RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Ted and The Bourne Legacy

Plus, an animated sequel, a couple of Criterions, and a reborn cult classic.

This week on home video, we've got a couple of franchise sequels and Seth MacFarlane's live action big screen debut. Criterion unveils an early Christopher Nolan film and a unique cinematic trilogy, and Drafthouse Films reintroduces the world to a forgotten relic of the 1980s. See below for the full list!

The Bourne Legacy

55%

Many wondered how well the Bourne franchise would fare without its eponymous hero, and while a small majority felt The Bourne Legacy performed well enough, a lot of critics were decidedly underwhelmed. Rising star Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) took on the central role as Aaron Cross, another black ops agent similar to Jason Bourne whose life is put in jeopardy by Bourne's actions in the previous three films. As a result, Cross goes on the lam with the only person who can clear his name: a geneticist (Rachel Weisz) who helped engineer Cross into the soldier that he is. Renner is as solid as usual here, but with a less than compelling script and some uninspired direction from Tony Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy didn't impress critics nearly as much as they'd hoped. At 56%, the film doesn't quite match its predecessors, but might satisfy those just looking for a bit of spy intrigue.

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Ted

68%

Following the huge success of his animated television shows on Fox, Seth MacFarlane took to the director's chair for his first feature film, a live action/CGI comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and MacFarlane's own disembodied voice. Wahlberg plays John Bennett, a grown man whose best friend is a vulgar, loud-mouthed teddy bear named Ted (voiced by MacFarlane). Unfortunately, John also has a girlfriend, Lori (Kunis), who doesn't think John will ever "grow up" until Ted is out of his life. Who will John choose, and how many boundaries will Ted obliterate before the movie ends? Critics enjoyed the high concept premise for the most part, indulging in its goofiness and laughing at MacFarlane's off-color humor. Some complained that the story itself felt recycled, however, and that its script was a bit uneven, but at 69% on the Tomatometer, Ted's probably perfect for audiences who know what to expect from it.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift

37%

Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Denis Leary) set out for a fourth adventure in Ice Age: Continental Drift, a decade after their first episode together, and thought it made wads of cash at the box office, critics say this one is the least interesting of them all. This time around, the gang is stranded on a floating iceberg when the continents shift, but their journey home to reunite with their families is interrupted when they're accosted by pirates who threaten to destroy everything they love. Unfortunately, as with many long-running franchises, critics were a bit wearied by ideas recycled from previous installments, so despite a few moments of charm and humor, Ice Age: Continental Drift only managed a 37% on the Tomatometer, the lowest score the franchise has received. Doesn't mean it won't be a pleasant diversion for the kiddies, though.

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Following - Criterion Collection

78%

Memento was the film that put Christopher Nolan on the map, eventually paving the way for the mega-blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy, but evidence of his directorial flair could be seen in his feature debut, Following. In this modern noir, filmed in black-and-white, Jeremy Theobald plays a young writer with an unusual hobby: he follows strangers around, hoping to see something that will inspire his first novel. Everything changes when a man named Cobb (Alex Haw) notices he's being followed, introduces himself as a serial burglar, and invites him to come along during his robberies. Made for a pittance and without highly professional equipment, Following displays Nolan's raw talent for filmmaking and inventive, briskly paced storytelling. The new Criterion edition of the film includes a new interview with Nolan, his 1997 short Doodlebug, a chronological edit of the film's fragmented tale, and more.

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The Qatsi Trilogy - Criterion Collection

Though he's made other experimental documentary films, Godfrey Reggio is best known for the Qatsi Trilogy, three films comprised entirely of images and footage set to the music of Philip Glass and without narration of any sort. Difficult to sum up in just a few words, the first film, 1982's Koyaanisqatsi, depicts the progress of mankind via images of natural and urban landscapes and scenes from contemporary life; Powaqqatsi shifts its focus to the struggle between traditional ways of life and modern industrialization in third-world countries; and Naqoyqatsi utilizes mostly archival footage and stock images to communicate man's development of and increasing reliance upon technology. Criterion's new three-film collection includes several interviews with Reggio, Glass, and cinematographer Ron Fricke, an early forty-minute version of Koyaanisqatsi, a new video afterword by Reggio, a 28-minute montage of animal species scored by Glass called Anima Mundi, and more. This isn't your typical Friday night viewing, but fans will surely appreciate the set.

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Miami Connection

73%

There is one crucial element that separates cult films like Plan 9 from Outer Space, Troll 2, and The Room from any SyFy Channel movie of the month: an unflinching earnestness that dares not wink at the audience. Richard Park's Miami Connection, which went ignored when it originally opened back in 1987 and subsequently languished in filmic limbo, is one such example, and thanks to Drafthouse Films, it's found a new audience. Here's how Wikipedia sums up the plot: "The synth rock band Dragon Sound, consisting of five University of Central Florida students, embarks on a crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando against groups of cocaine smugglers and ninjas." If your first thought was, "Sorry, but that sounds absurd," then this movie is not for you. But if your first thought was, "That sounds absurd in the best way possible," then you'll be happy to know it'll be available on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and for those of you who want to go "old school," you can order the film on VHS here. Its appeal may not be universal, but in this day and age, sometimes that's a good thing.

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Also available this week:

  • Gayby (90%), the indie comedy about a woman and her gay best friend deciding to have a child together, is available this week.
  • The 1998 version of Les MisÚrables (74%), starring Liam Neeson and Claire Danes, is out in a new Blu-ray.
  • The Warren Beatty-starring Dick Tracy (64%) is available on Blu-Ray this week.
  • Michael Bay's sci-fi actioner The Island (40%) gets a Blu-ray release.
  • The holiday fantasy musical Babes in Toyland (25%) is also available on Blu-ray.

Comments

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

All right, Ted is finally here. That movie kinda reminded me of Paul, minus the polish.
Following I've been wanting to see but always let the chance go.
Then again, I think Pi and Reservoir Dogs was enough.

Dec 10 - 05:10 PM

tiffany d.

tiffany dean

upto I looked at the bank draft which had said $5447, I did not believe that my mother in law could realey earning money part-time at there computar.. there brothers friend had bean doing this 4 only 16 months and as of now cleared the debts on their mini mansion and purchased a new Lotus Elise. read more at..http://twitlink.ws/b3ks

Dec 11 - 02:28 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Michael Bay's satire of American entertainment-driven consumerist culture isn't on Blu-ray before? blu-ray.com has a review from 2011, so is this a fresh transfer? Anyway, I love the 'real-life' Scottish Ewan McGregor interacting with the 'Hollywood' (clone, also American) Ewan McGregor.

Dec 10 - 05:12 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Following" is an excellent independant film that makes the most of its very small budget. Very well written story, with typical Nolan twists. I'd love to take a look at "Doodlebug" too, and revisit the Quatsi trilogy (actually I never saw the third one).

At least a very good version of "Les Mis" is coming out for those of us annoyed by the bombast of Broadway, and I'm sure "Dick Tracy" will look amazing as well.

Urgh. I'll probably rent "Ted" to get it over with. "Miami Connection" should make a great chaser to that hootch.

Dec 10 - 05:16 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I love Les Mis, the Bombast of Broadway and the words on a page. What's this Very good one coming out you speak of? I apologize if you are referring to the one featuring Anne Hathaway that one looks very good just some casting decisions seemed kind of "really?" to me.

Dec 11 - 08:28 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was referring to the 1996 adaptation of the Hugo novel, starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman, that came out on Blu-Ray this week. It is very good, and unrelated to the musical.

Dec 11 - 12:43 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Oh yeah the one that's listed above. Thanks for being classy and not pointing out my Idiocy. Feel quite Idiotic now. I did enjoy that film, kind of bummed Geoffery Rush isn't Playing Javert in the Musical this Christmas.

Dec 11 - 03:07 PM

Gene Bodyl

Gene Bodyl

Ted is the funniest movie I seen this year. That is something I def have to get. I'll prob pick up Bourne Legacy and yes, Ice Age 4. I always been a sucker for any spy movies especially Bourne. I'm disappointed that there's no Matt Damon though. The Ice Age films are up in there in my favorite animated films ever, so hopefully I'll like the fourth one. I might rent the others.

Dec 10 - 05:48 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

THE BOURNE LEGACY: Loved the first three movies and while I was a bit disappointed with LEGACY in the theaters, willing to give it another chance on DVD. I'm in the minority in that did I appreciate Gilroy's attempt for a more cerebral thriller, shaky cam gone, etc. It's a different route that unfortunately didn't pay off for Universal, because now it's tough to say if we will see a BOURNE 5...not that I'm clambering for one because the truth is it should have remained a trilogy. Oh wait, I forgot: Hollywood loves money.

TED: Saw it for free, didn't laugh much, nothing more to say.

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT: I gave up after ICE AGE 2, so I will be passing on this despite its 'charms' as I had experienced them before.

FOLLOWING: One of my favorite Nolan films, I like this one even more than his breakout hit MEMENTO. Looks like a great Criterion to pick up too.

QATSI TRILOGY: Only saw the first film in a 12th grade English elective class, and was stunned by it, particularly by Philip Glass' excellent score. However, like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MAN ON WIRE, it really screams to be viewed in a theater.

MIAMI CONNECTION: This looks like it has the same cult appeal as SURF NAZIS MUST DIE or PERILS OF GWENDOLINE IN THE LAND OF THE YIK-YAK. In other words, it sounds "superb, superb"!

GAYBY: Along with BOURNE, this will be my second rental if its available.

BABES IN TOYLAND (1961) --- This Disney version of the beloved Herbert operetta is OK, but it's really only for children. Lots of Disney regulars of the time in this one: Annette Funicello, Ed Wood, Tommy Kirk, etc. Best of all are Henry Calvin & Gene Sheldon, who had previously had memorable roles in the Zorro TV show. Like DICK TRACY, however, this probably looks delicious on Blu-ray.

Dec 10 - 07:10 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Oh shit, I meant Ed WYNN not Ed Wood, so so so sorry Mr. Wynn, loved you in MARY POPPINS and THAT DARN CAT! :)

Dec 12 - 12:41 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'd check out Bourne Legacy, but I wasted my money on fucking Savages, one of the most disappointing films of the year. Oliver Stone has let me down, again.

Dec 10 - 09:28 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I don't really need to see "Bourne Legacy" again after the theater, "Ted" I might try watching just for the heck of it (I thought the "Thunder song" in the trailer was funny), and I'll see "Ice Age" just so I can have a more complete view of this year's animated offerings.

Dec 10 - 10:29 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I love Les Mis, the Bombast of Broadway and the words on a page. What's this Very good one coming out you speak of? I apologize if you are referring to the one featuring Anne Hathaway that one looks very good just some casting decisions seemed kind of "really?" to me.

Dec 11 - 08:28 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was referring to the 1996 adaptation of the Hugo novel, starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman, that came out on Blu-Ray this week. It is very good, and unrelated to the musical.

Dec 11 - 12:43 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Oh yeah the one that's listed above. Thanks for being classy and not pointing out my Idiocy. Feel quite Idiotic now. I did enjoy that film, kind of bummed Geoffery Rush isn't Playing Javert in the Musical this Christmas.

Dec 11 - 03:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was referring to the 1996 adaptation of the Hugo novel, starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman, that came out on Blu-Ray this week. It is very good, and unrelated to the musical.

Dec 11 - 12:43 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Oh yeah the one that's listed above. Thanks for being classy and not pointing out my Idiocy. Feel quite Idiotic now. I did enjoy that film, kind of bummed Geoffery Rush isn't Playing Javert in the Musical this Christmas.

Dec 11 - 03:07 PM

tiffany d.

tiffany dean

upto I looked at the bank draft which had said $5447, I did not believe that my mother in law could realey earning money part-time at there computar.. there brothers friend had bean doing this 4 only 16 months and as of now cleared the debts on their mini mansion and purchased a new Lotus Elise. read more at..http://twitlink.ws/b3ks

Dec 11 - 02:28 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Oh yeah the one that's listed above. Thanks for being classy and not pointing out my Idiocy. Feel quite Idiotic now. I did enjoy that film, kind of bummed Geoffery Rush isn't Playing Javert in the Musical this Christmas.

Dec 11 - 03:07 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Ted, one of my favorite comedies of the year. I'd say buy it.

Bourne Legacy , not a good reboot. I'll rent it, but I sorta miss the real Bourne (Matt Damon)

Ice Age 4 is very funny, can't wait for a rental or digital copy.

Dec 11 - 03:51 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Oh shit, I meant Ed WYNN not Ed Wood, so so so sorry Mr. Wynn, loved you in MARY POPPINS and THAT DARN CAT! :)

Dec 12 - 12:41 PM

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