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DVD Review: Ocean's Thirteen

Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2007 2:02 PM

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Front Cover ArtworkOcean's Thirteen
Warner Home Video 113918 - Region 1
122 minutes

List Price: $28.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

Available on DVD 11/13/2007

Rated PG-13

Additional Movie Details

 TheatricalThis DVD
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1 2.35:1

Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital 5.1


Disc 1 Contents

  • Up-front Ads
    • "Lucky You" on DVD
    • Ocean's Thirteen Soundtrack on CD
    • "P.S. I Love You" Theatrical Trailer
    • Seinfeld: Season 9 on DVD
    • "Rush Hour 3" on DVD
    • "Get Smart" Theatrical Trailer
  • Movie
  • Extras
    • Vegas: An Opulent Illusion - How Las Vegas Designers Influence Visitors
    • Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk - Short Walking Tour of the Set
    • Additional Scenes

About the Movie

This is the second sequel to the highly successful "Ocean's Eleven". Steven Soderbergh is one of my favorite directors, having made "Out of Sight" with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. The entire core cast is back, which is a requirement in my book for a successful sequel, and adding the pompous Al Pacino and "she's still got it" Ellen Barkin should make for an enjoyable way to spend two hours of time.

How Does it Look?


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.

How Does it Sound?

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.


If you enjoyed the first two movies, you will enjoy this one. It's definitely the weakest of the bunch, but probably better than a lot of other movies out there. It's disappointing to see so few interesting extras, which makes one believe that a special edition is coming down the line at some point that will include extras that have already been offered online. This isn't sold as a Special Edition, and the street price on this disc is low, so perhaps it's difficult to complain about the lack of decent extras. Still, I wouldn't recommend buying this unless you are a big fan and want to complete your set of the previous movies. It's well worth the rental, though.

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