Ocean's Twelve Blu-ray Review
PictureOcean's Twelve comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p High Definition rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1. In terms of relatively recent productions released on this next generation format, the visuals are occasionally disappointing, although I suspect that the Director intended it to probably look like this. Detail is generally good, but the video is not without softness, edge enhancement and significant grain, giving the movie a gritty edge which can sometimes feel a little distracting. The movie is also often privy to a low-level lighting feel, that is also an usual style to adopt, especially considering how bright some of these sequences really should have been. The colour scheme is pretty good, rich, vibrant and packed with deep blues and reds, as well as solid blacks. Overall, it is certainly not the sort of video presentation that you are likely to want to use to show off the visual capabilities of your home entertainment system, but it is probably a decent enough rendition of the material on offer, considering the 'European' style which Soderbergh was clearly going for.
SoundTo accompany the movie we get just a basic Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is a tiny bit disappointing when you consider that this is a next generation High Definition Blu-ray release. It seems to do all the right things, just not to any noteworthy level. Dialogue comes clear and coherent from across the frontal array, effects range from the one explosion to mostly ambient, atmospheric detail, always coming across as authentic and offering up a little bit of dynamic spatiality to the array. The score is suitably “Ocean's”, pulling it all together with a distinct Euro-feel (particularly during the excellent Capoera robbery dance) and also giving the surrounds something to do, but with very little noticeable bass and nothing particularly standout, the overall impression is one of ambivalence.
VerdictOcean's Twelve may not be the best of the three movies (I cannot fully judge on the third), but it is still worth watching if you liked the first and like the collaborative concept. Ensemble casts don't get much bigger or better than this, and it is often pretty fun just to watch this bunch of affable Hollywood stars have a laugh together. On Blu-ray the release is far from exceptional, Soderbergh's picture design limiting the visuals and the standard audio track limiting the aural punch. There's a whole world of extra footage and a nice Audio Commentary to round out the disc, but overall this has to be just a recommended rental - buy it, but only to complete the trilogy.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.97
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