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"Despicable Me 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated G , 1 Hr, 39 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: • Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Ken Jeong
  • Directed by Chris Renaud
Rating
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  • Violence: Slapstick
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Dru, the minions and kids join up with Lucy to help defend the world from the arch-villain, El Macho. Though not as charming and original as the first, this sequel delivers some good laughs and even though the ending is all but certain, your kids will want to see it more than once. The theme of love and courtship permeate the plot, but the characters (I'm a Dr. Nefario fan myself) are funny and lovable…even Gru. The story is fast paced and the gags never stop. If you liked the first one, the sequel is a no-brainer.

Technical

The picture is well near perfect and the audio is superb. Lots of surround action and powerful punchy explosions throughout. The colors and details are demonstration quality, even if the movie itself comes up a little short. Digital animation films always look good and this one is no exception.

Extras

3 new animated short films starring the minions, deleted scenes, DVD Copy & UltraViolet digital copy and commentaries.