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Dec. 10, 2013 DVD, Blu-ray & 3D: 'Despicable Me 2', Gru and minions save the day

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Celebrate the holidays Minion style with villain-turned-devoted father Gru and his three adopted daughters in the computer-animated comedy film Despicable Me 2. In this follow-up to the 2010 worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher reprise their roles, joined by Kristen Wiig as Agent Lucy Wilde, Ken Jeong as Floyd, Benjamin Bratt as El Macho, Moisés Arias as Antonio Perez and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, the head of the Anti-Villain League (AVL). It is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud from a screenplay by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

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Gru, his adorable girls and the mischievous Minions are back for an all-new adventure when super-dad gets recruited by the Anti-Villain League to track down a new super-bad criminal mastermind called El Macho. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru goes undercover to save the world with the help of his wildly unpredictable Minions and Dr. Nefario, while also trying to keep up with his new fatherly duties. Will he be able to do it all without blowing his cover and perhaps even find love too?

DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D special features include feature commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin and two featurettes. In “Gru’s Girls,” Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher and Dana Gaier weigh in on working with Steve Carell and playing the daughters of a world-famous super-villain. In “Gadgets Galore,” Illumination Entertainment pulls back the curtain on what it takes to build the nifty gadgets of Despicable Me 2. Exclusive to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D are three all-new mini-movies starring the Minions, the making of the mini-movies, a deleted scene and four featurettes. In “The Minions,” visit Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to hear what it’s really like to work with the Minions. In “Evil Minions,” find out more about the process that led to the creation and design of the newest and fiercest addition to the Minion species that are bigger, badder and more purple than ever, and can chew through metal and even swallow a car. In “A Gru-Some Transformation,” sit down with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy. And in “El Hombre Malo: The Villainy Of El Macho,” learn about the creation of Despicable Me 2’s new diabolico El Macho and the actor who brought him to life -- Benjamin Bratt.

Cast:

  • Steve Carell as Felonious Gru
  • Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde
  • Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo Perez/El Macho
  • Miranda Cosgrove as Margo
  • Elsie Fisher as Agnes
  • Dana Gaier as Edith
  • Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario
  • Ken Jeong as Floyd
  • Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom
  • Moisés Arias as Antonio Perez
  • Nasim Pedrad as Jillian
  • Kristen Schaal as Shannon
  • Pierre Coffin as Kevin the Minion, Bob the Minion, Stuart the Minion, Additional Minions, and Evil Minions
  • Chris Renaud as Additional Minions, Evil Minions, and Italian Waiter
  • Vanessa Bayer as Flight Attendant

DVD Special Features:

  • Gru’s Girls - Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher and Dana Gaier weigh in on working with Steve Carell and playing the daughters of a world-famous super-villain!
  • Gadgets Galore - Lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns -- these are the nifty gadgets of Despicable Me 2. Illumination Entertainment pulls back the curtain on what it takes to build a world that would leave even James Bond envious.
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin

Blu-ray Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Three All-New Mini-Movies Starring the Minions - Introduced by Gru
    o Puppy
    o Panic in the Mailroom
    o Training Wheels
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies - A fun-filled take on the making of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.
  • Deleted Scene
  • The Minions - A visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to hear what it’s really like to work with the Minions.
  • Evil Minions - Bigger, badder and more purple than ever, the newest and fiercest addition to the Minion species can chew through metal and swallow a car. Find out more about the process that led to their creation and design.
  • A Gru-Some Transformation - A sit-down with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy.
  • El Hombre Malo: The Villainy Of El Macho - Every great story needs a good villain, and Despicable Me 2 brings on the diabolico in the form of El Macho! Learn about the creation of this character and the actor who brought him to life -- Benjamin Bratt.

Blu-ray 3D Special Features:

Includes all Blu-ray Special Features plus:

  • Feature Film in 3D

Exclusives:

USA

Check out the slideshow to see what the exclusives look like.

  • Best Buy - Free Despicable Me 2 collectible Minion soft insulated lunchbox ($7.99 value) when you purchase any version of Despicable Me 2.
  • Target - Despicable Me 2 Digibook Blu-ray Combo Pack with Anti-Villain League Handbook and bonus disc featuring more than 40 minutes of exclusive content. In “Speak No Evil: The Voices of Despicable Me 2 (20:01 est.)," it explores the hilariously talented cast of Despicable Me 2, and learn how each actor – from Steve Carell to Kristen Wiig to Benjanmin Bratt – created such memorable characters (using only their voices!) [“Gru (5:26 est.),” “Lucy (4:26 est.),” “Margo (2:43 est.),” “Edith (1:55 est.),” “Agnes (2:38 est.)” and “El Macho (2:53 est.)]. In “The Music of Despicable Me 2 (5:36),” another way the sequel carries on the spirit of the original is the great music provided again by Pharrell Williams and Heitor Pereira; this piece will look at the incredible new music created for Despicable Me 2. In “Into the Funhouse: The Art & Design of Despicable Me 2 (4:07),” the world of Despicable Me 2 is rife with quirky architecture, beautiful bright vistas and adorably bouncy characters; see the challenges and fun that goes into designing and building this ever-expanding universe and gain an understanding of the animation team's motto, “Simple in design. Expressive in personality.” In “Minion: Impossible (8:02 est.)," everyone’s favorite little mischief-makers return with a vengeance in Despicable Me 2; learn how the artists and filmmakers approached the seemingly impossible task of topping their Minion pranks and general hilarity in the first Despicable Me. In “Bringing Despicable to Life (2:41),” kids love animated films and always want to know more about how it’s done; we’ll get revealing insights and discover some cool details about the inner workings of the process from key talents, including writers Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, and editor Greg Perler. Also available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus disc (non-digibook version without handbook).
  • Walmart - Despicable Me 2 Limited Time Blu-ray Gift Set with Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2 Minion toys.

United Kingdom
Release Date: November 25, 2013

Coupons:

Rebates:

  • $3 mail-in rebate when you buy Despicable Me 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and any one (1) participating Sun-Maid Raisin Mini-Snacks.
  • $3 mail-in rebate when you buy Despicable Me 2 on DVD or Blu-ray before 1/31/14 and any Land O' Frost Premium or DeliShaved product between 10/7/13 and 1/31/14.

Best Deals:

  • Toys R Us - Get Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack for $19.99 with any Despicable Me 2 toy purchase of $19.99 or more.
  • Walmart - $3 off when you pre-order Despicable Me 2 on Blu-ray and buy 2 bags of Cheetos snacks (8 3/4 oz.).

Best Prices:

DVD - $14.99 at Toys R Us, $16.96 at Walmart stores, $16.99 at Amazon.com, Target ($16.14 after Target Cartwheel coupon), Walmart.com, $17.99 at Best Buy

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $19.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target ($18.99 after Target Cartwheel coupon), Toys R Us, $23.96 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (side-by-side packaging; includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $23.96 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $24.96 at Walmart stores, $24.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, $27.99 at Target, $32.96 at Walmart.com

Target exclusive Digibook Blu-ray Combo Pack with handbook and bonus disc - $27.99 ($26.59 at Target Cartwheel coupon)

Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus disc - $19.99 ($18.99 after Target Cartwheel coupon)

Walmart exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with 2 Minion Toys - $19.96 in stores, $24.96 online

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