Ted 2 Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this follow-up to 2012’s outrageous comedy, “Ted” that finds the living teddy bear, now married to Tami-Lynn, facing a court battle in order to prove he is a real person in the eyes of the law so that the couple can have a baby.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

88

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2015
MPAA Rating: R/Unrated
Feature running time: 117/126 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Rabisi, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, John Slattery
Directed by: Seth McFarlane
Music by: Walter Murphy
Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 15, 2015

“Legalize Ted”

My Take:

For the benefit of those that may not be familiar of the story of “Ted”, here is some background from the first film:

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?

Ted 2 finds John (Mark Wahlberg) dejected after a speedy marriage and divorce, while Ted’s romance with co-worker Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) is full-speed ahead after a dream wedding. But when the pair tries to adopt a child, they are stunned by the government’s contention that Ted is not a person. With the help of John and newly minted lawyer (and longtime weed aficionado) Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), the couple goes to all ends to fight the system for Ted’s legal personhood.

My wife and a friend of hers took in Ted 2 while it was in theaters and didn’t report back with glowing reviews. That combined with what I knew of the plot from seeing the trailer, didn’t leave me with a burning desire to see it. However, as with its predecessor, and being a fan of Seth MacFarlane’s particular brand of overstated 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 theatrical cut which was exactly what we expected. Reminiscent of Ted’s penchant for crassness, political incorrectness and over the top situational humor 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 attempts to interweave elements of glib melodrama and nostalgic references that kind of work within the theme’s construct but rarely reach genuine levels. The truth is that it all gets typically silly, with the best moments revolving around situational gags and interplay that most wouldn’t feel comfortable admitting to enjoying. Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Barth, Amanda Seyfried and MacFarlane (supplying the voice of Ted), handle the lion’s share of the performances while a handful of well-played cameos add to the fun. Like its predecessor Ted 2 definitely isn’t a comedy for everyone however if you get a kick out Seth MacFarlane’s lewd, crude and rude style you’ll probably enjoy this, at least on some level.

Parental Guide:

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

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: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Ted 2 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 2.8 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 is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are 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:

  • (HD) *Exclusive* 7 Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) *Exclusive* Gag Reel – 2 minutes
  • (HD) *Exclusive* Cameo Buddies – Featuring Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Tom Brady, David Hasselhoff
  • (HD) *Exclusive* A Giant Opening Dance Number – 8 minute featurette
  • (HD) Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe – 7 minute featurette
  • (HD) Roadtripping – 9 minute production featurette
  • (HD) Creating Comic-Con – 4 Behind-the-scenes segments
  • Feature Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth, and writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

As with its predecessor, director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane’s penchant for crassness, political incorrectness and over the top situational humor leaves Ted 2 in the not for everyone camp. However if you liked Ted and get a kick out MacFarlane’s lewd, crude and rude style this comedy has enough to go around. While it doesn’t quite achieve the same entertainment value as the first film, I still found myself chuckling aloud here and there. Ted 2 comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a decent supplemental package that is worth checking out. Seth MacFarlane fans aren’t going to want to miss this one but for everyone else a rental before purchase is the way to go.

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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