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Review: ‘Minions’ Blu-Ray & DVD release

Minions DVD coverNow out on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK, Minions, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animated prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, is inventive, clever, and funnier than either of the previous two films.

Beginning at the dawn of time, it shows the Minions evolving from single-celled yellow organisms, following them swiftly through ages, as they constantly search for the world’s most despicable masters. Time and again they manage to accidentally eliminate their masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—and when an explosive mistake finally leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and cute little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for all of them to follow.

The trio embark on a journey from Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in ‘mod’ London. Once they’ve tracked down their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain, misunderstandings and misadventures ensue. When Bob accidentally becomes King, Scarlet is less than pleased (while the Queen repairs to the local pub to console herself with a pint). With the rest of the Minions hurrying to London to serve their new boss, Kevin, Stuart and Bob have to face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation.

Sandra Bullock heads up an all-star voice cast including Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders (an “Absolutely Fabulous,” turn as HM the Queen), and Geoffrey Rush. The inimitable voices of the Minions are again voiced by Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) who co-directs with Kyle Balda.

The animation is a joy, and there’s much to admire in the accuracy of the background detail. A view through the doors of Westminster Abbey shows the right curve of the street, statues and monuments are (with the exception of the sword in the stone!) right where they should be.

It’s a fun ride, and both the Blu-ray & DVD also come with three all-new mini-movies, while the Blu-Ray has additional “behind-the-goggles” features including interviews with the writer, producer, and actors.

Minions comes to the USA December 8th.

Blu-Ray Bonus Features

  • Three all new original mini-movies:
      • Cro Minion
      • Competition
      • Binky Nelson Unpacified
  • Around The World Interactive Map – Explore the world of the Minions with this interactive map featuring a collection of games, trivia, featurettes, storyboards, and more all themed to movie locations.
  • Behind The Goggles – The Illumination Story Of The Minions – A “behind thgoggles” look at the history and evolution of the little yellow henchmen.
  • Writer – Writer Brian Lynch discusses how the Minions evolve throughout the different time periods, creating distinctive personalities for the three main Minions, his VillainCon idea, and the Minion family.
  • Boss’ Office –Minions producer, Chris Meledandri discusses the origins of Illumination Entertainment and the genesis of both Despicable Me and the Minions.
  • Art Department – See how the Minions came to life, from the original art concept of the henchmen to the final creation of the Minions and how to differentiate them between new time periods. Plus, see how the idea of Herb and Scarlett Overkill’s characters came
  • Gallery – Concept Art (stills)
  • Gallery – Colour Script (stills)
  • Composer – How composer Heitor Pereira creates the sound of the Minions and what it takes to create big music for small characters.
  • Actors Studio – The actors’ experiences being part of the Minions movie, who their favourite Minions are, and why they love them so much
  • Notice Board (stills)
  • Safety Video
  • Jingle Bells Minion Style – You might be sick of this one by Boxing Day. Have another sherry and sing along to the video that was apparently the most shared piece of content on Facebook in 2014.
  • The Secret Life Of Pets Theatrical Trailer

DVD Bonus Features

  • Three All New Original Mini-Movies:
    • Cro Minion
    • Competition
    • Binky Nelson Unpacified
  • Jingle Bells Minion Style
  • The Secret Life Of Pets Theatrical Trailer

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