Despicable Me 3D

Featured In Issue 157, May/June 2011

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Chris Reaud & Pierre Coffin
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In Despicable Me, Gru (Carell) vies for the title of "World's Greatest Villain." Gru, along with his crew of cute, mischievous Minions, plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century—steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen—the perfect dad. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin featuring the Minions, Gru-Control, a Bonus View feature in which the characters take over the movie-watching experience, three Mini-Movies (HD 12:07), The Voices Of Despicable Me (HD 16:34), The World Of Despicable Me (HD 15:16), Despicable Beats (HD 02:48), "Super Silly Fun Land" games, "Gru's Rocket Builder" game, "Miss Hattie's Top Secret Cookie Recipes," A Global Effort (HD 03:23), a preview game trailer and Minion Mania App trailer, My Scenes, BD-Live functionality, and D-BOX Motion Code™, plus a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3-D picture is wonderfully three-dimensional and colorful! The color palette is impressively glorious, with a brilliance that is fantastic. Hues are varied and fully saturated, with a striking vividness that simply dazzles in 3D! Reds are robust and Vector's "pajamas" are a bright orange. All this contrasts with the Minions' banana-yellow shading. The depicted fleshtone treatment is naturally hued. The sense of depth is spatially dynamic and engaging throughout. Resolution is excellent, with a level of detail that is rare. Fine detail is evident in object textures and clothing. Metallic surfaces are surprisingly detailed and exhibit wonderful character, as is portrayed in Gru's rocket-propelled vehicles. Contrast is excellent as well, with fine-toned black levels that are deep and richly detailed. Occasionally ghosting is evident in building outlines, which appears to be inherent in the master. Still, the perception of depth is exceptional and far outweighs the ghosting, which is never overbearing or distracting. The depth is not gimmicky 3D, but realistic. The viewer is made to feel as a participant in scenes as an observer. The amusement park roller coaster ride is exhilarating in creating a sense of realness. There are so many scenes that work incredibly well in 3D and are impressively dimensional. Occasional in-your-face 3-D moments deliver the "Wow" experience but never feel forced. The moon scene is absolutely mesmerizing! This is one of the very best animated 3-D experiences, which exceeds at projecting realistic depth. The colors are striking, as well as the detailing, The 3-D quality is impressively comparable to the 2D in every performance parameter, The 3D is a wonderfully immersive experience that is entertaining and visually stimulating throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers a vibrancy and diversity of sonics that is wonderful and extremely well recorded. Especially, the orchestral music score is very dimensional, with a wide and deep soundstage and an aggressive surround presence that is prevalent throughout the movie. At times the music shifts to disco style, with strong rhythmic energy that is fully engaging. Instrumentation is well defined, with perfectly discernible timbres. Dialogue is refreshingly integrated spatially, for an all-ADR production. Sound effects and atmospherics are effectively directionalized with pinpoint imaging and panning. The fidelity is excellent and natural sounding. Foley effects are perfectly tracked as well. The sound effects are aggressive and dynamic, with solid bass punch and extension. The surrounds are weighted with energy that provides a wonderful balance. Bass always sounds natural, not "produced" or artificial, with extension to below 25 Hz in the .1 LFE channel during explosions and rocket events. The D-BOX Motion punctuates throughout, for an enhanced fun visceral experience. This is a superb soundtrack, with a wonderful holosonic® presence that is perfectly executed and a lot of fun to experience. (Gary Reber)