OCEAN'S ELEVEN: DVD
Cool-as-ice Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a con-artist fresh out of prison. He immediately re-teams with Rusty (Brad Pitt) and plans to steal $150m in one night from three casinos owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). They gather a band of thieving friends, including a financier (Elliott Gould), a pick-pocket (Matt Damon), a demolitions expert (Don Cheadle), a croupier (Bernie Mac), a washed up veteran (Carl Reiner) and two hot-heads (Scott Caan, Casey Affleck). But Ocean doesn't just have his eye on the $150m - he also wants to steal back his ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts), who now dates Benedict. A remake of 1961 Rat Pack film of the same name.
Review by Shannon J. Harvey:
Film buffs will think they've hit the jackpot with the new and improved Ocean's Eleven, an all-star cast schmooze-fest that's as smooth as silk and as cool as ice. Every shot is dreamy, every line drips like honey, and the direction by Steven Soderbergh is slicker than oil. From first frame to last, it all comes together to make not just a great remake of the 1961 Rat Pack film, but one of the most stylish, easy-on-the-eyes film ever made.
While the DVD is not overly stacked with features, it does come with a few aces up its sleeve. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia provide an amusing audio commentary, simultaneously praising and making fun of their co-stars. And for a commentary from another angle, director Soderbergh and writer Ted Griffin provide an enlightening insight on their stars' antics and the choices they made during the writing and filming of the movie, often comparing their vision to the gaudy original.
There's a Making-Of doco that plays more like a collection of cheesy sound bites, but more interesting is A Look at the Con, which isn't so much an instruction manual on how to heist a casino (sigh!) but more a look at how the film's costumes designate the characters. Some costumes, as the great Carl Reiner reveals, were all that were needed to inform just what type of character they were playing. Perhaps that's a good thing to have on the DVD, because there's not a lot of character development in the film - just a lot of cool lines that make us instantly like these handsome characters. And as handsome characters go, it's hard to go past Clooney and Pitt, who play it more like the new Slick Pack than the Rat Pack.
The DVD also has sports links to websites and screensavers, but really, the film is it's own best feature. With Soderbergh at the helm and the talents of Clooney, Pitt, Roberts, Garcia, Damon, Cheadle, Reiner and co on board, Ocean's Eleven was never in danger of drowning. Sinatra and Co would be proud. In fact, they might say it's a real ring-a-ding thing.
Published June 13, 2002
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OCEAN'S ELEVEN: DVD (M)
CAST: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck.
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: SPECIAL FEATURES:
Audio commentary with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia
Audio commentary with director Steven Soderbergh, and screenwriter Ted
Griffin; The making of Ocean's Eleven; The Look of the Con documentary; Theatrical trailers; Cast and crew filmmographies; DVD-ROM features: In-out challenge, web links, screen savers.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: June 5, 2002