The studios are all pushing to get as many of their new family movies out on DVD and Blu-ray as they can before that last minute mad rush for Christmas presents. You can put Universal into that competition again with their latest release of “Despicable Me.“
“Despicable Me” takes place “in a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, (where there) sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon, yes, the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.”
I wish I could tell you that I loved “Despicable Me” as I had moderate hopes that I would, especially with Steve Carell voicing the lead character. The film is no more than decent and didn’t do much to keep my attention. It did have a few bright spots of humor here and there.
I can’t really pinpoint why I didn’t particularly grab on to “Despicable Me.“ I guess it’s just the whole “normalcy” of it all. It’s nothing new or challenging visually. The story is adequate. The animation is standard run-of-the-mill. The voicing of the characters are performed well. It just doesn’t stand out as anything special.
I find it highly unlikely that you’ll find yourself popping “Despicable Me” in and out of your Blu-ray or DVD player for repeated viewings the way you will with “A Christmas Carol”, “Shrek Forever After,“ or the likes. It’s just not that type of family or children’s instant classic. It’s more of a time-filler or “babysitter” if you need the kids to leave you alone on a busy afternoon.
Universal sent me the Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy version of “Despicable Me.“ Disc 1 has the Blu-ray Feature Film and Bonus material that includes 3 All New Mini-Movies (“Orientation Day”, “Home Makeover”, and “Banana”); The World of “Despicable Me”Featurette; Despicable Beats; Gru’s Rocket Builder; Miss Hattie’s Top Secret Cookie Recipes; Commentary with the Directors and the Minions; The Voices of “Despicable Me” Featurette; Super Silly Fun Land; Gru-Control; and More. Disc 2 is the standard DVD Feature Film only. Disc 3 is the Digital copy.
The technical specifications for the Blu-ray Feature Film include 1080p High Definition Widescreen 1.85:1 Video; English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DVS Dolby 2.0, and Spanish and French DTS Surround 5.1 Audio; and English SDH, Spanish, and French Subtitles. The standard format DVD has Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85.1 Video; English, Spanish, and French Dolby Digital 5.1, and English DVS Dolby 2.0 Audio; and English SDH, Spanish, and French Subtitles.
“Despicable Me” is available in four different packages. You can get it in a Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy, Minion Madness DVD Double Pack + Digital Copy, and a Single-Disc Edition. Each one has it’s own combination of the Special Features.
Source: Yahoo! Movies