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OCEAN'S THIRTEEN: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) double-crosses Danny Ocean's (George Clooney) friend and mentor Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), in the deal for his new Las Vegas casino, Ocean gathers the team for a revenge caper to break the Bank on opening night. He even talks competing casino operator and earlier sting victim, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) into bankrolling part of the job. The task is to milk the Bank casino with rigged games, and top it off with a simulated earth quake so the winners can exit the casino with the cash. Oh, and $250 million worth of diamonds from the super-secure rooftop cage ....

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The great escapist caper movie that was Ocean's 11 has spawned this franchise/sequel and it's a valid genre - in fact, it's been too long forgotten, and not always reliably revived (see the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair and weep). In this star studded affair, the diamonds are losing their sparkle; the jokes are less frequent and less fresh, and the caper is allowed to grow into an overly complicated matrix. Escapism is meant to be relaxing!

But the major elements remain in place: a top cast loving to strut their stuff in a piece that won't count in their acting careers as anything but frilly fun, and production elements that mix the hedonistic Las Vegas life with the super cool ethos of the Thirteen. It's great eye candy.

Overlooking the laboured patches, Ocean's Thirteen retains the tone of the original remake - if you follow my meaning - and for that Steven Soderbergh has to be thanked. It's a rare feat to remake a good film with any kind of tonal match. The familiar also has a role, and the antics, characteristics and peccadillos of the team members reminds us of the good company we are keeping here.

Lively but a tad too long, Ocean's Thirteen is written by two guys new to the caper; they need to learn a bit of plot minimalism. With this many good characters (and stars to play them), you can let them take all the weight.

Published October 13, 2007

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OCEAN'S THIRTEEN: DVD (PG)
(US, 2007)

CAST: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Eddie Izzard, Carl Reiner, Vincent Cassel, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Mantell, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin,

PRODUCER: Jerry Weintraub

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh

SCRIPT: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Soderbergh

EDITOR: Stephen Mirrione

MUSIC: David Holmes

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Philip Messina

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 14, 2007

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: October 12, 2007







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