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Minions 3D (2015/Universal Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray + DVD)

Picture: B+/B+/B Sound: B+/B+/B Extras: C+ Film: B-

After two successful appearances in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, the Minions got their own film; the aptly named Minions (2015).

The film is fun and humorous as we are treated to a feature length display into the lives of the yellow faced, goggle toting creatures as they search for the world’s most evil criminal mastermind. The film kicks off with The Turtles classic 'Happy Together,' as we are then whisked off to experience the evolution of 'The Minion.' Minions started as single celled creatures that eventually evolved (based on their DNA) to serve the most reprehensible of villains; the film taking us through the evolution of caveman to eventually serving Napoleon. After some mishaps we find the Minions huddled down and bundled up in a cave in Antarctica without much purpose in their lives.

Eventually we see the boys pack their bags as they head to Orlando, Florida for a Super Villain Convention in hopes of finding their next master. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob are the three Minions that take center stage as rebels of the group (or at least three stand outs) as they have the most concentrated jokes. There is a moment where on their travels to Orlando they meet up with a Bank robbing family headed by Michael Keaton and Allison Janney that plays fun for a bit, before the story quickly moves along. The crew ends up serving the evil Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and her inventor husband (voiced by Jon Hamm), who order the yellow creatures to steal the Queen's crown.

Ultimately the film feels like a string of short, slapstick bits rather than one coherent structure. This being a prequel, the audience already possesses the insight (from Despicable Me 1 & 2) that The Minions inevitably end up with Gru; and what could have been an enjoyable jaunt through Minion history felt scattered and forced. That is to say that a more focused film (even early in minion history) that isolated the characters, rather than throwing the same slapstick bits in the viewers' faces, would have been much more worthwhile.

This reviewer may be too picky as I did not think Minions balanced the adult-centric humor and childlike humor enough, making the film quite one sided and in turn not as enjoyable as it could have been. Concurrently I feel there can be too much of a 'good thing;' that is to say that characters like the Minions or Kramer from Seinfeld do not need their own show or feature film as they are better served in small doses. The brief and sporadic appearances of the Minions in the two previous films are what made them household favorites; whereas a 85-minute film was just too much.

Whereas the film was mediocre, the 3D Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray presentations were very nicely done. The 3D does lean more towards the 'in your face,' 'pop-out' effects which can be (like much of the film) too much at times, but remained fun and visually pleasing. The picture is presented in a 1080p, 1.85 X 1 AVC MPEG-4 that is crisp, clean and clear throughout with vividly bright colors. The textures and details are amazingly well done as you can seemingly see every hair and fiber. Light and Dark are well balanced, with no contrast issues to note.

The 3D is fun as already mentioned; demonstrating moments of brilliance, but in the end is a mixed bag of awesome, distracting, and other times oddly flat. The sound is available in lossless Dolby Atmos tracks as well as a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD mix. The Dolby Atmos (sadly) is not quite as nice as certain recent DTS tracks or even the stunningly better Dolby True HD on this set in mixdown (we'll have to hear the 11.1 later) mixed down oddly in different ways on a few systems we tried it on. The surrounds are used, but can be at times absent coming heavily from the front as well as failing to have adequate panning effects. The entire Atmos experience fails to immerse the viewer in those mixdowns for whatever reason. The TrueHD on the other hand makes full use of the surrounds, contains solid directionality, and the musical scores truly bring film to life.

The extras are minimal, but fun as they include:

  • Jingle Bells Minion Style

  • Trailer

    • Secret Life of Pets

  • Deleted Scene

  • Mini Movies

    • Three (3) Mini Minion movies

  • Behind the Goggles

  • Around the World

The film was not BAD, it just wasn't great as it seemed to (nearly) completely cater to the younger audience with a slapstick script, rather than deliver a solid film with slapstick elements. It should be noted it was one of the highest grossing films of the year and children remain obsessed with the banana like creatures.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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