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Despicable Me [DVD] [2010]

Steve Carell , Jason Segel , Chris Renaud , Pierre Coffin    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (933 customer reviews)
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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 (933 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00318CV28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,278 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despicably Funny 19 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I have watched every big cartoon film for the last 25 years ( foster carer ) and this is without doubt the funniest, best story line and best produced to date . Any cartoons after this will have to be something truly special to even come close!!!
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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful
By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Not one for controversy, but Shrek... who? Toy Story... yawn.
Being a man of a certain age and having too many children aged between 5 and 22, I tend to measure the success (or otherwise) of films by the number of times it's referenced by the younger members of the household and how certain lines have become a part of everyday conversations... and this one has already taken a spot in the top 10.
It has everything: great main 'evil' character, Gru (Steve Carell), kids with attitude (the smallest, Agnes, is terminally cute - check out her cheek drums and her reaction to losing her toy unicorn to a wayward laser), hilarious 'Baddie' (and probably most quotable character)- Vector (voiced by the brilliant Jason Segel), an out-of-character but nonetheless entertaining Russell Brand as a senile, almost deaf, mad scientist. Even the small part played by Julie Andrews (as Gru's mum) is worthy of mention (behind every evil supervillain, there's a mother who... well, let's just say she wouldn't be selected to play the part of a singing nun!)... and yes, there are the minions. One of the funniest and most original animated characters I've ever seen (and who ever thought of the individual names is a genius!).
A final thought (Light Bulb!) - what happened to the merchandising? As far as I can tell, there're a few over-priced minions available and very little else. Lego versions of Gru's house, car and aircraft along with mini Lego minions? Or how about Vector's house with its shark tank?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Gaston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Long long ago, in the times of betamax and vhs kids films where always a bit............pooh!! Then in the 80's you had the likes of E.T, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future etc which brought kids films to the mainstream. Now when your in the queue to watch the likes of Ice Age or Toy Story you will often see young teenagers, men and women in there 30's n 40's WITHOUT kids! Despicable me like many of the new wave of "kids films" is fantastic and has that everyman appeal. If you like Megamind, Toy Story, Ice Age, How to Train your Dragon etc then this is a movie for you. If you don't already know the plot its a super bad "despicable" man who ends up having 3 kids living in his hideout. Now Im sure you can guess the end result but the ride to get there is fantastic. The smallest of the kids (Agnes) has THE cutest face and voice of any character (up to and including Boo from Monsters Inc). Gru (the despicable one) has a legion of little helpers called minions, these contribute to some hilarious scenes.

Onto the Extras:
Well I am pleased to say on this Blu Ray you are really spoiled, not only do you get the usual behind the scenes clips but you also find out about the musical side of things (who woul have though Pharell would be involved) but the best part is the 3 mini movies all featuring the minions! All I can say is you will never say Banana in a normal voice ever again.

The movie is amazing and the mini movie "Banana" is just as good! Just today I clicked on [...] and checked and oh yes Despicable me 2 is in the making!

Buy this and you wont regret it........................Ooooooh Banana!!!
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