjoyable than it ought to be. Of course, it doesnít hurt to have Billy Crystal adding a few bursts of his own brand of comic magic to the proceedings. The premise of TOOTH FAIRY finds "The Rock" in the role of aging minor league hockey player Derek Thompson. Sidelined by an injury early in his professional career, Derek never lived up to his hockey playing potential, and as such, has accepted the role of "enforcer" for his team, with his hard hitting moves earning him the nickname "The Tooth Fairy", as he has knocked out more than a few opposing playersí teeth.

Despite his modest notoriety, Derekís failure to live up to his potential has left him a bit bitter and very cynical. So much so, that when the six-year-old daughter of his girlfriend Carly (Ashley Judd) loses a tooth, Derek practically spills the beans that The Tooth Fairy isnít real. Of course, for his transgression, Derek is hit with a summons, whisked off to fairyland and sentenced to two weeks of community service as a tooth fairy by the head fairy herself (Julie Andrews). As you might expect, our minor league hockey player is a rather poor tooth fairy. However, with the help of his caseworker Tracy (Stephen Merchant), not to mention tools of the trade supplied by Jerry (Billy Crystal) fairylandís equivalent of Q, as well as his own personal sense of panache, Derek tries to live out his two week sentence to the best of his abilities. Along the way Derek loses his cynical edge, encourages Carlyís teen son Randy (Chase Ellison) and caseworker Tracy to follow their dreams, not to mention finding the courage to finally follow his own. Sure TOOTH FAIRY is pure family comedy hokum, but at least it never leaves a saccharine taste in oneís mouth. The cast of TOOTH FAIRY also includes Ryan Sheckler, Seth MacFarlane, Destiny Whitlock, Brandon T. Jackson, Dan Joffre, Ellie Harvie, Barclay Hope, Michael Daingerfield, Josh Emerson, Dale Wolfe, Steven Anthony Bewley and Brendan Penny.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made TOOTH FAIRY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is really terrific looking every bit as good as a new big studio movie should look in high definition. Other than a few slightly soft shots, TOOTH FAIRY boasts an impressively sharp image that delivers excellent fine detail and texturing. Dimensionality is also fairly impressive. Favoring warm hues, colors appear nicely saturated, plus the flesh tones are always attractive. Blacks are deep, whites are crisp and clean, plus there is smooth contrast and a fairly healthy dose of shadow detail. The elements from which TOOTH FAIRY has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. Modest grain maintains a fairly organic look for the presentation.

TOOTH FAIRY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Surprisingly, TOOTH FAIRY features a better than expected comedy mix that engages the outlying channels in fairly active fashion for not only the hockey game sequences, but for the more cartoony shenanigans of our main characterís tenure as a tooth fairy. Of course, during the quieter passages, TOOTH FAIRY reverts to the standard sound design of a dialogue driven comedy, with much of the sound being localized to the forward soundstage. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is really quite strong, especially where the music is concerned. Of course, the lossless encode also bolsters the sound effects, even when they are beyond being realistic. The bass channel is weighty and adds the requisite impact, when called upon. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as is an English Descriptive track. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Michael Lembeck. Next is a very short Introduction By Director Michael Lembeck. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Tooth Fairy Training Center (twenty one minutes), Fairy-Oke (five minutes) and six other Behind-The Scenes Featurettes (running shy of forty minutes total). A Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes, a Theatrical Trailer and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray, while disc three provides a Digital Copy of the film.

TOOTH FAIRY is another overly familiar family comedy that benefits from the presence Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Blu-ray looks and sounds pretty terrific, thus making this hi-def release a winner on the presentation front.



Tooth Fairy [Blu-ray] (2010)


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