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New Home Video: Dec. 10-17, 2012

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This Week: TV | Film | Video | Hardcovers | Paperbacks | Trailers

Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: A potty-mouthed, id-driven teddy bear, the latest adventures of Fry and Bender, another outing for a grumpy mammoth, a three-fold look at the end of the world, and a solar hiccup that screws up the Earth.

Ted (2012)

Ted
Universal Pictures

Maybe you're tired of manchild buddy movies. Or maybe you've developed a mild, perplexed irritation that Seth MacFarlane has become a sort of cultural hero. If either of these describes you, you might not be the best candidate to enjoy Ted, which is either one of the funniest and rawest comedies of the last couple years or the latest indictment of the crassification of American wit.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story: A story centered on a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett), Mila Kunis (Lori Collins), Seth MacFarlane (Ted), Joel McHale (Rex), Giovanni Ribisi (Donny), Patrick Warburton (Guy), Matt Walsh (Thomas), Jessica Barth (Tami-Lynn), Aedin Mincks (Robert), Bill Smitrovich (Frank), Patrick Stewart (Narrator), Norah Jones (Herself), Sam J. Jones (Himself), Tom Skerritt (Himself), Bretton Manley (Young John), Ralph Garman (John's Dad).
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane.
Features: Unrated and Theatrical Versions; Audio Commentary: Director/co-writer/voice actor Seth MacFarlane, co-writer Alec Sulkin and star Mark Wahlberg; The Making of Ted (HD, 25 minutes); Deleted Scenes (HD, 15 minutes); Teddy Bear Scuffle (HD, 6 minutes); Alternate Takes (HD, 11 minutes); Gag Reel (HD, 6 minutes); My Scenes Bookmarking.

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Futurama: Volume 7 (2012)

Futurama: Volume 7
Comedy Central

Yes, you do still want to live on this planet--if only to partake of the first half of Futurama season 7, the latest batch of episodes from the summer 2012 run with scads of extras.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD (2 discs either way).
The story: Crammed with a whole new dimension of extras not shown on TV, this cosmic collection includes 13 bizarre and brilliant episodes involving ancient prophecies, Presidents' heads, robot gangsters, angry butterflies, and of course, sausage-making. It's a shipload of futuristic fun!
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, John Di Maggio, Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, David Herman.
Created by: David X. Cohen and Matt Groening.
Features: Full-length Commentary on All 13 Episodes; Bonus Commentary on Episode 7.02, "A Farewell To Arms," by the Animators of Rough Draft Studios; Alternate Ending for "Zapp Dingbat"; Christopher Tyng's Big Score: A Jam Session with Futurama's Innovative Composer; Futurama Karaoke: Sing Along with Your Favorite Characters; Möbius Trip: Infinite Futurama Screen Loops; Too Good For TV: A Smorgasbord of Deleted Scenes.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

It's amazing that the Ice Age films can remain so eager to please despite being so very tired.
Formats: 3D Blu-ray (3 discs), DVD, Digital Copy, Blu-ray (2 discs).
The story: Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he's been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences -- a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Wedge, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Aziz Ansari, Alain Chabat, Jason Fricchione, Nick Frost.
Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier.
Features: Party with a Pirate (feature-length); Shimmy Shake Music Section; Through a Pirate's Spyglass; Whale of a Tale: Drifts, Rifts, Beasties and Myths; Scrat Got Your Tongue?; Granny and the Stink of the Sloths; Missing Links (unfinished deleted scenes); Ice Age: The Story So Far; Ultraviolet (UV) digital download of the feature.

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Doomsday Book (2012)

Doomsday Book
Well Go USA

This award-winning sci-fi triptych on the theme of world-ending, several years in the making, is a hit in Korea, an increasingly visible source of genre cinema.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story: Korea is ground zero for an undead pandemic, as one man's rotten trash brings on a zombie apocalypse. A high-tech repairman struggles as a robot residing in a Buddhist temple finds his higher mind and challenges the idea of consciousness. And one family, one lost billiard ball, and one misguided Internet order bring on the end of the world.
Starring: Kim Kang-woo, Park Hae-il, Ryoo Seung-bum.
Directed by: Pil-Sung Yim, Jee-woon Kim.
Features: None listed.

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Collision Earth (2012)

Collision Earth
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Kirk Acevedo from Oz and Fringe, among other gigs, leads the cast of Collision Earth, the latest in a long run of Syfy original disaster movies. This time the appalling mistakes involve a profound misunderstanding of astrophysics rather than of geology or meteorology, but director Paul Ziller is acquiring a reputation for decently paced action/destruction films that are diverting enough if you unplug your brain for a while.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story: When a massive comet strikes the Sun, it knocks Mercury out of orbit and sends it hurtling towards Earth. But each day the now-magnetized planet gets closer, it triggers gravitational chaos around the world: Flaming meteors crash into the ground. Automobiles are sucked into the sky. And the worst is still to come. Can a disgraced scientist and the lone surviving crewmember on a crippled space shuttle stop this Extinction Level Event by re-activating the top-secret planetary defense system known as 'Project 7'?
Starring: Kirk Acevedo, Diane Farr, Chad Krowchuk, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Adam Greydon Reid, Andrew Airlie, David Lewis, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Kevan Ohtsji, Juan Riedinger.
Directed by: Paul Ziller (Stonehenge Apocalypse, Metal Shifters, etc.).
Features: None listed.

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