Gru is back for the third installment of the Despicable Me series. This time, a family surprise shows up to possibly save his career and save a city in the process. Let’s dive in and take a look at Despicable Me 3 on 4K UHD!
So, I am going to assume that anyone interested in watching Despicable Me 3 will already have seen the first two films in the series. However, for those who have not been initiated, I would suggest going back and watching the first two. Each of these films draws from events of the previous entries to some extent. While you could watch this movie stand alone, you really will benefit from the inside jokes that it makes with itself.
Despicable Me 3 starts out rather quickly as we witness our main villain, Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker from South Park fame), an aged child star who never matured out of the 90’s, robbing a giant jewel from a cargo ship in spectacular style. He would have gotten away without a hit were it not for Gru and Lucy’s attempted intervention. Unfortunately, they are unsuccessful in capturing Bratt. This leads to their termination from the Anti-Villain League.
It is at this opportune time that Gru’s twin brother, Dru (who Gru didn’t even know existed) appears and begs him to get back into the villain business. Gru reluctantly agrees, but has a secret motive of foiling Bratt’s plans for domination and securing his old job back. And thus, hijinx ensue.
Since this is the third installment (fourth if you count Minions), one lingering question that should come up is whether or not “the magic” is still there. It is very common for animated series to have a dip or steep drop off in quality after a couple of films. In my opinion, Despicable Me hasn’t quite fallen off yet. However, this movie does not have as many memorable moments as the first two, which definitely puts it firmly in third place in terms of appeal, at least in my books.
Having said that, there is still plenty of charm in the movie, and I enjoyed this one throughout. There were some fun side stories involving the three girls (Margot, Edith, and Agnes) and, of course, the minions. These side plots were fun and surprisingly hilarious at times. I would like to see the inevitable Despicable Me 4 get a bit better in the writing department, but we shall see where they go with it. For now, Despicable Me 3 is still definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of the series.
The visual quality of this release is on par with what you would expect for this art style on a 4K UHD. Animated films like this often look amazing on Blu-ray, and the upgrade to 4K is noticeable mostly in the inclusion of HDR and the colors displayed. I have no complaints at all about the visuals here, even if the art style don’t lend themselves to any jaw drop moments.
Audio quality is similarly quite good. Sporting a Master Audio DTS:X track (but no Dolby Atmos, dammit), there is a great range of surround usage, satisfying bass, and exciting explosions. Another fun bit about the audio here is the music selection for Bratt’s dance off scenes, the choices were definitely enjoyable and nostalgic.
- Mini-Movie: The Secret Life of Kyle – a fun mini featuring Gru’s popular dog, Kyle. This one gets the 4K treatment on the UHD disc as well.
- Deleted Scene with Intro by Dana Gaier
- Minion Moments – a series of short vignettes with the minions
- Character Profiles
- The Making of Despicable Me 3
- Developing Dru
- The AVL Files
- Freedonia Visitors Guide
- Despicable Me TV
- Doowit Sing-Along
- Music Video
- Minion Mug Shots
- Wanted Posters
As we’ve seen in other UHD releases, most of the special features are still in 1080p and are the same as the Blu-ray release. However, we have one exception here as the short “The Secret Life of Kyle” gets the 4K bump, which is something.
Despicable Me 3 Final Thoughts:
Fans of the series will likely enjoy Despicable Me 3 quite a bit, even if it is likely the weakest of the series. This release should be on the shelf with it’s predecessors, but isn’t likely worth buying unless you are invested in those movies as well. The film is out now on 4K UHD and Blu-ray for those looking to purchase.
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