Ocean's Eleven Blu-ray Review
PictureThe first in the Ocean's Trilogy comes to Blu-ray presented with a superior 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1 widescreen. Detail is solid throughout, without the need for obvious edge enhancement. Everything from Danny Ocean's sharp suits to the sparkling, glamorous casino settings, looks superb, with very little noticeable grain, no softness and only some minor digital artefacting to speak of. The colour scheme is quite broad and vivid, the glitzy Las Vegas backdrop allowing for some flashy, stylish scenery. Red carpets, polished wood, golden rims, and bright lights, this video presentation brings out the best from this super-cool affair. Even the darker scenes exhibit good contrast, the shadowing decent, black levels solid, all rounding out a superb show that is not a bad example to show off your home cinema equipment with.
SoundOn the aural side, we have a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track to accompany the movie. Unfortunately it is inherently limited, which is a shame considering that the material has quite a lot of potential - mostly in terms of great scoring. The dialogue still comes across clear and coherent throughout, predominantly emanating from the fronts and centre channels, with the razor-sharp wit firing at a blink-at-you'll-miss-it rate. The effects are mostly atmospheric, but this is not a disadvantage, as the casino-set sequences are simply buzzing with the background ambience of ringing slot machines and the like. The punchy, snappy score adds to the style and the fun of the proceedings, offering arguably the best aspect of the limited track. The surrounds are not quite brought to life, your living room never really becoming the centre of the action, but it does not detract from your enjoyment of the movie, it just seldom enhances it.
VerdictOcean's Eleven is the epitome of cool, a film brimming with style but with just enough substance to prevent it being vacuous. With a witty, snappy script, a great cast and Clooney and Pitt thoroughly enjoying themselves at the centre of it all, it is a whole world of fun. On Blu-ray, the video presentation is pretty spot-on, the audio slightly letting the side down by being merely adequate. Some nice extras round off the disc and overall it comes recommended. If you haven't seen the original then you're not missing that much, and should definitely check out this classy remake.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £18.59
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