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DVD previews: 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Fast & Furious 6'

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  • The Minions play bigger roles in the new comedy sequel "Despicable Me 2."

      The Minions play bigger roles in the new comedy sequel "Despicable Me 2."

 

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Dec. 10:

"Despicable Me 2" (PG, 98 minutes, Universal): The minions are back. The little yellow torpedoes warmed hearts in 2010's animated hit "Despicable Me" with the bounciness of a beach ball, the elasticity of a rubber band and a vernacular composed mostly of giggles. Once again, they tickle movie fans big and small, and they very nearly run off with this sequel. But the sweet story holds its own. The Russian-accented Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) has traded in a life of crime for a more sedate occupation. Gru, his accomplice Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and the minions spend their days making jam, and Gru passes his evenings taking care of his adopted daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes. His biggest stressors are planning Agnes' birthday party and coming to grips with Margo's interest in boys. But this homey existence is shaken when agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Villain League drops in with a lipstick Taser and a plan to recruit the reformed bad guy. Contains rude humor and mild action. Extras include commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin; and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: three mini-movies starring the Minions and a making-of the mini-movies; deleted scene; a behind-the-scenes visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles; "Evil Minions" behind-the-scenes featurette; "A Gru-Some Transformation" with Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from supervillain to superdad; and "El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho" behind the scenes featurette with the new villain.

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"Fast & Furious 6" (PG-13, 130 minutes, Universal): Michelle Rodriguez's Letty Ortiz, supposedly murdered in the fourth chapter of this never-ending smashy-crashy story, is actually alive and apparently working for a nefarious former SAS officer/terrorism enabler named Shaw. FBI agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) concludes that the only way to stop Shaw is by recruiting the off-the-grid crew led by the love of Letty's life, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Because, you know, everyone else in the FBI is busy, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is way better at tracking intel using high-tech equipment. The "Fast and the Furious" movies will always be about hot cars that get into epic accidents, and action sequences that defy the laws of physics. In real life, of course, car crashes too often prove fatal -- and one claimed the life of series star Paul Walker just last week. Contains violence, sexuality and strong language. Extras include commentary with director Justin Lin; deleted scenes; four-part making-of featurette; and an on-the-set visit with Diesel. Also, on "Blu-ray": extended version; commentary by stars; behind-the-scenes footage; "Planes, Tanks and Automobiles" four-part featurette; a look at the cars in the film and a featurette on the pivoting FLIP car; a detailed close-up of rehearsals, choreography and stunt work.

"Don Jon" (R, 90 minutes, Fox): This disarming film proves Joseph Gordon-Levitt's deftness both behind the camera and in front of a computer screen, writing. The movie starts as a raunch-fest, reveling in crass language and frank discussions about the merits of computer-generated ecstasy over the old-fashioned kind. But somewhere along the way, the comedy morphs into an incisive satire and, finally, an affecting story about the value of intimacy between real people. Contains graphic sexual material, nudity, strong language and drug use. Extras include HitRECord Shorts "My Favorite Things: Request Video," "My Favorite Things Remix: Film Preservation," "Love of Objects" and "Vinegar." Also, on Blu-ray: featurettes.

Also: "Adore," "The Angels' Share," "Battle of the Year," "Touchy Feely," "American Bomber," "Angels Sing," "Berberian Sound Studio," "The Hunt" (Denmark), "The Best of Ancient Aliens: Greatest Mysteries," "The Best of the Universe: Stellar Stories," "Big: 25th Anniversary Edition," "Stella Dallas" (1937), "The Rooftop" (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong), "One Direction: Reaching for the Stars," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947) and "Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project" (three Blu-ray/six-DVD combo, The Criterion Collection).

Television series: "Doc Martin, Series 6," "The Game: The Sixth Season," "Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1," "Futurama: Volume Eight" and "Futurama: Complete Series Gift Set" (27-disc set, with 2014/3014 calendar).

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