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Ocean's Thirteen [Blu-ray]
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 23, 2007
Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his gang are back, this time to get revenge against Willie Bank (Pacino). Bank has screwed over Reuben Tishkoff (Gould), and taken his land and money to build a new casino, causing Reuben to have a heart attack. The gang, led by Ocean, Rusty Ryan (Pitt), and Linus Caldwell (Damon), decide to put the new casino deep into the red and steal Bank's diamonds.

"Ocean's 13" is a vast improvement over "12" and on par with "11", if not a little better. The cast know their characters so well by this point and have a great chemistry. You know that they had fun making this movie, and it shows. The action is minimum, but interest is sustained through following their plan as it comes to fruition. There are some twists, but nothing earth-shattering. Mostly, this is a chance to see good actors doing their thing. Fans of this series will not be disappointed, and although director Steven Soderbergh says this is the last one, I can't help but hope that he changes his mind.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2007
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Definitely have to pay attention in the beginning to appreciate the complexity of their scheme/ scam (I have a habit of doing busy things/ watching tv at same time :-) But this one definitely beat out Ocean's 12 by far! Clooney & Pitt still lookin' good too!

RE: other prev comments on Unbox . . . Amazon is obviously still working out a few kinks, but stands by their product w/ outstanding customer service! In the beginning, I had a few probs w/ movies not downloading properly to my Tivo. All anyone has to do is just send them a quick email about what's going on & they'll make it right in no time. You will definitley get what you paid for (and not pay for it twice). I've rented several movies since & now, NEVER have any problems ordering/paying straight from my Tivo.

I think Unbox rocks (and of course, my Tivo!). . . it saves me from the huge hassle of having to go through the motions of turning the computer on, etc., especially since being disabled
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2007
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Movie's good! But DVD sucks big time!!! I've got VHS cassettes in better quality than that DVD. At the beginning, I thought my Sony Home Theatre System(DAV HDX500) & Sony Bravia TV got totally messed up. Turned out, there's nothing wrong with the equipment - thank God! DVD's a problem!
Sound (Only 2.1) & Picture Quality (Very grainy, lack of focus etc.) make that movie "unpleasant" to watch. Even if you have decent TV & HTS. Kind of a bad copy of a very used VHS cassette. Shame on Warner Bros. or those guys who release such poor quality DVDs. I decided to buy/rent a couple more copies and compare the quality. If they're any better, than Amazon.com should reconsider their partnership with the distributor or whoever they are, 'cause it's definitely not the product I've expected!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2007
Format: Blu-ray
All I can say is that I am extremely disappointed in the video quality for a high definition disc. Sure, the picture sharpness is way better then DVD, but there is SO much noise and grain in the video, it is almost unwatchable. A friend got the DVD and even though it is not as crisp, the grain and noise is so much less. I am completely disappointed in this Bluray version. So much in fact that I am trying to exchange for the DVD version it is so bad. It is as if the disc is defective, but from reading other reviews, that is just how bad this version is. Stay away.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the grainiest DVD I have seen in a long time. Do not buy this piece of junk. It looks like they crammed too much on a single layer DVD where they needed a dual layer. Buy the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD version, but don't buy the DVD!!! Very disappointing.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2007
Format: DVD
I have a new Samsung 1080p HDTV and an Onkyo A/V receiver which upconverts video to near HD quality using the Faroudja processing chip. Every other Standard Definition DVD I have watched on this system looks fantastic. However, Oceans 13 looked awful. The picture was very grainy and the colors were distorted. The actors all had orange skin which made them look like they slathered themselves with some cheap tanning lotion. I could only stand to watch about 45 minutes of this DVD.

I did some research online and found that a few DVDs don't look good when processed by an upconverting DVD player or receiver. Oceans 13 was specifically mentioned on one A/V forum as a DVD which looks awful when upconverted. Very disappointing to say the least. If you have an upconverting DVD player or receiver, don't waste your money on this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I loved Ocean's 11 and I liked Ocean's 12. Ocean's 13 was not that great. First off the premise itself was a little over the top - it is one thing planning a heist, another to plan a heist with every table, every slot winning and the house losing (no, I am not giving out any secrets here). This is an ambitious attempt (daring?), but then everything seems to fall in place so easy. And it just doesn't have the same feel of thrill, suspense, excitement whatever. Good for a watch, but not much more.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2007
Format: DVD
The movie was ok.

The picture quality on the DVD sucks. I'm taking it back to the store where I purchased it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2007
Format: Blu-ray
I am just commenting on the picture quality of the blu-ray version of Ocean's 13. I enjoyed the movie, but the quality of the picture was lacking compared to other blu-ray discs. I don't know what happened, but the colors are inconsistent and some shots are grainy. At first I thought it was a style choice, but the picture quality jumps around so much I doubt that now. This really didn't look any better than a standard DVD. This seems to be a problem with the transfer, not my individual disc. I have checked on other forums and everyone seems to be complaining. Don't waste your money on this blu-ray disc, just buy the standard DVD.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 19, 2007
Ocean's Thirteen brings back a star-studded cast headed by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. They are once more backed by Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle, Shabao Qin, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Bernie Mac, and Carl Reiner in great support roles.

As always, Danny Ocean (Clooney) co-leads with Rusty Ryan (Pitt) in a deadly, dangerous, and twisting con scheme. In the previous two movies, Ocean, Ryan, and the others have always been motivated by personal desires as well as financial ones. This time it's more personal. Reuben (Gould) has been beaten out of his fortune by Willie Bank (Al Pacino), who is planning to open the most impressive casino in Las Vegas.

Willie Bank (And don't you just love the subtle name? Will he bank?) has already been a successful casino owner/operator. All of his casinos before have earned the "Five Diamonds Award" of excellence. Bank expects no less this time. And he shut Ruben out of the deal so than the glamour - not to mention the profit - can all be his.

Ocean and Rusty gather with the rest of the crew to pay their respects to Reuben and figure out what they are supposed to do to get their friend's fortune back. Reuben appears to have lost the will to live. As an act of courtesy, Ocean offers Bank a Billy Martin: a chance to redeem himself on his own and give the money back to Reuben. Of course if Bank had accepted the proposition the movie would have been much shorter.

So Ocean and his team go to work. The con to get Reuben's money back is complicated and involves a lot of details. Some of it is realistic, but much of it lies in the realm of fantasy. Still, these movies are confection and are to be enjoyed just on their own.

And they are probably also an excuse for the high-powered stars to get together and play.

In Ocean's Eleven the mix was exactly right. The stars matched the story, and each of those stars got the chance to be an absolute scene-stealer. The franchise stumbled badly in Ocean's Twelve because the movie seemed to lack a central focus. Some viewers even stated that the film had no plot at all.

The plot in the latest film is apparent from the earliest scenes, but it seems like Clooney, Pitt, and the others are merely going through the paces, hitting their marks and delivering lines of dialogue that are often funny, but too often wide of the mark. The story isn't as tight as the first one.

In order to explain the premise of the con to the audience, Ocean and Ryan have to describe what they've got in place to a new con man that specializes in computer technology. He supposedly is the best at figuring out cybernetic systems. Bank's new casino is protected by an artificial intelligence. Which seems weird because the military evidently doesn't have those yet. And the fact that it's an artificial intelligence is never exploited in the film. It's just one of those near science fiction explanations to make the job supposedly harder.

Part of the plan involves manufacturing dice made of a special polymer. One of the team (Affleck) goes undercover at the Mexican manufacturing plant where they're made to get the special polymer into the mix. While he's there, he ends up taking part in a mini-revolution of blue collar workers against white collar administration. This is truly one of the funnier bits in the film, but it feels a little out of place. It's a diversion that doesn't fit in with the Las Vegas scene that's going on. And even the special dice are not showcased that much later in the film.

Moving the franchise back to Las Vegas seems to be a good idea, though. There's something about this city that just makes magic for these kind of shows.

However, even at 1:53 running time, the movie feels a little long and sags some in the middle. Clooney and Pitt break up those sections with glimpses into their personal lives that are fun, but even those become noticeable as props to keep the plot flowing.

I went to see the movie in the theater with my wife because that was where we'd seen the other two. We wanted to see this one there. It was a big improvement over the second movie, but it still didn't match expectations fostered by the first movie. If you haven't seen Ocean's Thirteen yet, I'd suggest waiting for it on DVD and pick it up to complete your collection or to rent just to watch.
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