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Despicable Me Combo Pack

This Holiday Season, Bring Home The $250 Million Comedy Blockbuster!

DESPICABLE ME

 

 For a Limited Time Only, Get Three New Mini-Movies Starring The Minions!

Available on the Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Packs for the Ultimate Experience  

and on the DVD Double Pack

Available December 14, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal City, California, September 22, 2010 – The perfect gift for the holidays arrives in the hilarious and heartfelt animated box office sensation, Despicable Me, available December 14, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  For a limited time only the fun continues with a trio of all-new, hilarious adventures starring the film’s endearingly mischievous  Minions, available only on the Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs and the DVD Double Pack.  All three products include a digital copy of the movie to watch anytime, anywhere.  A single disc DVD will also be available.

“‘Despicable Me is one of those rare titles that moviegoers of all ages have enthusiastically embraced,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It’s not only one of the highest-grossing movies of the year but also one of the most popular animated films of all time. Perfectly timed for the holidays, Despicable Me will be high on everybody’s wish list as the must-have Blu-ray/DVD of the season.”

The latest film from producer Chris Meledandri (executive producer of Ice Age and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) Despicable Me’s all-star cast of unforgettably funny heroes and villains includes Steve Carell (Date Night, Get Smart, Horton Hears a Who!, TV’s

The Office), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man), Miranda Cosgrove (Nickelodeon’s No. 1 live-action show iCarly), legendary Academy Award® winner Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries series), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kristen Wiig (Date Night, Saturday Night Live), Will Arnett (Monsters vs. Aliens, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ratatouille), Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express), Jack McBrayer (TV’s “30 Rock”, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”, Dinner For Schmucks).  The hilarious tale of a wannabe super-villain whose life is unexpectedly changed by a trio of determined little orphans packed theaters and delighted families nationwide this summer.  

The ultimate entertainment for the entire family, Despicable Me is packed with never-before-seen bonus features including games, behind-the-scenes featurettes and filmmaker commentaries that will keep the entire family enchanted for hours.  

CRITICS FIND DESPICABLE  DELIGHTFUL

Despicable Me charmed critics across America with Minion madness! Claudia Puig of USA Today described Despicable Me as “Whip-smart. A fun-filled adventure with a whimsical story and terrific voice casting.  Steve Carell as the voice of Gru is hilarious”. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as “An all-around winner.  Funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters.” In Touch Weekly’s Matt Sullivan raved, “A blast for all ages. Hilarious!” and Pete Hammond of Boxoffice Magazine wrote, “Rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative…blessed with the vocal talents of Steve Carell and loaded with whimsy and smarts.”  Lisa Schwartzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote, “The movie works not because of the parts – the voice work, the drawing style, the pleasing, matter-of-fact use of 3D – but because the whole is as much a unified vision as anything the Great and Mighty Pixar produces.”

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD Double Pack:

·      THREE ALL NEW, MINI-MOVIES Starring THE MINIONS — The fun continues with three all-new mini-movies, created exclusively for the Blu-ray Combo Packs and DVD Double Pack!  Available for a limited time only!  Get more laughs and more minion mayhem with “Home Makeover”, “Orientation Day” and “Banana” – you’ll want to watch them again and again!

·      THE VOICES OF DESPICABLE MEGo behind-the-scenes with Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews as they give life to their animated characters. Includes character profiles for each of the cast members!  

·      SUPER SILLY FUN LAND—Join Agnes, Margo and Edith at the Super Silly Fun Land Theme Park and play Feed the Creatures and Freeze the Floating Minions to win super cool prizes.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAY COMBO PACK:

·     GRU-CONTROL  – Through a picture-in-picture window, see the making of the film with behind-the-scenes footage and cast/filmmaker interviews

·     MISS HATTIE’S TOP SECRET COOKIE RECIPES—Margo is proud to present the recipes for those wonderful cookies that the loveable orphans under Miss Hattie’s care enjoy so much!

·     BD-LIVE™—Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.

o   MY SCENES—Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.

·     pocket BLU™ app— For the first time available on iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go that’s bigger and better than ever before.  USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone™, iPod® touch, iPad™, Blackberry®, Nokia® Smartphone, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™  player and offers advanced features such as:

o   MINION ME—Exclusively for iPhone® and iPad® — Personalize photos of friends and family by turning them into Minions. Pictures can be customized with glasses, bowties, hats and hairstyles to make it really hilarious! Send it to your friends with a Minion laugh.

o   MINION DOMINION APP—Exclusively for iPhone® and iPad®   Control a Minion by turning, tilting, rotating and shaking your phone. Tap the screen to make him speak, tap it again to hear him laugh. Or do battle with the two-player “minion mash up.” Download to your iPhone and see who can inflict the most damage on the other’s minion.

o  Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.

o  Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.

o  Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to mobile devices or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

o  Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard to facilitate such Blu-ray™ features as chatting with friends and sending messages.

BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON DVD AND ALL VERSIONS:            

·     The World of Despicable Me

·     Despicable Beats—Director Chris Renaud talks about the cool factor of renowned music producer Pharrell Williams.

·     Gru’s Rocket Builder—In an all-new game, Vector has stolen some of the most famous landmarks from around the world and replaced them with the pieces to Gru’s rocket. Players must return all the stolen landmarks to the correct countries in order to build their own rockets before Vector hacks into the system and steals the rocket plans. The reward for completing the rocket is a launch to the moon!

·     A Global Effort—Learn all about the global effort behind Despicable Me. A director from France and another from the USA, plus an American and English cast created a movie in France, with artists from all over the world for a truly international movie!

·     Commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, featuring the Minions!

Visit http://www.despicableme.com/ for the latest updates.

SYNOPSIS

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn.  Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout.  Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow Minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Yes, the moon!
 
Gru delights in all things wicked.  Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way.  Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.
 
One of the world’s greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
 
CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Directed By: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin            
Screenplay By: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Sergio Pablos (Story)
Produced By: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, John Cohen
Executive Producer: Nina Rowan, Sergio Pablos
Production Designer: Yarrow Cheney
Editors: Pam Ziegenhagan-Stephan, Gregory Perler
Original Music: Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira
Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, Jack McBrayer

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

Street Date: December 14, 2010
Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 61112489
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Layers: BD-50 + Dual Layer
Discs: 3
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS, French DTS Surround 5.1,  Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
 
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Street Date: December 14, 2010
Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 61117231
Discs: 4
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS, French DTS Surround 5.1,  Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
 
DVD Double Pack (DVD + DVD including Digital Copy)                        
Street Date: December 14, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios
Selection Numbers: 61117203 and 61117204
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Discs: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action
Technical Info: English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1   English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

DVD
Street Date: December 14, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 61108837
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Discs: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 20 DVS, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1,  English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

Avatar Movie Review

Recently we were offered to review the James Cameron movie Avatar.  I have never been into any “Sci-Fi” stuff other than Star Wars, but this movie was excellent.  Our little one was very interested in the title, and said that she enjoyed the movie a lot.  This is a movie we will watch again, and again.  The technology used in the movie shows how the evolution of the movie making business has changed.  The movie was creative, and very imaginative.  The storyline was slightly foreseeable.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES AVATAR BLU-RAY DISC AND DVD GLOBAL RELEASE DATES

Much-Anticipated Blu-ray and DVD Launch of James Cameron’s History-Making Epic Begins April 22 – Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

LOS ANGELES, CA. – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that it will launch director James Cameron’s history-making motion picture AVATARon Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Thursday, April 22.

AVATARon Blu-ray presents the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences. Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron’s AVATARin the comfort of their own home. Blu-ray is recognized for presenting optimal picture and sound, and now AVATAR’s masterful cinematography, art direction and visual effects will lend itself to awe-inspiring clarity when you become absorbed in the extraordinary all-encompassing experience in the living room.

Since its global theatrical release last December, AVATAR has continued to make motion picture history. Written by James Cameron and produced with his long-time collaborator Jon Landau, AVATARstars Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso.

Oscar and Golden Globe® winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.6 billion in worldwide box office.  Director James Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization.  AVATARdelivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.

AVATARwill be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD everywhere in the United States and Canada on Earth Day, April 22. Please see below for additional release dates around the world:

FRANCE – April 21                                                             BELGIUM – April 21

NETHERLANDS – April 21                                                SPAIN – April 21

CHINA – April 22                                                            BRAZIL – April 22

RUSSIA – April 22                                                            NORTH AMERICA – April 22

GERMANY – April 23                                                JAPAN – April 23

SWITZERLAND – April 23                                                 MEXICO – April 23

UK – April 26                                                             DENMARK – April 27

NORWAY – April 28                                                            SWEDEN – April 28

NEW ZEALAND – April 28                                                AUSTRALIA – April 29

FINLAND – April 30                                                            ITALY – May 6

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

We were sent a copy of the movie as to review the product.  Receiving the movie had no influence on our review.

G-Force DVD & BluRay Review

My little one loves movies about animals.  When she saw this movie she absolutelly loved it.  She has a guinea pig, and found the movie very funny.  This is a must have for children, and also adults.

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 A Must-Own Blu-ray Combo Pack out on December 15!

 This Coming Holiday Season, Families Can Look Forward To Watching Their Favorite Pack of Guinea Pigs Anytime, Anywhere & On the Format Of Their Choice

Burbank, Calif., September 25, 2009 – Charging home on December 15th comes Walt Disney Pictures’ actionpacked comedy-adventure G-Force. Packaged as an exciting Disney “Combo Pack” (a Blu-ray™ + DVD + DisneyFile Digital Copy of the movie in a single package), families can finally look forward to enjoying this thrilling story about a covert group of feisty furball Guinea Pigs anytime, anywhere and on a compatible format of their choice –Blu-ray player, car, PC and/or portable device.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean), G-Force takes audiences on a deliriously entertaining thrill ride with a whole new breed of hero, featuring a stellar cast including Nicolas Cage (National Treasure), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Jon Favreau (I Love You, Man), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), and Steve Buscemi (Charlotte’s Web), with live performances by Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Will Arnett (Ratatouille) and Zak Galifianakis (The Hangover). Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr. (1989 winner for Best Effects; Visual Effects, The Abyss) makes his directing debut.

Destined to be the family comedy hit of the season, and released just in time for the holidays, G-Force includes a fascinating line-up of behind-the-scenes features, hilarious deleted movie scenes and a collection of music videos featuring songs from the film. And exclusively for Blu-ray owners, there are three CGI effect bonus features that will satisfy their quest to join the rodent spy world.

Deluxe DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def Bonus Features:

Audio Commentary—with director Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr.

Blasters Boot Camp—Blaster (Tracy Morgan) gives viewers a high-energy, high-tech orientation into the elite world of the G-Force.

G-Force Mastermind—Hollywood legend Jerry Bruckheimer and CG effects whiz Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr. reveal the inspiration for this exciting adventure.

G-Farce: Bloopers—A collection of light-hearted flubs from the set that prove to err is not only human!

Deleted Scenes

Three Music Videos:

o “Jump” by Flo Rida featuring Nelly Furtado

o “Ready To Rock” by Steve Rushton

o “Go G-Force”

Exclusive Blu-ray Hi-Def Bonus Features:

Cine-Explore with Darwin, Blaster and their Creator—Darwin, Blaster and director Hoyt H. Yeatman reveal the secrets behind G-Force covert operations and the groundbreaking computer graphic work that brought this elite team of Guinea pigs to life.

Bruckheimer Animated—A retrospective of groundbreaking computer graphic effects in the work of Jerry Bruckheimer, plus an inside peek into the top-secret creation of G-Force’s state-of-the-art visual magic.

Access Granted: Inside the Animation Lab—Director and computer graphic master Yeatman Jr., takes viewers on an exclusive tour of the high-security facility and shows how the G-Force was animated from initial sketches to completed performances.

A top-secret, highly trained trio of guinea pig super spies is assigned to stop a dastardly plot to take over the world in G-Force, a gorgeously rendered CGI adventure from famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Squad leader Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell) will do what it takes to guarantee the success of his team, which also includes Blaster (Tracy Morgan), an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude, and Juarez (Penelope Cruz), gorgeous martial arts pro. With the help of Speckles (Nicolas Cage), a star-nosed mole, and myriad other members of the animal kingdom, the G-Force tries to derail evil appliance mogul Leonard Saber’s power grab. It helps when your fly-on-the wall reconnaissance expert is, well, a fly on the wall!

G-Force has a suggested retail price of $44.99 (US) and $51.99 (Canada) for the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, $39.99 (US) and $44.99 (Canada) for the 2-Disc DVD with a DisneyFile Digital Copy of the movie, and $29.99 (US) and $35.99 (Canada) for the 1-Disc DVD.

BLU-RAY HI-DEF

STREET DATE: December 15, 2009

Direct prebook: October 6, 2009

Distributor prebook: October 20, 2009

Pricing: Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: $44.99 (US); $51.99(Canada)

Feature run time: 88 minutes

Rated: ‘PG’ (US); ‘PG’ (Canada)

Bonus Materials Not Rated

Technical specifications may only apply to feature.

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Sound: English 5.1 DTS-HD 48 KHz/24-bit; French and Spanish

5.1 Dolby Digital

Languages: English, Spanish, French

DVD

STREET DATE: December 15, 209

Direct prebook: October 6, 2009

Distributor prebook: October 20, 2009

Pricing: 2-Disc DVD: $39.99 (US); $44.99 (Canada)

1-Disc DVD: $29.99 (US); $35.99 (Canada)

Feature run time: 88 minutes

Rated: ‘PG’ (US); ‘PG’ (Canada)

Bonus Materials Not Rated

Technical specifications may only apply to feature.

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound

Languages: English, Spanish, French

About Disney’s Combo Pack:

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney movies, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc™ plus a DVD and a DisneyFile Digital Copy of the film in a single package. Current Disney branded titles available as Combo Packs include High School Musical 3, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bolt, Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana The Movie.