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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2012

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"Ted" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

Dec-movie-2012-Ted

Synopsis

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • Color, 2012, Rated R, 1 hour 47 minutes
  • DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and the voice of Seth MacFarlane
  • Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Rating
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  • Violence and pervasive drug references: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This is the 3rd highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Is it lewd, rude and crude? You bettcha! That said, I must admit that it was not as horrible as I was expecting. Its premise is nothing more than a buddy movie, except the obnoxious buddy is in the form of a cute cuddly teddy bear. After 15 minutes, I quit thinking of the "bear" and just imagined another "foul-mouthed roomie", likened to the odd couple genre. If you watch "Family Guy", you will have trouble disassociating MacFarlane's voice from that show. If you are not into MacFarlane's brand of edgy humor, you may want to steer clear of this flick. Too vulgar and crass for kids, but outrageously funny enough for adults, this movie had some great acting by Wahlberg and just enough heart to save it from going down the toilet. A delightful nod to Flash Gordon half way through and a hilarious fight in a motel room add to the overall fun. 

 Technical

The CGI bear is a marvel to behold. Getting human actors to interact with a bear "that isn't there" is tricky, but they pull it off well. Picture quality and sound are very good. I saw no artifacts or anomolies anywhere, and color/contrast rendition is great with details that pop off the screen. (Notice the details in the thread worn bear). Dialog is crisp and clear. The sub comes into play occasional when called for and the music soundtrack is punchy and expansive.

Extras

Included are a DVD and digital copy with commentaries, gag reel, deleted scenes and alternate takes. A few are in HD. Also a commentary on the motel fight scene and how it was staged.