DVD releases

  • Wed Dec 12th, 2012 2:17pm
  • Life

“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.)