Ocean's Twelve DVD Review
PicturePicture-wise things end up being pretty run-of-the-mill. On the one hand Soderburgh has delivered a, mostly, sharp and detailed image with close ups revealing skin pores in all their tanned and moisturised beauty. On the other, things can take on an oversaturated look, with red sometimes being a little too prominent especially in bright outdoor scenes. I did find myself wondering why things looked so different whenever Ms. Zeta-Jones appeared in shot - and then I realised that as my pulse quickened my eyesight seemed to be affected. Love does that... even to DVD reviewers!
Sorry, got a bit distracted there... back to the image - perfectly adequate, and certainly clean, with absolutely zero print damage as would be expected of such a modern release. Video noise, however, is sometimes apparent especially in darker scenes. Overall, Ocean's Twelve is likely to look quite stunning on smaller TVs. Blown up to projector screen sizes and a few deficiencies will likely be more apparent.
SoundRarely have I experienced such a front soundstage oriented movie track - the only time I was aware of any rear speaker action was during the frequent little musical interludes. Unfortunately I would describe these moments as rear speaker noise as opposed to sound - not really my cup of tea! Other than that, Twelve is, for the most part, a dialogue driven movie, and as such comes across as eminently... average, with few, if any, stand out moments to speak of. These guys and gals do have great diction though! There's also a French Dolby Digital dubbed track here, which seems odd, but may be welcomed by those learning the sensuous language. The English track is an average sounding 448Kbps Dolby Digital affair.
ExtrasSorry, but having a menu title solely for Special Features merely for the inclusion of trailer, even one as good as this, is surely a bit of a waste. There are also a few trailers at the beginning of the disc.
VerdictThe movie just about carries the day here. All the actors know exactly what they're doing and Steven Soderburgh's direction is, as usual, clinical in its expertise. I enjoyed Ocean's Twelve and recommend it as a rental.
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