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Tooth Fairy
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Mild Language, Some Rude Humor and Sports Action)

Running Time: 101 Minutes

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Ryan Scheckler, Stephen Merchant, Seth MacFarlane, Julie Andrews

Directed by: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel and Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia and Randi Mayem Singer
Story by: Jim Piddock

Directed by: Michael Lembeck

 

Studio: Fox

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Director Michael Lembeck, Tooth Fairy Training Center, Fairyoke, Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English Dolby 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Descriptive Audio, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Scenes (24 Scenes)

Released: May 4th, 2010


 

 

"Tooth Fairy" is given a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation, in 1080p high definition. While not a knock-out transfer by any means, this is still very pleasing to the eye. Sometimes the film does look a bit on the soft side, but otherwise, there's a lot to like. Detail is rather refined, especially in the background (check out the scene where Billy Crystal introduces Dwayne Johnston to the gadgets). Black levels are decent, the print used is clean and color saturation is well done. There's an overly warm look to the movie, with no detectable color bleeding and accurate fleshtones. A suitable presentation, for sure.


 

"Tooth Fairy" features a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that also gets the job done. It's nothing too flashy, but some smaller sounds — the use of the tooth gadgets, wings — do make a nice little footprint. Dialogue is clear and always to hear, while George S. Clinton's score provides a welcoming and filling presence in the channels. The track stands out the most though in the hockey sequences: the skating, the checks and of course, the slapshots. Background crowds and buzzers also add to it. These are the sound effects that are the most discrete, and use the subwoofer and rears rather well. Fidelity in the track overall is rather high, and dynamic range is pretty good.

Alternate audio tracks include standard Dolby Digital 5.1 in Spanish, French and Portuguese. There's also an English Dolby Surround track, and a English Descriptive Service track for those who cannot see. Subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese are also included. 
 




The Blu-ray has a few exclusive extras. First up is an Audio Commentary with Director Michael Lembeck. For the older ones who want to get a more detailed account of making the movie, this is the place to go. Lembeck proves to be a jovial presence, who has plenty of stories and nice things to say about his cast. Lembeck also provides a short video introduction on the disc.

Most impressive is the Behind The Scenes of Tooth Fairy. Running about 39 minutes and broken up into chapters, this highlights the challenges of making the movie from the more technical end. In addition to some visual cues such as storyboards and test footage, we get a look at some of the visual effects and that there was a good deal of effort in shooting actors wearing costumed wings.

Also on board is a short Gag Reel, and Deleted Scenes — which also included some extensions. The reel is what you'd expect, and the scenes don't really add too much.

On the Blu-ray and DVD is Tooth Fairy Training Center, which is strictly for the kids: a 20 minute exercise routine. Not a bad way to get young ones in shape. There's also Fairyoke, where Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Merchant perform a "touching" duet of "Wind Beneath My Wings." There's also the Theatrical Trailer.

The standard DVD version of the film is included in this combo package, as well as a Digital Copy.
 

"Tooth Fairy" is strictly kids stuff, as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues his niche in family-friendly faire. Still, there are a few (and random cameos that are meant to tide over the adults ("Family Guy" creator Seth MacFaralane? "The Office" co-creator Stephen Merchant? Billy Crystal?). This Blu-ray does satisfy, though: there's a nice presentation, and a few extras that are worth looking into for the older fans of the movie. Families will certainly want to pick this one up, especially if they enjoyed it in the theater.