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Despicable Me (2017 resleeve) (BD + UV) | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017)
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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
Despicable Me 2 | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013)
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Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook. When the world needed a hero, they called a villain! Supervillain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) returns in this super silly minion-packed children's comedy. Having retired, Gru is kidnapped by the Anti-Villain league to help them stop a new villain who has been stealing a dangerous serum. With back-up from his girls and forever-funny minions, Gru must do his best to stop the bad guys as he encounters a whole new group of funny characters in this family friendly comedy. Special Features: 3 Exclusive Mini-Movies! Puppy Panic in the Mailroom Training Wheels The Minions El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho Evil Minions A Gru-some Transformation Deleted Scenes - Gruites The Making of the Mini Movies Gru's Girls Gadgets Galore Feature Commentary with Director Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin