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Ocean's Eleven - 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
(Lewis Milestone, 1960)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,231,241,155 bytes
Feature Size: 20,751,618,048 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 9th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: VC-1 Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1109 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1109 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
English SDH, French, German, Castellano, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, none
•Commentary with Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson
• Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with Frank Sinatra (Guest Host) (3:46)
• Tropicana Museum (1:40)
• Interactive Las Vegas 'Then and Now Map' Sahara (1:26), Riviera (3:46), The Desert Inn (3:13), The Sands (4:50), and The Flamingo (3:56)
• 2 Trailers
Description: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Roulette wheels spin, cards snap, slots chime, champagne fizzes, shows go on…and the lights go out. It’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or a $25 chip. But for Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and 10 partners in crime, it’s the ideal moment to steal millions. Sinatra and off-screen pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and more play army buddies who scheme to knock out power to the Vegas strip, electronically rig five big casino vaults and raid them all at the same instant. Packed with location-lensed glamour, sweaty suspense, swinging comedy and a stunning twist ending now in gorgeous hi-def, Ocean's 11 is your entertainment best bet.
One of the first in a series of heist movies in the sixties, Ocean's
Eleven (1960) perfectly captures the neon buzz and nighttime glamour
of the world's most popular gambling den. At the same time, audiences
are treated to a glimpse of Sinatra and his favored cronies having fun
with their on-screen personas which are not so far removed from their
off-screen lifestyles. In addition to 'Rat Pack' regulars - Dean Martin,
Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Norman Fell and Henry
Silva - Ocean's Eleven co-stars Akim Tamiroff, Cesar Romero, Richard
Conte, and Angie Dickinson as Ocean's estranged wife. Guest cameos
include George Raft, Red Skelton, and Shirley MacLaine.
The original Ocean's Eleven is brought to Blu-ray by Warner on a single-layered disc using a VC-1 encode. It's 1080P and has some grit and minor grain. It actually looks quite good - better than I anticipated. There are lots of scenes in the casinos and nothing is overly dark or noisy. Colors are impressive - especially reds, greens and blues. Warner has done pretty well bringing their older titles to Blu-ray without any digital fiddling - and this is another fine example. Detail is moderate and there is some softness - but this seems authentic to the original source. I doubt it could look significantly better and the Blu-ray probably represents the best this film will ever look for your home theater indulgence.
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No Surround boost going on here - its a mono track in DTS-HD Master at 1109 kbps. There is no range but a perceived depth and crispness that notes that this is indeed lossless. Original music is by, stalwart, Nelson Riddle and fills the film with more character with occasional orchestral blasts. There are plenty of optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Supplements are, mostly, from the last DVD edition with a commentary from Frank Sinatra Jr. and minor contributions from Angie Dickinson (love that voice!). Junior does some narration and there isn't an abundance of production info. It's reasonably laid back. There is also a 4-minute, very rough looking, segment of when Frank Sinatra hosted the Tonight Show in 79'. Dickinson is a guest and they briefly talk about this film. We get less than 2-minutes on 'The Tropicana Museum' and a reasonably interesting interactive Vegas 'Then and Now' Map focusing on the hotels - specifically The Sahara (1:26), The Riviera (3:46), The Desert Inn (3:13), The Sands (4:50), and The Flamingo (3:56). Lastly there are 2 trailers in HD.
November 2nd, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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