Despicable Me 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, this became a terrific visual presentation.
Sharpness worked well, as virtually no softness materialized. Instead, the image remained tight and concise at all times. Both shimmering and jaggies were absent, and I saw no edge haloes or source flaws.
Like the first film, Me 2 opted for a bright, varied palette. It leaned teal at times but went for a lot of purples and pinks as well, all of which popped off the screen. Blacks appeared deep and dense, while low-light shots boasted fine clarity. I felt pleased with this very appealing image.
I also liked the fairly ambitious DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Me 2, as it used the soundscape well. With plenty of action scenes, the mix opened up to create a vivid sense for various elements, and these meshed together in a satisfying manner.
Music presented fine stereo presence, and quieter scenes worked fine. Given the number of fights and chases and all the craziness, much of the movie aimed for sonic pizzazz, and the mix delivered those moments well.
Audio quality followed suit and seemed strong. Music appeared vivid and full, while speech came across as concise and distinctive. Effects provided accurate, tight tones with excellent low-end response. This wound up as a terrific track.
The picture comments above reflect the film’s 2D presentation – how does its 3D version compare? It terms of visual quality, the two remained largely similar. The 3D could be a little softer at times, but overall clarity, colors and accuracy seemed alike.
As for the stereo visuals, Me 2 offered a lot of fun 3D information. In addition to a solid sense of depth, the film boasted plenty of delightful “pop-out” moments that added levity to the tale. The 3D became the best way to watch the film.
As we move to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from directors Chris Renauld and Pierre Coffin. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, design choices, influences and allusions, cast and performances, music and related topics.
I really liked the Coffin/Renaud track for the first film, and this one follows suit – minus the participation of the Minions, who offered occasional silliness during the prior movie. Even without the goofy characters’ involvement, the directors’ chat becomes a lively, involving piece. They tell us a lot about the movie’s creation and make this a useful look at the flick.
Three Mini-Movies appear. We get “Puppy” (5:07), “Panic in the Mailroom” (4:46) and “Training Wheels” (4:48). All come with introductions from Steve Carell in character as Gru.
“Puppy” shows the Minions’ unusual attempts to bring a new pet into Gru’s household, and “Panic” lets us view goofy antics related to Minions stuck in menial work. Finally, “Wheels” views Agnes’s Minion-aided attempts to ride a bike.
Though a pretty blatant take on ET, “Puppy” offers real charm and heart. “Panic” goes for more blatant comedy and has some laughs, though it’s not as good as “Puppy”. “Wheels” fares worst, mainly because it turns dopey with a silly action orientation.
Note that this set also includes a 3D version of “Puppy”. The other two mini-movies remain 2D only.
We also find a featurette that relates the Making of the Mini-Movies. It runs five minutes, 45 seconds and offers info from Renaud, Coffin, producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and directors Mark O’Hare, Fabrice Joubert, Eric Favela, Regis Schuller, Yarrow Cheney and Bruno Dequier.
In this short piece, we get quick notes on story/characters as well as inter-continental collaboration. Though awfully brief, “Making” offers a smattering of decent notes.
A Deleted Scene lasts 46 seconds. Called “Gruties”, it adds a minor extension to a sequence in the final flick.
I suspect it got cut because it took away from the sadness/isolation of young Gru, as “Gruties” opts for broad comedy instead. It’s funny but I understand why the filmmakers preferred pathos.
The set includes six more featurettes: “The Minions” (3:08), “Evil Minions” (4:20), “A Gru-some Transformation” (5:28), “El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho” (4:18), “Gru’s Girls” (5:36) and “Gadgets Galore” (4:13).
Across these, we hear from Carell, Meledandri, Renaud, Coffin, Healy, co-writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, production designer Yarrow Cheney, production/character designer Eric Guillon, editor Gregory Perler, and actors Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Moises Arias, Elsie Fisher and Dana Gaier.
The clips discuss the Minions, character design, cast and performances, and the movie’s gadgets. Occasional bouts of information arise, and we get decent notes about design topics. Nonetheless, a lot of fluff appears, so don’t expect greatness.
The disc opens with ads for the “Minion Mayhem” attraction at Universal Studios, the “Minion Rush” app, Barbie and Her Sisters in A Pony Tale and Monster High: 13 Wishes. Previews adds promos for Paranorman, Despicable Me, Hop, Barbie Mariposa & The Fairy Princess, Monster High: Ghouls Rule, An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. No trailer for Me 2 shows up here.
While I hoped Despicable Me 2 would springboard off the first flick’s positives, instead it seems like a fairly flat sequel. It comes with minor mirth but fails to turn into anything memorable or especially entertaining. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture and audio as well as a collection of supplements headlined by an informative commentary. While the 3D presentation adds fun, Me 2 fails to engage.
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