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Gary Ross
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Writing Credits:
Gary Ross, Olivia Milch

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Box Office:
$70 million.
Opening Weekend
$41,607,378 on 4145 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Descriptive Audio
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Portuguese Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish
Supplements Subtitles:
Latin Spanish

Runtime: 110 min.
Price: $35.99
Release Date: 9/11/2018

• ďReimagining the Met GalaĒ Featurette
• ďA Heist In HeelsĒ Featurette
• ďOceanís Team 3.0Ē Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Previews


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Ocean's 8 [Blu-Ray] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 13, 2018)

More than a decade after Oceanís 13 wrapped up the Steven Soderbergh-directed franchise, we come back for more felonious shenanigans via 2018ís Oceanís 8 with a new cast and director. Danny Oceanís sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) shares his affinity for crime, and when she emerges from prison, she plans to pick up where she left off.

Debbie wants to steal a diamond necklace worth $150 million, so along with partner Lou (Cate Blanchett), she assembles a team of specialists to pull off this massive heist. They get famous socialite Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) to wear it at the Met Gala and scheme to burgle it.

Whereas the 2016 female-centered Ghostbusters offered a pretty clear relaunch to that series, Oceanís 8 straddles the line between sequel and reboot. Because it alludes to Danny and includes cameos from a couple of characters in the earlier films, it doesnít offer an attempt to exist in its own universe, but beyond some fairly superficial elements, it lacks enough connective tissue to really feel like a sequel.

Whatever one calls it, Oceanís 8 becomes a disappointment. While it throws out occasional snatches of lively fun, it doesnít live up to its potential.

Like the prior films, Oceanís 8 boasts an impressive cast. A trio of Oscar-winners, Bullock, Hathaway and Blanchett alone would deliver a solid core, but the film also features folks like Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Pauling and others. This team doesnít quite compare with the roster assembled for the earlier flicks, but itís a darned strong group.

At their best, they provide some charm, but they donít click in quite the same way as the Soderbergh cast did. That assemblage of talent really connected, probably because many of them were pals outside of the movie.

The actors in Oceanís 8 donít seem to enjoy the same chemistry, and they never quite dig into the sense of delicious malice and cleverness the film needs. All provide more than competent work, but I canít say any of them impress.

Gary Ross directed and co-wrote Oceanís 8, and he boasts the career of a solid pro. Unfortunately, heís more of a journeyman than the inspired Soderbergh, so he fails to bring much zest to the proceedings.

This means Oceanís 8 feels a bit by the numbers. While it hits on all the expected notes and does so with reasonable life, it doesnít embrace the scheme in the same vivid manner as Soderbergh.

Honestly, Oceanís 8 feels like a sequel/reboot that exists more for marketing than anything else. Granted, one could argue the two sequels after 2001ís Oceanís 11 came to be solely because the first film made so much money, but at least those developed naturally in their era.

Given the long layoff between Oceanís 13 and Oceanís 8, there seems to be less of an organic path to the latterís existence, and it comes across as more than a little calculated. Thatís not a fatal flaw in and of itself, as plenty of movies created solely for profits work well nonetheless.

And to be fair, Oceanís 8 brings a perfectly watchable comedic caper film Ė it just never threatens to become more than that. While a decent romp, it lacks the zest and abandon it needs.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus C

Oceanís 8 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a quality presentation.

For the most part, sharpness worked well. A little softness occasionally hit some wide elements, but the majority of the movie boasted accurate delineation.

No signs of jagged edges or moirť effects materialized, and I witnessed no instances of edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to mar the proceedings.

To the surprise of no one, Oceanís 8 went with teal and especially orange. Tedious as those choices may seem, the image reproduced the colors as intended.

Blacks seemed dense and deep, while shadows offered appropriate smoothness and clarity. The Blu-ray reproduced the film well.

Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the filmís Dolby Atmos soundtrack heavily emphasized music, as the nearly omnipresent score and songs filled all the channels. Effects took a backseat but they added some involvement, mainly during action sequences.

Audio quality appeared good, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Effects also seemed accurate and tight, with clear reproduction of these components.

As noted, music turned into the most prominent component, and the songs/score boasted solid range and dimensionality. This became a more than satisfactory track for the film.

Two Deleted Scenes fill a total of one minute, 53 seconds. The first offers a little background about the Met Gala, whereas the second shows a post-heist chat between Debbie and Tammy.

Neither seems memorable. Also, some Oceanís 11 alumni allegedly shot cameos Ė if so, itís a shame they donít appear here, though one assumes they mustíve been awful if they didnít make the final cut.

Three featurettes follow, and Reimagining the Met Gala goes for 12 minutes, 47 seconds. It includes comments from writer/director Gary Ross, writer Olivia Milch, executive producer Diana Alvarez, costume designer Sarah Edwards, Costume Institute at the Metís Nancy Chilton, Vogue International Editor at Large Hamish Bowles, Met President/CEO Daniel H. Weiss, Met Head of Special Events Bronwyn Keenan, event designer Raul Avila, Vogue Director of Special Events Eaddy Kiernan, and actors Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, and Awkwafina.

The program looks at aspects of the Met Gala as well as costumes and related elements. Though it occasionally feels like an advertisement for the Met, it offers enough good details to deserve a look.

A Heist In Heels lasts 11 minutes, 35 seconds and features Ross, Hathaway, Paulson, Bullock, Carter, Milch, Blanchett, Alvarez, Edwards, and production designer Alex DiGerlando.

ďHeelsĒ looks at the filmís extension of the Oceanís series and its adaptation in the female world as well as cast/performances, sets/locations and costumes. Plenty of happy talk results, but the show still comes with some useful information.

Finally, Oceanís Team 3.0 lasts 13 minutes, 20 seconds and brings notes from Ross, Bullock, Blanchett, Carter, Hathaway, Edwards, Paulson, Awkwafina and Kaling.

Here we get more notes about cast, characters, performances and costumes. Given that ďHeelsĒ takes on the same topics, it seems unclear why the disc splits into two similar featurettes, but ď3.0Ē nonetheless becomes another reasonably efficient reel.

The disc opens with ads for A Star Is Born and Crazy Rich Asians. No trailer for Oceanís 8 appears here.

Though not a bad film, Oceanís 8 disappoints. It fails to live up to its potential Ė and star power Ė as it turns into sporadic entertainment. The Blu-ray brings very good picture with positive audio and a decent set of supplements. If a sequel materializes, perhaps itíll use its talent better, but Oceanís 8 falls a bit flat.

Viewer Film Ratings: 2.6 Stars Number of Votes: 5
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