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Oceanís Thirteen (HD-DVD/DVD Combo Format)

 

Picture: B/C+†††† Sound: B/C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C-

 

 

When Oceanís Eleven was remade, George Clooney admitted that the cast was not as cool or as great as the original Rat Pack who starred, but that they had the better script.He could not say that about the sequels and although Oceanís Thirteen is not the absolute disaster Oceanís Twelve was, it is still a tired sequel that shows Jerry Weintraub has long lost his touch as a producer and even someone as talented as Steven Soderbergh can get bored with the wrong material.

 

The one-joke approach (i.e., look how funny and slick we are(nít)) that shredded the first sequel is like the paper towel that cannot stand up against a soaked Bounty paper towel, reminding one that Rosie herself Nancy Walker made a better film with The Village Peopleís disco musical Canít Stop The Music than this team did with either sequel.They think theyíve upped the heist here, but instead, just repeated the last sequel with a little less condescending attitude towards the audience.Everyone did this mess for the paycheck and it shows.Even the actors look bored.You will be too!

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is shockingly too red and problematic throughout and it is not from mere stylization, but something odd about the transfer.This extends to the even more problematic anamorphically enhanced, standard side looking much worse.Neither look like any of the film or video footage we have seen of the film before and you should be warned that it can be trying to watch.The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 on the HD side and standard Dolby 5.1 on the DVD side are also underwhelming, sounding monophonic and too much towards the front channels.Soderbergh has this tendency for most of his films, but does it have to sound this flat?

 

Extras include the HD exclusive Masters of the Heist featurette, HD exclusive audio commentary by Soderbergh & co-writers Brian Koppelman & David Levin, additional scenes, Vegas: An Opulent Illusion piece and Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk as the producer tours the casinos where the film takes place.Unfortunately, they are boring as well.The conclusion: this sequel rolls craps!

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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