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(50th Anniversary)

Perhaps not the most logical or convincing Hollywood heist movie ever made, OCEAN'S 11 ($25) is a breezy good time from start to its near finish, and a film that features The Rat Pack at the height of their coolness. The premise of OCEAN'S 11 follows on an elaborate, simultaneous heist of five different Las Vegas casinos: Sahara, Riviera, Desert Inn, Sands and The Flamingo as envisioned by high strung criminal mastermind Spyros Acebos (Akim Tamiroff). To carry out the crime, Acebos has recruited Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford), who reassemble their WWII buddies from the 82nd Airborne, because they have the skill set to make Acebos’ plan work.

Other key members of the eleven include Sam Harmon (Dean Martin), who will be undercover singing in one of the casinos, Josh Howard (Sammy Davis, Jr.), who will be driving the getaway car- namely, a garbage truck, and then there is Tony Bergdorf (Richard Conte), the master electrician who will give the eleven access to the rooms containing the money. Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell and Clem Harvey comprise the remaining members of the eleven. The cast of OCEAN'S 11 also features Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo, Robert Foulk, Red Skelton, George Raft and an uncredited Shirley Maclaine.

Warner Home Video has made OCEAN'S 11 available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation of OCEAN'S 11 is indeed a true beauty that highlights William H. Daniels cinematography. Image sharpness and fine detail aren’t at the level of newer films, but they are quite excellent for a motion picture that is now fifty years old. There is some softness here and there, but overall, OCEAN'S 11 appears quite snappy. Colors are bright and fully saturated, indicating of how an original IB Technicolor print might have looked. Blacks are inky and whites are crisp. Contrast is quite good; shadow detail is fine for a film of this particular vintage. The film elements from which OCEAN'S 11 has been transferred are very clean. Noticeable film grain is present and maintains the organic quality of the presentation.

OCEAN'S 11 is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. There are age and recording technology limitations in regards to this soundtrack, but overall, it comes across quite well. The lossless encode makes the most of what is there and provides a bit of a boost to Nelson Riddle’s music and arrangements. Most signs of background hiss and noise have been cleaned up in the mastering process, which provides for pleasant sounding playback. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is easy to understand. French and Spanish language tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as, the extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson. Additional extras include the following: Tonight Show With Johnny Carson With Guest Host Frank Sinatra (clip featuring Sinatra and Dickinson), Tropicana Museum Vignette and an Interactive Las Vegas Then And Now Map.

OCEAN'S 11 offers a breezy good time for swinging Rat Packers and the Blu-ray presentation is very cool. Definitely recommended to fans.


Ocean's 11 (50th Anniversary) [Blu-ray] (1960)


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