A teddy bear, super spy and baby are fodder for this week's new DVD releases.
TED, GRADE A-MINUS: 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.
THE BOURNE LEGACY GRADE C: 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.
GAYBY, GRADE B-MINUS: Director Jonathan Lisecki had success on the film-festival circuit in 2010 with his 12-minute short Gayby (rhymes with baby). It's the story of two singles who have been friends since college – Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) – who as 30-somethings decide to have a baby. The twist is he's gay, and she wants to conceive the child the old-fashioned way.
Also new on DVD this week:
Backwards: A rower who fails to make the Olympics takes a job coaching rowers at a high school. Sarah Megan Thomas stars.
Ice Age: Continental Drift: The gang must use an iceberg as a ship when their continent begins to drift.
The Portrait of a Lady: Nicole Kidman stars in the film based on the Henry James novel.
Kill 'Em All: Assassins must fight their way out of a high-tech bunker.