Mark Wahlberg's best friend is Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

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Short Circuits: 'Ted' on video; 'Far Cry 3' in games

  • December 10, 2012 - 3:23 PM

New and noteworthy experiences among home video, games, gadgets and the Web.


Boy meets bear, and laughter ensues

If you've seen the trailers for "Ted," you're hip to its high-concept premise: A boy named Johnny Bennett gets a cuddly teddy bear for Christmas and, after he makes a wish, the bear begins to talk. Twenty years later, Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) live together as roomies, generally avoiding the bothersome business of growing up.

Making his live-action directorial debut, MacFarlane, the wisenheimer behind the animated TV series "Family Guy," has created a universe based largely on the same humor of that show.

The DVD (Universal, $30) includes commentary, a making-of documentary and an unrated version. The Blu-ray ($35) adds deleted scenes and a featurette.


Colin Covert's take: Welcome to the funniest comedy of 2012. Loony, lewd and lovable, there is more than enough to keep viewers howling with laughter.

Also out Tuesday:

Movies: "The Bourne Legacy," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Why Stop Now."

TV: "Bordertown" (full series), "Futurama" (Vol. 7), "Girls" (Season 1), "Gunsmoke" (Season 7, Vol. 1), "Hazel" (Season 4), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (Season 9), "Mankind: The Story of All of Us."

Blu-ray debuts: "Babes in Toyland," "Dick Tracy," "Following," "Heavyweights," "The Island," "The Joy Luck Club," "Les Misérables" (1998), "The Qatsi Trilogy."


Island adventure awaits in 'Far Cry 3'

There is a lot to chew on in "Far Cry 3" ($60 for Xbox 360, PS3; rated Mature) and, luckily, it's mostly meat and no gristle: luscious scenery, a uniquely twisted and enjoyable main villain, and enough side missions and activities to take up a couple of days' worth of gaming time. This full-feature first-person shooter brims with excellent content.

You play as Jason Brody, as he and a group of friends on vacation get scooped up into a war among pirates, drug runners and tribal factions. While survival and rescuing your friends remain your primary focus, "Far Cry 3" features a rich and expansive open world. No, really, it's huge. The islands are littered with side missions and activities ranging from shootouts with gangs to hunting rare animals.

Some multiplayer modes exist, and although they might initially appear shallow, start playing Firestorm or messing around with the multiplayer map editor and you'll discover that more treasures await.

"Far Cry 3" is a must-own game.



Wireless headphones offer big sound

SMS Audio SYNC by 50 ($122, ) over-the-ear headphones give you the big sound from a big set of headphones but without a cord.

All you do is connect the wireless transmitter (included) into your device's headphone port, pair it with the headphones and the setup is done.

The headband is made of a custom polymer plastic so it's flexible and the ear cups are made with a soft leather memory foam, which combine to make it simple to get a comfortable fit.

Controls for volume and song selections are built into the left earcup along with a microUSB port for charging and 3.5mm input for the audio cable if you don't want to go wireless. The audio cable has an in-line mic for cellular use and a zippered travel case is included.


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