Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Despicable Me 2

HD Digital Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Despicable Me 2Gru and his minions were an even bigger force for laughs in Despicable Me 2. The sequel grossed a whopping $362 million at the box office, more than $100 million more than the original.

Steve Carell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) returns to voice the now reformed master criminal Gru, who’s trying to adjust his new life taking care of his three adopted daughters. But when the Anti-Villain League needs help investigating the theft of a secret Arctic laboratory, Gru is recruited and partners with eccentric agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids). Along with his Minions, Gru must solve the mystery while also keeping up his fatherly duties.

Russell Brand (Hop), Miranda Cosgrove (School of Rock) and Ken Jeong (The Muppets) are back, and Benjamin Bratt (TV’s Law & Order) and Steve Coogan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) join the cast.

Although not as acclaimed as the original, Despicable Me 2 still scored highly with critics, earning 75% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 85% from moviegoers.

Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray and DVD versions come with these special features:

  • “Gru’s Girls” with Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher (Bad Behavior) and Dana Gaier (TV’s 30 Rock) talking about what it’s like to voice Gru’s daughters
  • “Gadgets Galore” looking at the lipstick lasers, magnet strips, foam dart dispensers, jelly guns and more
  • commentary with co-directors Chris Renaud (The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin, who also helmed the original.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Blu-ray 3D Combo also carry these extras:

  • deleted scene
  • “The Minions” visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to hear what it’s like to work with the Minions
  • “Evil Minions” about the creation of the newest, biggest and baddest Minions
  • “A Gru-Some Transformation” with Steve Carell discussing the transformation of Gru from super-villain to super-dad and international spy.
  • “El Hombre Maio: The Villainy of El Macho” about the creation of the character and Benjamin Bratt voicing him
  • three new mini-movies starring the Minions, introduced by Gru
    • “Puppy”
    • “Panic in the Mailroom”
    • “Training Wheels”
  • “The Making of the Mini-Movies” through the eyes of the artists
  • downloadable Digital HD copy and instant streaming with UltraViolet.

Watch a sneak peak of mini-movie “Panic in the Mailroom:”

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.