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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."

"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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