Ocean’s Eight 4K Blu-ray Review
By Chris Heinonen on
Ocean’s Eight Summary
Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career.
She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her former partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), street con Constance (Awkwafina), expert fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna) and fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter).
The target is $150 million in diamonds—diamonds that will adorn the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, the Met Gala. Their plan appears rock solid, but it will need to be flawless if the team is to get in and get away—all in plain sight.
Ocean’s Eight Movie Review
The prior three Ocean’s movies were mostly good fun, though they all lost a bit compared to the one before it. Ocean’s Eight is a reboot that’s done well enough, with a great all-female cast, but comes close to Ocean’s Thirteen than Ocean’s Eleven. Mind you, I did find the movie to be an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, but I never felt much urgency or a sense of unease as to what was going to happen. Even obstacles that our crew ran into during the film were resolved just a scene or two later, far too quickly for any real tension to develop. If you liked the previous films, you’re likely to enjoy this one as well, and you are unlikely to regret the time you invest in watching it.
Ocean’s Eight Technical Review
Ocean’s Eight was shot on Arri Alexa cameras at 3.4K resolution but the digital intermediate resolution is unknown. Interviews with the cinematographer and visiting the website that did the post-production VFX work don’t reveal it either. From the look of it, I’d guess that it’s a 2K DI, but one that is still quite sharp. The disc features a Dolby Vision layer for compatible displays. The image here uses HDR but not extensively. There are a few glints here and there, but overall the image isn’t flashy at all. There are lots of rich, saturated colors that look wonderful and there is an uptick in resolution compared to the Blu-ray. It probably won’t wow your friends, but the transfer is clean and vibrant and looks just like they probably wanted the movie to look.
The soundtrack in Dolby Atmos is similar in that it doesn’t draw much attention to itself but does the job quite well. The movie is dialogue driven and that comes across clearly at all times, and it makes use of Atmos when it should for action scenes or busy city streets. Just like the video, it isn’t flashy, but it matches up with the film and does exactly what it is supposed to do.
Ocean’s Eight Special Features
- A Heist in Heels
- Ocean’s Team 3.0
- Reimagining the Met Gala
- Deleted Scenes
Sony A1E OLED, Panasonic UB820 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver, Martin Logan X800 Subwoofer.
Nice image and soundtrack that match the movie well, enjoyable little jaunt.
Not as good as the first Ocean's film, image and soundtrack are good but not heavily dynamic.
Ocean's Eight is a fine film to watch for a couple of hours and the disc does a good job of delivering the experience. It isn't going to show off what a home theater is capable of, but it doesn't let the film down at all.