Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and the biggest animated hit of 2015, Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

despicableme3bluStudio: Universal Studios
Year: 2013
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Run time: 87 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD
Region: A

I’m a fan of the “Despicable Me” franchise (except for the “Minions” spin off movie, which was terrible,) and I’m happy to say that this sequel does not disappoint in terms of entertainment value, laughs, thrills or charm. I think it is on par with the first movie and a bit better than the second one. In this chapter, Gru meets his twin brother Dru, who both must work together to stop Balthazar Bratt, an 80’s-obsessed supervillain and former child actor out for vengeance.

The movie doesn’t waste a minute of time and moves at a very fast pace. The jokes and action come rapid-fire, but never wear on the viewer or become ineffective. The plot has enough twists and turns to stop it from being formulaic, and the movie has some excellent and funny references to the previous two films. Finally, Bratt is a perfect villain for this type of film and is too tongue-in-cheek to resist. It probably helps too that I’m also a big fan of Trey Parker (who voices him) and his show “South Park,” but he manages to make the character incredibly funny. While the 80’s music and references stemming from his character will probably go over the heads of the kids in the audience, their parents won’t be able to stop laughing at those moments. While there are some lines that don’t work for anyone except the young ones in the crowd, the vast majority of the script is very clever.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. “Despicable Me 3” is a really colorful movie and the characters are really smooth looking. The image is unbelievably clear and super sharp. The colors pop off of the screen really showing an explosion of colors, especially the color yellow, it brings out the details in the animation. Some good examples of fine details, look at the minions, albeit being simple looking designs, they really stick out. Animations have been looking so wonderful on Blu-ray and this film is no exception.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The sound is rather impressive in “Despicable Me 3” that amps it up from the previous three films. It takes advantage of the soundfield with the rears actually getting a good workout with the soundtrack and effects. The sound from the fight scenes is also well done. Dialogue is well placed through the center channel with voices being so ever clear.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Deleted Scene with Intro by Dana Gaier
  • Minion Moments  [HD]
  • Character Profiles  [HD]
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3  [HD]
  • Developing Dru  [HD]
  • The AVL Files  [HD]
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide  [HD]
  • Despicable Me TV  [HD]
  • “Doowit” Sing-Along  [HD]
  • “Yellow Light” Music Video  [HD]
  • Minion Mug Shots  [HD]
  • Wanted Posters  [HD]
  • Mini-Movie: The Secret Life of Kyle [HD]

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

It appears that this set up a “Despicable Me 4” which I can’t wait to see the direction this team will take. I know that this movie didn’t get the love it deserves due to some changes to the formula, but it was still entertaining and you know that Illumination will take the feedback from reviews to really step it up in their next outing. I love this franchise and really enjoyed this movie, if you are a fan you need to not pass up on this fun filled animation.
Overall Rating: 8/10