Monday, 11 December 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: DESPICABLE ME 3 Blu-ray


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


 Running Time
90 minutes

$34.98 (Blu-ray)

Where to Purchase

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker, “South Park,” Team America: World Police), the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.

Academy Award® nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) reprises his hilarious role as reformed criminal mastermind Gru, as well as his newly discovered twin, Dru. The all-star voice cast also features Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2), Miranda Cosgrove (Despicable Me 1 & 2, School of Rock), Steve Coogan (The Secret Life of Pets, Philomena), Jenny Slate (Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets), Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 1 & 2) and legendary singer and actress Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins).

Blu-ray Bonus Features

  • All-New Mini Movie The Secret Life of Kyle 
  • Minion MomentsWatch the Minions cause more hilarious mayhem with Gru.
  • Deleted SceneWith intro by Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith
  • Character ProfilesThe inside scoop on the most popular characters, from the actors who play them. 
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. 
  • Developing Dru Behind the scenes character development of Dru. 
  • The AVL FilesThrough the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents. 
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all!
  • Despicable Me TV Tune in for some fabulous fun with these Despicable Me 3 infomercials. Includes “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale.”
  • “Doowit” Sing-Along Sing along with Pharrell Williams as the Minions plot their escape from prison.
  • “Yellow Light” Music Video — Official music video by Pharrell Williams Minion Mugshots — The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery.”
  • Wanted PostersHave you seen these Minions wanted for various crimes?

My Thoughts
Animated franchises tend to die out by the third movie, but that isn't the case for the Despicable Me film series, as the third film (fourth if you count the Minions movie) was a box-office hit this year; taking in over one billion dollars and becoming the 3rd biggest movie of 2017 (so far, anyway).

Despicable 3 begins with Gru and wife Lucy being fired from the Anti-Villain League (AVL) after he couldn't capture the villain Balthazar Bratt. The Minions hope Gru will return to his villainy ways, but after he refuses to do so, most of the Minions pack their bags and leave!

Out of the blue, Gru receives word that he has a twin brother named Dru, who wants him to travel to  Freedonia to meet him. With nothing else to do, Gru, Lucy, their children, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, and the two remaining Minions (or was it three?) travel to Freedonia to visit Dru, who looks just like Gru, except for the little fact that he has hair. Gru learns that his father was a famous villain and Dru wants to follow in his footsteps, but there's one catch - Gru has to teach him how to be a villain.

The Minions are separated from Gru and his family for most of the film, and they have their own side-adventures. They end up being arrested for trespassing on the "Sing" talent contest show and are sent to prison, where they eventually come up with an escape plan.

Agnes also has her own side-story that involves her searching for a "real" unicorn!

The picture and sound quality are topnotch on the Blu-ray. There are plenty of special features to keep you entertained. There's a new mini-movie called The Secret Life of Kyle, which centers on the family dog trying to romance the poodle across the street.

Overall, Despicable 3 is fast-paced, heartwarming third entry in the series. While it's not quite as good as the previous films, I thought the film was pretty good with several funny moments from the Minions. The Blu-ray (or 4K Ultra Blu-ray or DVD) would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from HBO Home Entertainment.  All opinions are my own.

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