Ted – Blu-ray Review
I have to confess that I have never really watched Family Guy, unless catching a few episodes and the Star Wars special counts, but you can be sure that after watching Ted I am going to be spending a lot of time with Seth MacFarlane’s back catalogue. When I decided to give Ted a watch I had no idea how in tune to my childhood first-time-director MacFarlane would be.
Ted is a pretty simple story that we have all seen before. John (Mark Wahlberg) wasn’t a popular kid and because of the fact that he wished that his teddy bear would become real, and to his surprise, it did. From then on John and Ted spent all their time together and never separated, even into adulthood. In fact, as adults they spend most of their days together, ditching work, watching the gloriously terrible, yet awesome ’80s Flash Gordon, and smoking as much weed as they can. This is all fine and dandy until John’s girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) gets fed up and gives him an ultimatum; her or the bear.
What makes Ted so enjoyable isn’t the story. We’ve all seen movies where women put ultimatums on their man-child boyfriends. What we haven’t seen is Seth MacFarlane tackle this story. That’s the bottom line. Seth knows how to bring the funny. I laughed so hard at some parts that I missed what came right after. The jokes are raunchy and politically incorrect, and the subtle and not so subtle nods to ’80s pop culture were a refreshing change of pace. Also, Ted looks great! I was blown away at how seamless the bear looked on screen. The CGI is fantastic and paired with Seth’s voice it’s magical.
If you grew up in the ’80s like I did, this film will hit home in many ways. Like John and Ted, I used to watch Flash Gordon every chance I got and seeing it deeply engrained into the fabric of this film just made my day. Also, when I was young I had a friend like Ted, only mine was a Chewbacca plush toy, and of course he didn’t talk back to me. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that for my money Ted took me back to my childhood and brought the funny like no film I’ve seen this year. I can’t wait to see what MacFarlane does next because Ted is an absolutely a killer film.
The audio is absolutely fantastic and the video is crisp and clear.
Unrated and Theatrical Versions: I really enjoy this flick, and the extra 7 minute Unrated version is good, but not all that different from the theatrical.
Commentary: Seth is a funny man, and this commentary is worth listening to multiple times.
The Making of Ted: This is a standard issue behind-the-scenes feature, but a little more entertaining.
There are also a bunch of deleted scenes, and more.
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