The Oceans Trilogy
, a brand new four-disc set, brings together Oceans Eleven
, Oceans Twelve
and Oceans Thirteen
in one box, delivering some of the finest old-style caper entertainment seen on the big screen in years.
Oceans Eleven is the best of the trilogy, and also superior to the original Rat Pack film that its a remake of. Here, were introduced for the first time to Daniel Ocean (George Clooney, who effortlessly charms his way through all three films with real style) and his group of fellow cons (including Brad Pitt and Matt Damon) as they try and pull off a daring casino heist. Its a thrilling, immaculately packaged slice of Hollywood entertainment, and easily stands up to repeated viewings.
The first sequel, Oceans Twelve, is a mess though. The first half sets things up nicely, introducing further themes of competition and revenge, but it then pulls a blistering stupid plot device around half way through and never recovers. Theres still plenty to enjoy, but its a real missed opportunity.
Oceans Thirteen finds the gang in much finer form though, and the addition of Al Pacino to the roster as the new villain of the piece does it no harm whatsoever. The focus is back onto a single job, and while its light on twists, its still a breezy caper thats hard not to warm to.
Packed with big name stars, and directed on the whole with real skill by Steven Soderbergh, the Oceans Trilogy is--the middle film excepted--testament to just how much fun watching movie stars doing their thing can be. A boxset well worth investing in. --Simon Brew
Audio (Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve):Dolby Digital: English 5.1, Castilian Spanish 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1, Italian 5.1, Latin Spanish 2.0. (Ocean's Thirteen): Dolby Digital: English 5.1, French 5.1, Latin Spanish 5.1.
Sub-titles (Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve): English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese ansd Swedish. (Ocean's Thirteen): English, Complex Chinese, French, Korean, Latin Spanish and Portuguese
Ocean's 11 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2001): Three casinos. Eleven guys. $150 million. No problem. Danny Ocean likes his chances. All he asks is that his handpicked squad of 10 grifters and cons play the game like they have nothing to lose. If all goes right, the payoff will be a fat $150 million. Divided by 11. You do the maths. Ocean's Eleven brings the filmmaking talent of Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh and enough starpower to light up the Las Vegas strip to this classy caper.
Ocean's 12 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2005): It's been three years since Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew - fronted by detail man Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), up-and-coming pickpocket Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), explosives expert Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle) and safecracker Frank Catton (Mac) - pulled off one of the most audacious and lucrative heists in history, robbing ruthless entrepreneur Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) of every dime stored in his impenetrable Las Vegas vault. After splitting the $160 million take, each of the infamous Ocean's crew have tried to go straight, lay low and live a legit life... but that's proven to be a challenge, much to the chagrin of Danny's wife Tess (Julia Roberts).
When someone breaks Rule Number One and rats them out to Benedict, going straight is no longer an o