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Alien Opponent (2011/Shout! Factory DVD)/National Lampoon’s The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus (2011/Image Blu-ray)/Tooth Fairy 2 (2011/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: C/B-/B-     Sound: C+/B-/C+     Extras: D     Features: D



Now for the latest bad comedies to avoid and WOW are they bad…



Roddy Piper co-stars in the inept Colin Theys’ vehicle Alien Opponent (2011) with Jeremy London of Mallrats fame as a flying saucer wrecks into a barn and everyone freaks out to go on the kill, but thinks get worse (how could they?) when $100,000 is offered to capture the killer creature.  Add all the gore and blood in this uncut version and you get a gigantic bore that looks like effects make-up school grads decided no script was needed top make this mess and it is that.  It is weak, lame and pointless in ways a new production should not be.  Extras include Deleted Scenes very similar to the content kept, a feature length audio commentary (???), stills, trailer and outtakes that are hard to discern from what they settled for.


Beating a dead horse to death and somehow topping all previously awful spoofs of the played-out Zack Snyder film 300, National Lampoon’s The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus (2011) is embarrassing all the way with every bad joke, cliché and sex/toilet joke and unfunny funny name (connected to said humor) you could think of if you wanted to be really, really, really, really stupid.  No one looks like they are having fun (save when they are thinking of getting their paycheck) and lasts a horrendous 91 minutes.  After a few minutes, you will get what they are doing then cringe if you can stand the rest of it.  Be warned: this is a painful experience.  Thank God there are no extras!



Last and also least is one of the most unnecessary sequels of all time… again!  If you lived the first one (get help fast!!!), Tooth Fairy 2 (2011) replaces previous lead Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with a very slightly better actor: Larry The Cable Guy, who helped make Cars 2 such an acclaimed hit, but this sequel is definitely worse.  Guess who shows up with wings and acts like an idiot, then treats the audience as such?  It’s enough to make NASCAR go into revolt.  A big yawner, being in a speedway car wreck has more entertainment value.  Extras six useless featurettes, plus Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes that make you wonder how they ever finished.  Break out the Tylenol!!!



The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on Opponent is weak with plenty of motion blur, detail issues and bad color.  The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Maximus and same AVC @ 21 MBPS digital High Definition image transfer on Tooth look cheap and an embarrassment to the Blu-ray format, as well as anything else visual you can think of.  You get noise, bad editing, phony color and it all looks rushed.


The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Opponent and Maximus are also weak and barely have anything one would consider a serious soundfield, while Tooth remarkably gets DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound that makes it sound a little better by default, but shows how badly this was recorded.  How desperate all around!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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