So let's get the qualifiers out of the way before saying a bunch of nice things about Roll Bounce (2005): This movie is, without a doubt, a powerfully silly brain vacation. It's a by-the-numbers underdogs-versus-bullies comedy. It's set in the cutthroat world of 1978 roller rinks. It's the spiritual cousin of Breakin'. And when it doesn't stay focused on jam-skating disco hijinks, it's bogged down by a melodramatic middle section better-suited to an ABC-TV Afterschool Special. So why is it so enjoyable? Directed by Spike's cousin Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother), Roll Bounce is one of those movies that gets a couple of things exactly right and if you're in the right mood, those couple of things redeem much of what the movie gets wrong. For one thing, Lee just nails the peculiar world of late-'70s roller-skating without laughing at it. (Slant magazine praised the film's "knack for authentic period detail," which seems like a terribly high-falutin' way to praise a movie that simply knows where to put its Afro picks.) Anyone hovering slightly north of their mid-30s is bound to smile a little at being asked to root for a roller-skating paperboy named Xavier "X" Smith (played by the extremely charismatic Bow Wow, who seems to think dropping the "Lil'" but leaving the "Bow Wow" connotes maturity). X and his Cosby-kid pals (Brandon T. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Marcus T. Paulk, and Khleo Thomas) dodge water balloons, spar with a tomboy (Jurnee Smollett), and work kung-fu moves into their skate routines as they compete against a team of polyester-clad roller-thugs led by a guy named "Sweeetness" (Wesley Jonathan). Incredibly, Lee doesn't play any of this for irony points and at its best, Roll Bounce offers a sweet, nostalgic, upbeat take on inner-city life that Fat Albert (2004) utterly missed. It's only when Lee takes his gaze off the roller rink, so X can flirt with a bland cutie (Meagan Good) or argue with his widowed father (Chi McBride), that Roll Bounce is a major eye-roller. But one can only get so annoyed with a movie that ends with a "skate-off." Fox's DVD release of Roll Bounce features a solid anamorphic transfer (2.35:1) with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Supplements include three commentary tracks, one by director Malcolm D. Lee, a second with Lee joined by stars Bow Wow and Mike Epps, and a third with Lee joined by screenwriter Norman Vance Jr. and producer Robert Teitel. Also on board are 12 deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Lee and Vance and a "play all" option), a "Bow Wow profile" featurette (4 min.), the additional featurettes "'70s Stylin': The Look of Roll Bounce" (4 min.) and "Forward Motion: The Making of Roll Bounce" (13 min.), two skating competition newswraps, a gag reel (10 min.), a music video, and the theatrical trailer. Keep-case.