Itís really not hard to see where LAND OF THE LOST went wrong. They tried to make a playful, campy update of a TV show that- letís face it, is not exactly a timeless classic. Itís got a cult following, and Iím sure it was a lot of fun in the seventies, but then again theyíre not exactly launching big-screen versions of THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, or THE GREAT SPACECOASTER either- so why bother?
As for Ferrell, this is NOT a good showcase for the man. I like him as much as anyone, but didnít he learn his lesson with BEWITCHED? Hopefully his new film, THE OTHER GUYS will put him back on top. The only chuckles I got out of this film were from Danny McBride, and hopefully his new film, OUR HIGHNESS, will be a better showcase for his obvious talent than this. As for the lovely Anna Friel- here role is thankless, and it might have worked a bit better had they hired a full on comedienne for her role.
Next up, we get a pretty in-depth documentary, This is Not a Routine Expedition that runs almost as long as the film, and gives us a nice overview of the production. Fans of the show will enjoy Bradley, Sid and Marty: A Conversation with the Kroffts which is a chat with the producer behind the original Saturday TV show. Rounding things out are a batch of deleted scenes and we also get a fun featurette called A Day in the Life of a Big-Time Movie Star , in which we follow around Danny McBride as heís mocked, and reviled by the cast. Pretty funny actually, especially towards the end, when an exasperated Will Ferrell, and Brad Silberling try to figure out a way to replace him digitally.