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‘Ocean’s 8’ 4K Ultra HD review

September 21, 2018

Director and writer Gary Ross’ continuation of a popular heist film franchise earlier this year passed the mantle to a female cast and was a box office hit with audiences.

Ocean’s 8 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 110 minutes, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $44.95), now released in the ultra-high definition format, will not dazzle home cinema connoisseurs, but the breezy plot makes for an entertaining evening.

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of the supposedly deceased Danny Ocean (George Clooney in the remade trilogy), gets out of prison and immediately plans a major heist with her best pal (Cate Blanchett).

They enlist the help of a hacker (Rihanna), a washed-up fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), a jewelry maker (Mindy Kaling) and a high-end fence (Sarah Paulson).

The gang of con artists gets additional assistance from a pompous actress (Anne Hathaway) who becomes an unwitting mule as they attempt to steal a $150 million Cartier necklace during the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly gala.

Director Gary Ross takes no risks, and the movie that is not as clever or nail biting as its predecessors. Still, this methodically well-planned theft is fun to watch executed, and it certainly spotlights the camaraderie of a great cast.

4K in action: A heist film does really lend itself to exploring the wonders of ultra-high definition and high dynamic range enhancements, but I was thoroughly impressed by the actresses and the colorful gowns at the Met Gala.

This might sound a bit sexist, but, under the scrutiny of a 2160p presentation, nearly all flaws of a performer’s face are often revealed.

So considering the age of some of the stars, such as Miss Blanchett, Miss Bullock, Miss Bonham Carter and even the elder Marlo Thomas, I was amazed by their healthy and nearly flawless skin tones.

Not noticing any heavy layers of makeup to cover wrinkles or blemishes, the viewers will see it’s obvious that these ladies really take care of themselves.

As far as the overall movie, interior scenes are a bit dark and too rosy. Yet, the best moments occur during the night of the museum party.

Viewers get to appreciate plenty of eye-catching colors and clarity from the gowns and the antiquities, which show off masterpieces such as the self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh or Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”

Best extras: Viewers get three featurettes (roughly 40 minutes in total in the included Blu-ray disc) that touch on the history of the franchise, the story, locations, designs, the Met Gala and an appreciation of the female cast and its chemistry.

Between a steady stream of promotional pabulum and some butt kissing, the segments do squeeze in some information on the production especially costume design. For example, they created 38 outfits for Miss Blanchett’s character.

The featurettes highlight interviews with Mr. Ross, writer Olivia Milch, costume designer Sarah Edwards, production designer Alex DiGerlando, Nancy Chilton from the Costume Institute at The Met, Vogue editor Hamish Bowles and most of the cast, often led by Miss Bullock.

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