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This week: A teddy bear comes to life and becomes Mark Wahlberg's lifelong buddy/ arrested development enabler in "Ted," the first big-screen comedy directed by Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame.
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Box Office: $219 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 69% Fresh
Storyline: Seth MacFarlane brings his "Family Guy" humor to the big screen for the first time in this demented bromance vs. romance story. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) made a wish that his teddy bear would come to life when he was a boy, and Ted did just that ... and has never left his side. The foul-mouthed teddy has a penchant for booze, bongs, women and "Flash Gordon," which is fine by John except that John's girlfriend (Mila Kunis) thinks it's time for him to grow up and Ted to move out.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a making-of featurette and commentary by MacFarlane, Wahlberg and co-writer Alec Sulkin; BD exclusives include deleted scenes, alternate takes and a look at the hotel fight scene called "Teddy Bear Scuffle."
We Say: Whether you choose to watch the R-rated theatrical cut or the extended unrated version, "Ted" is the kind of raunchy-sweet comedy that you'd expect from the "Family Guy" guy. Expect lots of laughs, crude humor and one wisecracking stuffed animal who is also voiced by MacFarlane.
'The Bourne Legacy'
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Box Office: $113 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 56% Rotten
Storyline: After the Blackbriar and Treadstone secret agent programs are publicly exposed following the actions of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in the first three "Bourne" movies, souped-up soldier Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) goes on the lam with his doctor (Rachel Weisz) to look for answers as a retired Air Force colonel (Edward Norton) and his team try to hunt the globetrotters down.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray have commentary, deleted scenes, a featurette on the big motorcycle chase and "Re-Bourne," which addresses the elephant in the room: how to make a "Bourne" movie without Jason Bourne. The Blu-ray adds a few more behind-the-scenes featurettes, including one on locations, storyboard comparisons, the wolf sequence and more.
We Say: Renner ably steps up in Damon's absence as the super-agent that can't be controlled, and he is utterly believable. There might be a sense of déjà vu in this fourth "Bourne" outing, but the fresh meat provided by Renner, Weisz and Norton proves that there are still reasons to feel Bourne again.
'Ice Age: Continental Drift'
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Box Office: $161 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Rotten
Storyline: When Scrat's pursuit of the cursed acorn causes a continental cataclysm, Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) go on a high-seas quest aboard a floating iceberg. The herd then encounters a band of misfit pirates hell-bent on capsizing their journey home in this fourth "Ice Age" animated adventure that also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah and Seann William Scott.
Extras!: Interactive features like "Party with a Pirate Mode" and "Sing Along Mode" are the highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray, along with the usual making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and a summary of the "Ice Age" saga so far.
We Say: Whether you choose to watch the 2D presentation or the Blu-ray 3D, there is a lot of recycled material drifting around on screen in this latest installment. It's still got enough bits of charm and silliness to warm up younger children, though.
'Dick Tracy' Blu-ray
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Box Office: $104 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% Fresh
Storyline: Director-actor Warren Beatty is torn between love and duty in this 1990 adaptation of the titular comic book detective. After a gang war breaks out in his city, Dick Tracy is determined to undermine the criminal underworld once and for all ... if he can resist the temptation of torch singer Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) to steer him from the path of righteousness. Big-name stars like Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan and William Forsythe are heavily made up to look like their baddie comic counterparts.
Extras!: Aside from a digital copy and some sneak peeks at equally colorful upcoming movies like "Oz: The Great and Powerful," this Blu-ray has no "Dick Tracy"-related bonus features, which is disappointing considering it was such a big production 22 years ago.
We Say: The garish, neon-colored world and costumes of "Dick Tracy" really pop like they never have before in this high-definition debut, but the Blu-ray upgrade also calls attention to the seams in the parade of facial prosthetics, the likes of which wouldn't be seen again until "Cloud Atlas." Also, an in-her-heyday Madonna — despite playing a chanteuse — still seems wooden and stiff ... in any resolution.
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"The Story of Film: An Odyssey"
"The Island" Blu-ray
"Kill 'Em All"
"The Portrait of a Lady" Blu-ray