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Studio and Year: Universal – 2012
MPAA Rating: R/Unrated
Feature running time: 106/112 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Joel MChale, Giovanni Rabisi, Jessica Barth
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Music by: Walter Murphy
Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 11, 2012







"Be careful what you wish for"


Film Synopsis:

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane delivers his boundary-pushing humor to the outrageous comedy blockbuster that critics are calling “hysterically funny!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a grown man whose cherished teddy bear was brought to life as the result of a childhood wish and hasn’t left his side since. Can John’s relationship with longtime girlfriend, Lori
(Mila Kunis), move forward with his lovably profane buddy on his couch?

My Take:

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 (Mark 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.

Ted’s story revolves around John, a lonely eight year old boy that receives a teddy bear he names Ted, for Christmas. The two become inseparable and one night John makes a wish that brings Ted to life. The two “grow” up together with Ted having short lived celebrity status (as a living stuffed teddy bear) that never interferes with the bond he shares with John. It all starts out pretty innocently with Ted and John as best buds that do everything together.

Fast forward, John now 35 is working in a dead end job and sharing an apartment with his attractive, successful girlfriend Lori and Ted. Lori and John have been together four years and are in love however John seems to have a problem moving forward with their relationship most of the reason for this rests in his friendship with Ted. The two spend good parts of the day smoking weed, drinking, watching TV, mostly old movies from their childhood and generally living a non productive existence. The question is can John truly grow up as long as he has his Teddy Bear?

I heard mixed reviews from friends that saw Ted. That combined with what I knew of the premise and saw from the trailer left me without a burning desire to see it. However, as someone that gets a kick out of Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane’s particular brand of humor I couldn’t resist the opportunity to review it on Blu-ray. Both the theatrical and an unrated version are included. I watched it with my wife and we went with the unrated cut which was exactly what we expected. Reminiscent of Family Guy’s penchant for crassness, political incorrectness and over the top situational humor I have to admit that there are moments of laugh out inanity and inappropriateness that had us squirming in our seats but chuckling nonetheless.

The script isn’t very deep and the narrative can be uneven as MacFarlane makes attempts to interweave elements of romance and buddy melodrama that kind of work within the theme’s construct but rarely reach genuine levels. The truth is that the best moments are the ones that most wouldn’t feel comfortable admitting to enjoying. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane (supplying the voice of Ted), handle the lions share of the performances but there are a handful of well played cameos that add to the fun. Ted definitely isn’t a comedy for everyone however if you get a kick out Seth MacFarlane’s lewd, crude and rude style there is plenty here to go around.


Parental Guide:

Both versions of the film contain crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 82

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Video: 90

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Ted comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This is a high quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appeared better resolved than others although I suspect this is related to the photography and not the encoding. Contrast was dynamic without being overpowering and blacks were respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

The lossless soundtrack competently delivered the elements present in the recording. Dialogue was well intonated with crystal clarity and good room penetration. The presentation offered an open soundstage across the front with definitive channel separation and good dynamic range. Surround use was limited to spatial cues and occasional panning effects that enhanced dimension. This was noticeable during several sequences as the music and effects created a fair sense of envelopment in the rear of the room. There weren’t any sub bass frequencies contained in the mix however the subwoofer was used to provide low bass emphasis that extended the low range content associated with the soundtrack’s elements.


Bonus Features:

  • Ted – Theatrical and Unrated versions

  • (HD) Gag reel – 6 minutes

  • (HD) Ted - The making of (3 segments:
    1. A guy, a girl, and a teddy bear – 6 minutes
    2. Doing it live – 12 minutes
    3. A MacFarlane set – 3 minutes
  • (HD) 15 deleted scenes

  • (HD) Alternate takes – 10 minutes

  • (HD) Teddy Bear scuffle – 5 minute featurette on the choreographed Motel 6 fight scene

  • Feature commentary with director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane, co-writer Alec Sulkin and Mark Wahlberg

  • pocket BLU

  • My Scenes bookmark feature

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane’s penchant for crassness, political incorrectness and over the top situational humor leaves Ted in the not for everyone camp, however if you get a kick out his lewd, crude and rude style this comedy has it in spades. While some of it is heavy handed there are moments of laugh out inanity and inappropriateness that had me squirming in my seat but chuckling nonetheless. Ted comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and an above average supplemental package that is worth checking out. Genre fans aren’t going to want to miss this one but for everyone else a rental before purchase is the way to go.





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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 22
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Parental Guide:

Both versions of the film contain crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug.

What drug?

Seriously though, as always, thanks for the review Ralph.
post #3 of 22
Loved this movie. If they price it right, I'm in!
post #4 of 22
Spot on Ralph, and great review

The gal and I went to see it at the movies and it was a fun ride .Did we walked out in stitches not really, but all in all we enjoyed it for what it was. I tend to think if you get more than 8 laugh out of a comedy flick these days you're getting your moneys worth.

DJoel
post #5 of 22
The unrated version is great, I could not stop laughing through out that whole movie... man Mila Kunis is just so hot, makes me want to join the military so I can act as a pathetic soldier and ask her out on a date....
post #6 of 22
I'm glad I didn't blind buy this and only rented it.
post #7 of 22
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I'm glad I didn't blind buy this and only rented it.


Smart man. smile.gif


Dan
post #8 of 22
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Smart man. smile.gif
Dan

I have to say Dan I didn't laugh too much. Certain bits but then I got bored. Shut it off half way through.
post #9 of 22
I'm having three of my buddies come over Friday night and we're all going to watch this WITHOUT our wives being present. Somehow I think we'll enjoy it a lot more that way biggrin.gif
post #10 of 22
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I'm having three of my buddies come over Friday night and we're all going to watch this WITHOUT our wives being present. Somehow I think we'll enjoy it a lot more that way biggrin.gif

Greetings,

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Probably, although I watched it with my wife and we both laughed at the same parts. Enjoy.. smile.gif

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post #11 of 22
I like this movie. Got that NY accent. Is there part 2?
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

I have to say Dan I didn't laugh too much. Certain bits but then I got bored. Shut it off half way through.


Did you have any alcohol beverages with you wink.gif It usually helps. Sorry you didn't like it.

Dan
post #13 of 22
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I like this movie. Got that NY accent. Is there part 2?

Ahh it was more like New England/ Boston sounding than anything.

Djoel
post #14 of 22
Saw this last night.
Absolutely hilarious!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Flash Gordon man!!!! EPIC!!!
post #15 of 22
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Ahh it was more like New England/ Boston sounding than anything.
Djoel

Mahkie Mahk's from Bahstin. Wicked mint, kid.
post #16 of 22
Since I like Family Guy I liked this movie, it had that crude since of humour. I like the part where Ted says; "O come on I do not sound like Peter Griffin that much."
post #17 of 22
This became avalible on VUDU today..............LOVED IT!
post #18 of 22
As a child of the '80's, this movie hits all the right notes for me. I think Seth MacFarlane and I were separated at birth, since we seem to have all the same interests! When my wife and I saw this movie, we were both dying laughing the first time we heard Mark Wahlberg's cell phone ring, since I actually had a Knight Rider ringtone at one time. biggrin.gif

Awesome movie, and I can't wait to own it!
post #19 of 22
Saw it in the theaters and watched the blu ray tonight. The main joke of the movie is a living, obnoxious teddy bear. 1.78:1 fullscreen, and it looks razor sharp.
post #20 of 22
Saw this last Wednesday with my buddies (aged 26-35) and we laughed out loud like crazy! I think it's definately not for everyone, but it IS hilarious to me. There was 1 part I thought was pretty disgusting, but we laughed anyway.

I agree the video quality was good but not mind-blowing: which is fine for a comedy. I thought the pacing was pretty good and there is some nice eye candy in the movie. Overall very happy that I picked this up; has to be one of the funniest movies I've seen since the Hangover (part 1).
post #21 of 22
Ok I admit that I'm pretty late to the game here but I'll offer that this movie is ok. I certainly don't regret watching it but it wasn't bowl me over funny. However....the one exception is the party with Flash! Sam Jones was really there?!! Complete with Flash music?!! That alone would have been worth the price of admission IMO!
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

Ok I admit that I'm pretty late to the game here but I'll offer that this movie is ok. I certainly don't regret watching it but it wasn't bowl me over funny. However....the one exception is the party with Flash! Sam Jones was really there?!! Complete with Flash music?!! That alone would have been worth the price of admission IMO!

Greetings,

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