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Published: Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

DVD releases

  • Mark Wahlberg (left) stars with the character Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane in "Ted."

    Universal Pictures

    Mark Wahlberg (left) stars with the character Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane in "Ted."

A grown man must deal with his cherished childhood toy.
"Ted" works because Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and all of the non-Hasbro-created cast members treat the story seriously.
Because they don't question a world where a teddy bear can come to life, it's easier for the audience to accept the concept and just laugh at the pull-no-punches humor.
Grade: A-
"The Bourne Legacy"
The series continues with a new hero (Jeremy Renner), whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
For a film franchise that's going through a rebirth, "Bourne Legacy" looks a lot closer to retirement age. The film moves slowly with a convoluted plot, uninspired action scenes and too many people babbling scientific and spy jargon. This is not the legacy the series deserves.
Grade: C
Also new
"Ice Age: Continental Drift": The gang must use an iceberg as a ship when their continent begins to drift.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- Season 9": TV crime drama starring Vincent D'Onofrio.
"Mankind": The 12-hour History Channel series spans the first flourishing of civilization in Mesopotamia to the discovery of America.
"Dick Tracy": The film about the comic strip cop is now available on Blu-ray.
"The Portrait of a Lady": Nicole Kidman stars in the film based on the Henry James novel.
"JAG: The Complete Series": Includes 10 seasons of the TV military law show.
"41": HBO documentary on George Herbert Walker Bush.
"Dick Tracy": The film about the comic strip cop is now available on Blu-ray.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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