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Whilst here in the UK releases have slowed to a halt, the Us seem intent on getting the big releases out in time for Christmas. This week we have swearing, punching, swimming and 20-somethings:
Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut, finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray months after its cinema bow. Full of swearing, humping and Mila Kunis it won’t please everyone, but its a Christmas treat for those it does.
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
Damon-less The Bourne Legacy shoots into your home with as much subtlety as a brick in the face. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the brick would be more surprising than a very safe action flick. »
- Sam Carey
Seth MacFarlane has had such a visible presence in recent years with his animated series Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad! that it was only a matter of time before his producing/writing talents would spill over onto the big screen. Fans of his series work should easily relate to his live-action comedy, Ted. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish for his beloved teddy bear to come to life was granted in his youth, but whose relationship with his stuffed pal has gotten a lot more complicated over the years. Now, almost [...] »
- Karl Paloucek
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 »
- Robert DeSalvo
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing the blockbuster comedy Ted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 11. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane writes, makes his directorial debut, and voices the title character in this comedy about John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a man who lives with his brash, talking teddy bear. We're celebrating this outrageous comedy with a contest where fans can take home the Blu-ray. Be sure to act fast, details on how to win are below!
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“Ted,” which comes to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on Dec. 11, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, also stars Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Stewart, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Aedin Mincks, Bill Smitrovich, Norah Jones, Sam J. Jones, Tom Skerritt and Bretton Manley from writer and director Seth MacFarlane.
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With just four weeks until shops close their doors for St. Nick’s visit some of the years big-hitters arrive on DVD and Blu-ray. Get ready for Teddies, Spider’s and Abs as we guide you through this weeks big releases.
It seems like only yesterday little Peter Parker was fighting Venom and Sandman in one of cinema’s biggest turds Spider-man 3 but he’s back, albeit a little different. The Amazing Spider-man gives Andrew Garfield chance to don Spidey’s unitard and smooch Emma Stone – even I’d wear a glorified onesie for that. Our man Dan wasn’t sold on the titles promise but found plenty of optimism in a “ damned impressive visual that prospers further because of the ensemble cast”.
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. »
- Sam Carey
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, November 26th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humour 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 Review
And the rest…
After a record-breaking run at the box office, which saw it sail past half a billion dollars over the summer, Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut, Ted, is arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK today. And we couldn’t be happier.
The film is by far one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long time, and having teased us with brilliant trailers in the run-up to its release, it didn’t disappoint.
With its arrival on DVD and Blu-ray today – the latter of which also includes a nice Steelbook edition – we’ve been given a great interview to share, in which MacFarlane talks about animation, Mila Kunis, and Mark Wahlberg.
“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 »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Running Time: 109 minutes – extended edition
Going from TV to movie comedy is a difficult transition. It often leads to unnecessary story arcs, a bloated running time, and an over reliance on cameos – all of which apply to Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut.
John Bennett (Wahlberg) is a loner, struggling for friends at school his parents buy him a teddy bear –inventively named Ted (MacFarlane). John’s wish that Ted come alive is granted by the gods. Insert profanity, sexual innuendo, and the kind of subtlety of which Michael Bay would certainly approve. John grows up, settles with Lori (Kunis), and finally separates from Ted… or so Lori hopes.
- Sam Carey
A foul-mouthed, hard-partying teddy bear and his 35-year-old best friend come together in the #1 comedy of the year, Ted, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Directed by Seth MacFarlane, creator of television's uproarious and irreverent hits Family Guy and American Dad!, Ted stars Mark Wahlberg (Contraband, The Other Guys), Mila Kunis (Friends with Benefits, Black Swan), Joel McHale (Community), Giovanni Ribisi (Contraband, Avatar) and Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted.
The film's all-star cast also includes Family Guy favorites Jessica Barth, Alex Borstein, Ralph Garman and Patrick Warburton, as well as Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Multi-Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones and newcomer Bretton Manley. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD feature an unrated extended version of the film - featuring laugh-out-loud footage not shown in theaters - a gag reel, feature commentary with Seth MacFarlane and »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The comedy movie follows John Bennett, whose beloved teddy bear comes to life when John’s a boy. Fast forward 20-odd years and John (Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter) is still living with his teddy bear, Ted, who has become a foul-mouthed, hard-partying bear who loves his bong.
Clean up after one particularly nasty night of Ted’s partying, John’s girlfriend (Mila Kunis, Friends With Benefits) gives him an ultimatum: The bear or me. But living without each other could prove too difficult for Ted and John.
The R-rated film was directed and co-written by MacFarlane, who also voiced the bear. The movie also stars Joel McHale (The Big Year), Giovanni Ribisi (Contraband), Patrick Warburton (Men in Black II »
Alphas Review, Season 2, Episode 10, “Life after Death”
Written by Eric Tuchman
Directed by J. Miller Tobin
Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on SyFy
Last week’s high-flying episode of Alphas was the highlight of the season and showed the remarkable potential for this series. It ended with the tragic death of Rosen’s daughter Dani, who also was romantically involved with Cameron. Stanton Parish set off the bomb that killed her, yet both guys blame themselves for her death. Watching Rosen struggle to choose a casket is a torturous moment and played just right by David Strathairn. He utters few words in this episode and reveals so much with his face. He slowly walks through Dani’s apartment and tries to comprehend that his daughter is gone. On the other hand, Cameron seethes with anger towards Rosen, Parish, and himself. When they come together in the end, it’s their »
- Dan Heaton
Meet, Ted! The obnoxious and foul-mouthed, you-can’t-help-but-love, teddy bear that pushes all boundaries of adult humour in the year’s most crude, rude and outrageous black comedy, released on DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital Download on 26th November from Universal Pictures (UK).
Written, directed, produced and lead voiced by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!), Ted is the latest offering from the master of politically incorrect adult comedy. With his very distinctive adult brand of humour, you’re in for a hilarious ride-of-your-life that features hookers, sexual innuendo and bodily functions by the bucket load!
Follow the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg Entourage, Boogie Nights and The Fighter), a grown man whose lonely childhood wish brought his cherished teddy bear, Ted, to life. Instant mega-stardom and fame ensues for Ted (Seth MacFarlane Family Guy, American Dad) but now, almost 30 years later, the fairy-tale is very much over and the »
- David Agnew
Not many teddies get caught in flagrante, but Ted shows what childhood toys can really mean to people
This film is completely bonkers. It's about a guy, John Bennett, who was given a teddy bear for Christmas when he was eight years old. He wished that the bear, which he called Ted, would come to life – and he did. Now John (played by Mark Wahlberg) is 35, and Ted has turned into the most offensive, womanising character you can imagine.
Ted mentions a couple of times that he was made by Hasbro, the big American toy manufacturer. That certainly fits: he's very much your generic, mass-produced bear, made from lower-quality synthetic plush, with plastic eyes and nose. His arms and legs aren't jointed, so they don't move very well.
None of the bears we make at Merrythought has a button that says "I love you" when pressed, either (something that causes »
- Laura Barnett
Comedy, in its most literal sense, is the term lent to anything that is intended to be humorous. Unfortunately, the issue surrounding this definition lies in the subjectivity of humour itself; what exactly makes people laugh? It’s probably fair to say that we’re past the era of Ken Dodd and his ‘tickling stick’. However, as Tom Green proved, neither are we ready for the spectacle of a socially awkward animal molester. So, where does that leave us then? Well, actually, rather nicely in an area known as ‘Restricted’; or ‘R-Rated’ to you and me.
The middle ground of comedy almost exclusively boasts the title of ‘Home of the Funny’. It’s the rating that isn’t restricted by the limitations of Universal and PG-13, though neither is it at risk of going too overboard with the Nc-17 rating. Whether you’re the more reserved kind or the more flamboyant, »
- Matt Hawker
Written by Nick Copus
Directed by Eric Tuchman
Airs Mondays at 10pm (Et) on SyFy
One of the consistent surprises about Alphas is the way it wades into conventional plots but sidesteps a predictable outcome. This week, SyFy’s promos had teased a Fight Club-like underground fighting ring that looked very similar to other shows. The first-season Sanctuary episode “Warriors” also showed individuals with extraordinary abilities battling in front of roaring crowds. The surprise with “Alpha Dogs” is that it doesn’t spend that much time in the arena. Bill gets his chance to battle some tough foes, but it plays out much differently than the anticipated formula. The fights are just one part of an episode that delves into Stanton Parrish’s background, brings a new living situation for Gary, and adds a possible love interest for Rachel. It’s an engaging »
- Dan Heaton
He's not even real.
Ted's a stuffed bear, full of worldly wisdom and profanity in equal measure, sent to this world to keep his childhood friend/owner John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) off the straight and narrow deep into adult life, much to the consternation of John's grown-up love Lori (Mila Kunis).
Ted can always find a friend
But this filthy-mouthed furry friend, busy with a bong, a harem of sociable gals and a whole load of bubble bath, created and voiced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, has got them flocking - to the tune of £9.32 million for the first week in cinemas.
Much to the relief of Universal Studios after the never-to-be-mentioned Battleship, Ted has brought them their second biggest-ever box office haul (behind only Bridget Jones Diary £10.43m), and the most successful opening in five years - ahead of Mamma Mia (£6.59m).
- The Huffington Post UK
Ted took £9.32 million on its opening weekend, beating the £6.59 millon previous record set by Universal's Abba-themed musical movie Mamma Mia!
It was also the second greatest Universal opening of all time in the UK, below only Bridget Jones 2 (£10.43 million) and the fifth largest all-time comedy opening alongside The Inbetweeners (£13.22m), Bridget Jones 2 (£10.43m), The Hangover 2 (£10.4m) and Hancock (£9.58m).
The 15-rated comedy is the big-screen directing debut of Seth MacFarlane - creator of hit animated shows Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show - and stars Mark Wahlberg as a man whose lifelong companion is a foul-mouthed, beer-swilling, pot-smoking teddy bear.
- David Bentley
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his comedy to the big screen for the first time, writing, directing and starring (at least his voice) in Ted, a new live-action/CG-animated comedy that tells the story of John Bennett, as played by 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.
Ted, which also stars Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel McHale, is inUK cinemas now. Don’t forget to check out our Ted Review, but first check out this cast and director interview courtesy of our friends at FilmBeat.TV
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 »
It’s Friday, so you know what that means – another round-up of what films are hitting cinemas this weekend. Despite it being the summer holidays it’s yet another light week at the box office, with only two major releases – Ted and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, and a whole heap of films on limited release…
Nationwide Releases Ted
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 Review
School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, »
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