Time has been very kind to 1960’s OCEAN’S 11. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, it has been remade by George Clooney and is still seen as something of a classic caper film.
That is even though it may not be the greatest of films.
But with the cast, do you even mind?
Frank Sinatra plays Danny Ocean. He and a group of army buddies (including Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Norman Fell) decide to pull the ultimate heist. Right after midnight on New Year’s Eve, they will rob five Las Vegas casinos.
Having seen the film several times over the years, I always feel the same way. It takes a while to get going. The gang isn’t even together until the hour mark.
Yet, to see Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr together, it makes it worth staying with. There is a lot of great music, with the Nelson Riddle score, and Martin and Davis performing a couple numbers.
Now on Blu-Ray, the film looks great. Although sometimes a bit too good. Frank Sinatra’s fuzzy orange sweater in an early scene looks like a bit of a fashion mistake today. And the picture is so clear you can notice some of the problems with the overdubbing of the dialogue.
WHAT IS ON THE BLU-RAY?
All of the extras are taken from the 2001 DVD release.
There is a commentary with Angie Dickinson and Frank Sinatra Jr.
There is a excerpt (3:45) from THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON with Frank Sinatra hosting sometime in the 1970’s and interviewing guest Angie Dickinson. The two discuss the film and especially the ending.
TROPICANA MUSEUM (1:39) - A look at a museum on the Strip.
LAS VEGAS THEN AND NOW - An interactive map of the locations in the film with video of each then and now.
There are also two trailers and an Easter Egg.
OCEANS 11 is available on Warner Home Video.