If you're offended by naughty language, you don't want to watch “Ted.” Seth MacFarlane's first feature is off-color throughout; it also made me laugh as much as any other film this year. MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!”) not only wrote and directed; he also provides the voice of the title character, a teddy bear who comes to life to answer a little boy's wish.
Twenty-seven years pass: the little boy turns into Mark Wahlberg; Ted grows up to be foul-mouthed, drug- and alcohol-abusing, and hooker-carousing — all in his original teddy bear form. They still live together in eternal immaturity, much to the dismay of Wahlberg's loving girlfriend (Mila Kunis).
The new Blu-ray looks good and sounds good. It includes two versions of the film — theatrical and unrated. The latter is about six minutes longer; of the dozens of minutes of equally dirty material it includes, it's hard to imagine which six minutes had to be removed to guarantee an R rating.
The extras are way above average: The 25-minute making-of is good; the gag reel and deleted scenes are yet better; and the alternate takes are downright hilarious. The theatrical cut also has a commentary track with MacFarlane, Wahlberg, and co-writer Alec Sulkin — except Wahlberg has somewhere important to go and bails after 25 minutes. MacFarlane and Sulkin are (big surprise) very funny guys and full of interesting stories, including how they put together footage of Ted appearing on Johnny Carson's “Tonight Show.”
"Ted" (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/DVD, 2 discs, $34.98; DVD, $29.98)
ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on “FilmWeek” on KPCC-FM (89.3).