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Ocean's Eleven [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Remake of the 1960 Rat Pack heist classic, starring George Clooney as Danny Ocean, an ex-convict with a smart new plan to rob the casinos of Las Vegas. Gathering together a crack team - including his old friend Rusty (Brad Pitt) - Danny and the boys begin the meticulous preparations necessary to carry out the complex job, with pickpocket Linus (Matt Damon), con-artist Saul (Carl Reiner) and explosives expert Basher (Don Cheadle) all playing their part. Meanwhile, Danny continues to pursue his ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts), who is currently dating the casino boss Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Directed by Steven Soderbergh ('Traffic', 'Erin Brockovich', 'Out of Sight').
Ocean's Eleven improves on the 1960's Rat Pack original with supernova casting, a slickly updated plot and Steven Soderbergh's graceful touch behind the camera. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity "to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end", and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originally played by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino's ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn't scrimp on the caper's comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors and thieves. The result is a film that's as smooth as a silk suit and just as stylish. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD: Ocean's Eleven on disc is hardly swarming with special features, but just like all good heists it's quality not quantity that counts. The cast commentary is lively and it's nice to hear intelligent comments coming from Hollywood's big league for a change. However, it's the director and writer's commentary that is the real gem; it's funny, enlightening and most of all it allows Ted Griffin to put the case forward for all screenwriters across the world as to the importance of their craft. The main feature has an impressive transfer of sound and visuals, making the suits sharper and David Holmes' soundtrack even funkier. --Nikki DisneySee all Product Description
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The class and richness of Las Vegas is all captured in the bright casino halls and the costume design all adding to the overall enjoyment.
The cast and director commentary featured on the DVD edition gives the viewer a chance to go beyond merely what they see on the screen. They allow an insight into not only the making of the film but the rapport that is clearly present between the cast and crew. There is something quite surreal abour listening to Brad Pitt and Matt Damon reminice about their time on set!
'Ocean's Eleven' is a film well worth viewing more than once, if only to pick up on small, yet often vital, details missed the first time around.
The plot is simplicity itself – Danny Ocean (Clooney) forms a team of experts in their field to rob one of Vegas’s biggest casinos which holds the proceeds of three. It is this process that proves to be the most fun, as each of the eleven is introduced though a series of well thought out scenes (the best being Rusty’s (Pitt at his most effortlessly cool) attempt to lure Con artist Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner) out of retirement thanks to some crisp dialogue (“I saw you before you got out of bed this morning”). Perhaps because these are so good, it was inevitable that the heist itself would not have the same fizz, and because it is executed so neatly the tension fails to really build where it should – so it cannot be said to be in the same league as classic robbery films (see in particular Rififi, where the scenes of the robbery drip with tension). That quibble aside the film is tremendously good fun, with Soderburgh drawing excellent performances from his stellar cast and adding a professional sheen that was missing entirely from the original.
This is a great Hollywood film, we are offered nothing more here than an entertaining heist movie.Read more ›
The first thing I thought of before writing this review was a script. I thought: "Goodness, surely I wouldn't be able to write like that!" The script-writer seems to know everything about robbing casinos! In general, the idea isn't completely new, but the strongest part of the script is all the details. The idea of a team of 11 people is superb.
The movie is also brilliantly directed - every little detail is thought over. Steven Soderbergh, the wonderful Oscar-winning director, doesn't disappoint his audience. I was sooooo impressed by the scene of entire Danny's (George Clooney) crew walking one by one after him as soon as he says: "...Otherwise come with me!"
Robbing casinos - is it a crime? Oh yeah, don't you doubt it, it's a crime all right. Tell me then, why on earth does the audience love all these criminals and sympathize them? It's not a totally new idea, but again - how well thought! Who will NOT like the unbeliavably charismatic, smart and elegant men who just want to get some money... well, not some, but a very handsome sum of money out of a ruthless casino magnat Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia)? He's most definitely more a criminal than them, and his another sin is that Danny's ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts) preferred him to Danny. Well, talking about a woman being behind every crime! Cherchez la femme!
One more brilliant thing about the movie is, no doubt, its cast. It couldn't be better. Stunningly talented actors add their glamour to all the luxury of Las Vegas. What else could the audience dream of?Read more ›
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This film has so many plot twists it is astounding. Brilliantly written and acted.Published 29 days ago by Ben
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