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"Despicable Me" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

In a happy suburban neighborhood with its white picket fences and flowering rose bushes, there is a black house with a dead lawn. Hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Along with his army of minions, the evil Gru (Steve Carell) is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon! 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 including his young and amitious nemesis, Vector (Jason Segal). Along the way, he encounters 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.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 35 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segal
  • Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None

Commentary

This turned out to be a very enjoyable film for anybody who is young at heart.  Many of the plot elements are riotously funny.  Take the Bank of Evil, for example.  I've always wondered how movie villians fund their world-domination schemes.  Well now I know that a burgeoning villian can apply for a loan from the Bank of Evil.  It's downright diabolical!  I also delighted in the various and unique cars, planes and rockets that the villians used in their conquests. The three little orphan girls, lead by Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) were super cute as well.  They were easy to connect with emotionally. Also, the movie benefits from excellent casting and voice acting. A common criticism of modern Hollywood productions is that the plot is a far too predicatble and Despicable Me suffers this fate to a large extent as well.

Technical

The world of Gru is an imaginary place such that the colors are intentionally cartoonish. As a result, this movie has a wide color gamut for your HDTV. Fine details in the picture (when present) are preserved well on this Blu-Ray. The sound is very lively throughout and will work your subs at every twist and turn. Still, the voices remained legible regardless of the amount of action that was going on. The Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" comes on near the close of the film and sounded very good with great extension at both frequency extremes with a tight, clean bass line.

Extras

This package includes three short films starring the minions: "Orientation Day", "Home Makeover" and "Banana". These were very funny and entertaining shorts. The package contained two other discs, the DVD and the Digital Copy Disc.  Other extras include Gru Control where Gru and Vector embellish the film by battling for control of your TV, Pocket Blu which includes access to the bonus content via your smart phone as well as two iPad/iPhone games, a Commentary by Directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin with the Minions, the Voices of Despicable Me (16:34), the World of Despicable Me (15:16), A Global Effort (3:23) and several interactive features.