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Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear best friend in Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted.”

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Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear best friend in Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted.”

TED Writer-director Seth MacFarlane’s debut feature was last summer’s unexpected big hit. It’s a crass, mostly hilarious, surprisingly sentimental bromance about a grown boy named John (Mark Wahlberg) and his bong-huffing teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). It’s really about that screw-up friend you want to outgrow but can’t. With Mila Kunis and a Boston vibe that feels close to the real thing. Extras: gag reel, making-of featurette, audio commentary with Wahlberg, MacFarlane, and co-writer Alec Sulkin (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT For their fourth outing, prehistoric pals Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and saber tooth Diego (Denis Leary) are dropped into a pirate tale that couldn’t feel any more arbitrarily conceived. Peter Dinklage works hard as an amusingly designed, gold-toothed monkey mariner, but there’s a sense that we’re watching filler. (20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

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GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Lena Dunham’s 10-episode HBO comedy was the Topic A series of 2012. It was at once fresh (do women in their 20s really talk like that and do such things?) and familiar (there was sex and there was a city, though both were far funkier than anything Sarah Jessica Parker and company knew). Extras: audio commentaries with Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow, inside look at each episode, a conversation between Apatow and Dunham. (HBO Home Video, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99)

THE QATSI TRILOGY Director Godfrey Reggio’s three documentaries about nature under assault from technology — “Koyaanisqatsi” (1983), “Powaqqatsi” (1988), and “Naqoyqatsi” (2002) — are New Age touchstones. Beautiful as their imagery is, they may be even more celebrated for Philip Glass’s music. Extras: interviews with both Reggio and Glass; new digital transfers of all three films; video “afterword” from Reggio; “Anima Mun­di,” 1992 montage from Reggio (Criterion, $79.95, both DVD and Blu-ray)

BACKWARDS Sarah Megan Thomas wrote and stars in this story of a 30-ish rower. A former alternate on the Olympic team, can she make the boat outright this time? Can the high school girls she’s coaching qualify for the Henley Regatta? What about the school’s athletic director, who used to be her boyfriend? Can you guess the answers? Even those who can might still enjoy this amiable, if bland, romantic comedy so long as they’re fans of women’s rowing. (Phase 4 Films, $29.99)

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (SPECIAL EDITION) It’s not quite clear what’s special about this particular release of Jane Campion’s feminist interpretation of Henry James’s novel. But its cast — Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, John Gielgud, Mary-Louise Parker, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale — seems even more stellar now than it did when the film was originally released, in 1996. (Shout! Factory: $12.99; Blu-ray, $19.97)

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