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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig
  • Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
  • Producers: Chris Meledandri, John Cohen, Janet Healy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00318CV28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbours, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) to prove to his Mum (Julie Andrews) that he is better than the other super-villains, especially the new kid on the block, Vector (Jason Segal).

Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze guns 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.

One of the world’s greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes in the box office hit Despicable Me.

Special Features:
  • 3 brand new Minion Movies (Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana)
  • Voices Of Despicable Me
  • The World Of Despicable Me
  • Despicable Beats
  • A Global Effort
  • Gru’s Rocket Builder Game
  • Super Silly Fun Land Games
  • Feature commentary
Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English Audio Description Track 2.0
Subtitle: English SDH

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Despicable Me is a compelling animated comedy about an aging supervillain's falling popularity at the hands of a younger supervillain and three young orphan girls. Gru is a true, bad-to-the-core evildoer who's earned the title of the world's No. 1 supervillain. But when young upstart Vector steals the Pyramid of Giza, Gru's status suddenly sinks to No. 2. Gru counters his fall by speeding up his plan to shrink and steal the moon, enlisting the help of his army of minions and the elderly Dr. Nefario, but a lack of funding and the difficulties involved in stealing the needed shrink-ray gun threaten to derail everything. Adopting three young orphan girls is an unlikely, but seemingly effective means to further Gru's evil mission, but Gru quickly discovers that caring for three young girls is more work, and distraction, than he could ever have anticipated. What unfolds is an unexpected shift in attitude that will forever change the lives of Gru, Vector, and all three young girls. A visually appealing film produced by Chris Meledandri (Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, and Horton Hears a Who), Despicable Me is full of weirdly shaped characters and settings that are somehow a perfect fit for Sergio Pablos's story. What's especially refreshing is that in this film, 3-D effects are used skillfully and effectively: even when the effects are exploited for comic reasons, they don't become a distraction, as is all too common in many recent movies. The film is full of corny banter and silly antics that inspire plenty of spontaneous laughter, and the minions, while not the best-developed characters, sure are comical. Ultimately, there's also a wholesome message about following one's heart. Steve Carell is the perfect villain-gone-soft in his role as Gru, Jason Segal is quite funny as Vector, and Julie Andrews makes a surprising appearance as Gru's very un-motherly mom. The story isn't new, the humour is relatively juvenile and somewhat forgettable, and it's no Toy Story 3, but Despicable Me celebrates silliness in a way that's satisfying and highly entertaining. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 2 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This might be one of the best-looking Blu-Rays you can get. The quality on a big set is gorgeous, which makes the amazing designs of things like the cars/planes/Gru's house all look outstanding.
Plot-wise, our bad guy isn't as despicable as parents may fear - he's a faintly 'has-been' bad guy, overshadowed by a new breed of younger and more obnoxious supervillains, their comically absurd schemes relayed by funny news reports and wonderfully unexpected events. Gru himself is an entertaining character with a very distinctive personality, and his tic-tac shaped yellow minions are one of the biggest joys of the movie as they race around crashing into things with hyperactive maniacal gibber-jabber and ridiculous behaviour. In terms of the plot, Gru decides to adopt some orphans to help him in a scheme, and I'll leave it there, as the storyline is very strong in terms of the way its characters develop, and one of the greatest pleasures of the film is seeing how the characters end up affecting or changing one another. The orphan girls are funny, likeable, mischievous, plucky and adorable by turns, and never veer into syrupy schmaltz for more than a split second before it's defused by some sarcastic gag.
Adults are likely to find the parenting storyline a delight because it's so well written and funny, and kids will love the vibrant colours and comical minions. There is a lot of action, some amazingly inventive chases, and a very satisfying ending.
It's emotionally rich, comically clever, and highly lovable. Steve Carrell is great as Gru.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 10 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Why is it so often that two similar films com out of Hollywood? In this case two films starring villains as the hero? Whilst `Megamind' was fun, it is actually the other film in this duo that stands out, `Despicable Me'. Gru is a failing supervillain who can no longer fund his master plans. His only hope is to reclaim his shrink ray from his biggest rival, not Megamind, but Vector. To do this he adopts three young sisters as part of his plan. Will the fearsome threesome make his plans turn cold, or his warm his heart?

`Despicable Me' is a rare beast in modern children's films as it actually concentrates on that market. The likes of `Shrek' and Pixar's work (`Cars' apart) have the flashing colours and fancy imagery that kids like, but often deal in jokes and themes that only adults can understand. `Despicable' is old fashioned in the sense that it has a simple story, told well, about how family is the most important thing. The comedy set pieces are straight forward enough to entertain any age, lovers of slapstick will unite. There are not too many references to modern culture in the film, meaning it will hold up far better in 30 years' time than something like `Shark's Tale'.

Steve Carell voice of Gru is a little bizarre, but you soon get used to it. It is not the marquee names that you watch this film for, but the emotional script and funny moments. It will take someone of sterner stuff than I, not to feel their heartstrings being pulled as the film reaches its climax. `Despicable' is great fun throughout and is a film that will entertain all ages. There are a couple of small issues with the quality of voice acting, but it remains one of the better CGI cartoons of recent years - up there with `How to Train Your Dragon', but not quite `Toy Story 3'.
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115 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I loved this movie and my 10 y.o. daughter loved it even more. It is so good, that I hardly know where to begin - so I tried to put the whole review in four points, mentioned in the title:

1. Hilarity - IT IS HILARIOUS! REALLY! There is hardly any 15 seconds in this movie that would not contain a really good gag, children or/and adult oriented. Whoever wrote the scenario was a genius!

2. Despicability - the main character, Gru, is really a delight to watch: ugly, grumpy, mean, petty, vengeful, scheming, permanently aggravated and wholeheartedly devoted to the cause of evil - and in the same time incredibly insecure, convinced deep in his heart that he is a looser and haunted by the every day stronger feeling of the impending doom, for him and his evil army. I believe also that even his name is a kind of evil double entendre: it is obviously an abbreviation of "gruesome" but GRU was also, during the Cold War, the name of Soviet Army military intelligence, in charge particularly of assassinations abroad. In some James Bond movies GRU appeared under the name of Smertch. It gives a particular flavor to Gru, considering that his character is clearly inspired by some of the supervillains from James Bond franchise. His geriatric sidekick (and only friend - well, kind of) doctor Nefario and his murderous dog/rat/wolverine/skunk like pet (even after two viewings of this movie the jury is still out in my house on the question "what is this animal?") give also a great show!

3. Girl power - any parent of little girls (I have two) will fall immediately in love with Margo, Edith and Agnes, the three little orphaned sisters Gru adopts.
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