Despicable Me [DVD] 
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Three orphan girls cause the deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon. Bonus features: Theatrical Feature Commentary ; Despicable Me Minion Mania App Trailer; Despicable Me The Game Trailer; A Global Effort; Gru's Rocket Builder Game; Super Silly Fun Land Games; Despicable Beats; The World of Despicable Me; Voices of Despicable Me; Despicable Me Mini-Movies (Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana); Hop Teaser Trailer; Universal Family BLU-RAY™ Trailer; Thank You Anti Piracy Trailer.
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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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.Read more ›
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?
The reason I wanted to post this review is twofold: firstly, to assure prospective buyers that the use of 3D is pretty much first class. It really adds a sense of depth and immersion, and in several scenes it is used to great effect. In fact, the standard of animation is excellent throughout with imaginative realisation, some beautiful rendering, and highly expressive characters. Secondly, the first disc I received from Amazon was defective: it froze at several places (the same each time) and the player then skipped several seconds when it caught up with itself. There was also a dropped audio problem. I returned the disc via Amazon's return service and had a replacement the next day, which has worked perfectly. So if yours also sticks I suggest returning it for a replacement, because there are obviously bad discs out there.
The extras are mostly generic, but a must-watch is the Minions' short film "Banana", which I have no doubt will make you chuckle.
This is a great film to keep kids (and indeed adults) quiet for a while, and it will definitely not embarrass you if you use it to show off your 3D television.
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I am an adult but I love this film, it makes me laugh so I'm sure that children will love it, I know my grandchildren do!!! Read morePublished 14 days ago by LAH
Careful: apart from the horrible "english-way-of-life" U or G pictograms that ruin the picture (front and edge), the edge is larger than the casual size of blu-ray discs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Artemus n'H