UNIVERSAL BLU RAY RELEASE: Minions the Rise of Gru (2022)

The sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions and the fifth movie in the Despicable Me franchise, this is actually the first I’ve seen. And you know, I liked it! Directed by Kyle Balda and written by Matthew Folgel, this episode takes place in 1976 as the young Gru (Steve Carrell) tries to join his dream supervillain team, Vicious 6, which is made up of Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), Jean-Clawed (yes, JCVD!), Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren), Stronghold (Danny Trejo), Nun-chuck (Lucy Lawless) and Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin). Plus, you get Julie Andrews as Gru’s mother, the RZA as a biker, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow and Russell Brand as the record store owning Dr. Nefario.

Oh yeah — Pierre Coffin plays Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto and the rest of the Minions. But I was amazed at what this movie does: it gives fathers of a certain age a cast from movies that they grew up loving and gives them a movie that they can enjoy with their kids. How cool is that?

Yeah I know — this site is usually me salivating over giallo. But even I can appreciate a fun kid movie.

This blu ray comes with two mini-movies — Post Modern Minions and Minions and Monsters — as well as an extended scene, outtakes, character profiles, interviews about the inspiration for the movie, a how to draw section and on-disk games where kids can create their own Minion lair and outfits.

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