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Warner Home Video 113918 - Region 1
List Price: $28.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on DVD 11/13/2007
Color tint changes, split-screen effects, and other aesthetic effects are employed in this movie, making a standalone judgement of picture quality difficult.
However, there were a few instances of edge enhancement that were noticeable, but not to a degree where it distracted from the movie in a major way. Considering the type of movie that this is (a crime caper, not an epic), the issues are barely worth mentioning because they do not impact enjoyment of the movie.
This is primarily a talking movie, so it's not surprising that the center channel gets all the action and the rest aren't used much at all. It is disappointing in a way, though, as Las Vegas is one of the most dynamic environments created by man, and the casino scenes are notably lacking in any ambience.
The tremor scene was mildly realistic by lighting up the subwoofer a little, but this is another instance where doing it any better would have stood out when the rest of the movie is so center-heavy.
I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I'm disappointed that they omitted one on this DVD. Considering that the up-front ads included no less than four trailers/ads for other movies, it would have been nice had Warner provided us with one that was connected with the movie on the disc. Lacking that, I guess there is always our Trailers & Videos page for Ocean's Thirteen, where we currently have links to the movie trailer, as well as 10 other videos, including video from the movie's premiere (why couldn't that have been included here?).
What we have been given is a feature on what designers in Las Vegas do to influence visitors called Vegas: An Opulent Illusion. It's interesting, but nothing that we haven't been exposed to in other documentaries about Sin City. Much less interesting is the other short video, Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk. Weintraub looks uncomfortable to be doing it, and he doesn't really provide much insight beyond the fact that most of the props used in the casino are fully operational. The Additional Scenes are largely forgettable, and add nothing to the movie. They serve as a testament to the skill of the Editor, but not much else.
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