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Get ready for a minion laughs in the funniest blockbuster hit of the year! Vying for the title of "World's Greatest Villain", Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of 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. From executive producer Chris Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age), and featuring the voices of an all-star comedic cast, including Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews, Despicable Me is "rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative" (Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine).
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Despicable Me is the first 4K UHD title to be released in "Dolby Vision"; Dolby Vision is an alternate to the more commonly used "HDR 10" version of HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR allows for better contrast (brighter colors, darker blacks and better color/tone mapping) than Blu-Ray (or other media), allowing for a nicer overall picture.
To get this, you need a 4K UHD TV with HDR (for DolbyVision your TV needs to support Dolby Vision also), a 4K UHD Player that supports Dolby Vision (currently the Oppo 203 does, via firmware update, but most players do not).
The benefit to Dolby Vision over HDR10 is that HDR10 locks the entire movie into a single HDR setting. Since scenes change constantly in a movie (dark scenes, bright scenes) it's hard to pick just 1 setting to lock it into. Dolby Vision allows for dynamic settings to be encoded throughout, so each scene can be set completely different, and it really shows off great in this one!
As someone who owns about 50 different UHD/4K titles in HDR10, this one is the best my TV has ever looked (the brightest picture and most colorful picture). For that alone, I feel it's worth picking up.
The movie is now 7 years old and I think it shows; the picture is incredibly sharp but the CG does seem a little dated with lots of completely round objects.. this is also partly due to the style of the movie. Despicable Me 2 is also in Dolby Vision and a newer movie (obviously :) ) so it will likely look a bit better. I'm hoping to pick that one up shortly.
The set also includes the Blu-Ray release and a Digital Copy.
NOTE: If you are running your 4K UHD player through an AV receiver, if it does not support dolby vision (Most manufacturers have said they'll firmware update any 2016 and newer models), you won't be able to pass the DV signal. If you have a player like the Oppo 203 which has 2 HDMI outputs (1 for video, 1 for audio) you'll be fine.
The movie is one of the more enjoyable animated films to come out over the past few years. While it is a kids movie there is definitely enough here for adults to enjoy this film. I was very concerned when previews first came out that the minions would drag the movie down. I was never so happy to be wrong. The minions add great comic relief to the movie and Steve Carell does a fantastic job as Gru with help from Russell Brand (Dr Nefario) and Jason Segel (Vector). All three roles are played perfectly as to not go over the top with their performances. The 3 girls do a great job of giving real emotion where it's needed most and keep the movie from becoming too silly.
The Video - the upgrade from Blu-ray to 4k is most noticeable in the use of HDR providing a deeper and stronger colors palate. There is not a lot of texture that can be improved upon. There are a few scenes where details are a little sharper such as the opening sequence in Egypt but it's not a huge improvement that Blu-ray viewers would feel like they are missing out.
The audio is a good improvement on an already good mix. The DTS-X soundtrack makes good use of overhead speakers and does a good job of making the entire movie just feel fuller.
IMHO If you own the Blu-ray version you only need to upgrade if you are a big fan of the movie. I'm happy with the 4k but even happier that I got it on sale.
Only complaint, i wish the Digital offering was able to be "transferred" to Google Play. Using the UltraViolet service stinks and isn't as intuitive on my tablet... hence the 4-star rating.
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