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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part III

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"Ocean's Thirteen"  (Blu-ray/HD DVD Hybrid)

Ocean's ThirteenSynopsis

Danny Ocean again runs the game, so no rough stuff. No one gets hurt. Except for double-crossing Vegas kingpin Willy Bank. Ocean's crew will hit him where it hurts: in his wallet. On opening night of Bank's posh new casino tower The Bank, every turn of a card and roll of the dice will come up a winner for bettors. And they'll hit him in his pride, making sure the tower doesn't receive a coveted Five Diamond Award. That's just the start of the flimflams. The boys are out to break The Bank. Place your bets!

Specifications

    • Warner Bros.
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 hr 2 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French/Spanish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Steven Soderbergh
    • Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I was a bit worried about how well this formula would hold up a third time around. Heck, I was worried the second time around. Luckily, they pretty much nailed it again and provide just as much of a good time. The casting just gets better and better, and the capers are just as much fun. If you liked the first two, this one is a worthy addition.

Technical

I know there have been a lot of complaints with this installment, but personally I didn't think it was too bad. I saw it in theaters and knew ahead of time that the filmmakers wanted a specific kind of look. Colors are blown out quite a bit here, which does two things. One, it hurts detail. Two, it creates a lot of noise in the oversaturated areas. Blocking is evident, which is a distraction. Flesh tones are all over the place, with some characters bordering on orange and yellow. There is a nice quality to the depth of the image, and detail can be stunning on occasion. Consistency is an issue though, regardless of whether it was intentional or not. I wouldn't rate this one as eye candy, but it's faithful to what the filmmakers wanted.

I was pretty disappointed that Warner didn't include a lossless mix on this release. They've been pretty good about giving the higher profile day-and-date titles a TrueHD soundtrack, but this one comes out in vanilla style. That isn't to say it is a complete waste, far from it, but it would be nice to see some consistency in the quality of presentation from some of the studios. This is a fun mix though. I love the style of music in the score, and it lends to the theme of the film nicely. Dialogue is balanced well, and imaging is solid. There's some nice extension during some of the key moments of the film that will give the chairs a nice shake, but don't expect a ton of dynamics.

Extras

Extras a feature commentary, deleted scenes, production features, casino and Vegas themed features and trailers.