I doubt that there are many people who missed out on Despicable Me 2’s Blu Ray and DVD Release last December 10, owing to the fact that it has recently broken Blu-Ray and Digital Sales records with an $80M home video debut (source: Deadline.com), but in case you’re one of those few people on the fence on whether the return of Gru, his cute adopted daughters and his even cuter yellow minions are worth owning on home video, read on.
Chances are, you’re already familiar with the main characters of Despicable Me 2, who are all returning from the first film. But it bears mentioning again, since the characters are easily one of the main selling points of the franchise: Despicable Me 2 brings back Gru, the girls, the minions, and Dr. Nefario. However, Dr. Nefario is no longer serving as Gru’s assistant, after deciding to seek employment elsewhere (because he misses “being evil.”)
Despicable Me 2 introduces new characters as well. The undercover Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde, and the Mexican Restaurateur Eduardo Perez, who is actually a super villain called “El Macho.”
The main story deals with Gru, who is semi-retired from being a supervillain, being recruited (or coerced?) by the Anti Villain League into investigating a case involving a powerful mutagen called the PX-41, which has been stolen from an arctic science lab. The main suspect is El Macho, who is actually Dr. Nefario’s new boss.
In the middle of all this debacle is Gru’s growing responsibilities as the new adoptive father of the three girls, his burgeoning feelings for Lucy Wilde, and of course the Minions, who honestly account for majority of the fans of the film. Not to spoil anything, but fans of the cute little things will be glad to know that they have a very big part to play in this film.
Of course, a home video release is not just about the content itself. The product also has to make the home video release worthwhile, and it’s safe to say that Universal delivers. At least in the Blu-Ray version, the 1080p/AVC encoded video presentation is top-notch. There’s a little bit of banding and aliasing here and there, because no home video release is truly perfect in terms of visual clarity, but this is as perfect as it gets. You’d have to be really looking for them to notice any flaws in the quality. The colors are vibrant and are perfect for the film’s use of bright primary colors. The Despicable Me 2 Blu-Ray is one of those home videos that you’ll want to bust out everytime you want to show off your large screen HD TV.
The sound quality is no slouch either, as expected of Universal’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Even on average quality speakers, the dialogue is clear and isn’t muddled up in the mix. You can bet that a really good home theater setup will make this title shine.
No home video release is going to be worth the asking price without any bonus content. Universal knows this, which is why they included a bunch of never before seen stuff in the discs, including several mini movies that feature everybody’s favorite Minions, and one that focuses on Agnes’ first ever biking experience. There’s also the requisite behind the scenes and interview with the cast and crew, which should provide fans with a nice peek at what goes on behind the films.
Buy or Not?
Buy, definitely. The Despicable Me 2 Blu-Ray doesn’t disappoint, both in the quality of the home video release and in the quality of the film that it contains. It’s a must add to the home video collection of any Despicable Me fan (or should I say Any Minions Fan) and is at least worth a look for anyone who’s looking for a kid-friendly film that with story and humor that can be appreciated by adults as well.