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Ocean's 8 Ultra HD Blu-ray Review



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



The Review at a Glance:
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Film:

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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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87



Details:

Studio and Year: Warner - 2018
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 110 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rhianna, Awkwafina
Directed by: Gary Ross
Music by: Daniel Pemberton
Written by: Gary Ross, Olivia Milch
Region Code: A


Release Date: September 11, 2018


"Every Con has its Pros"


My Take:

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.

I really like Ocean’s 11. I own the two sequels but, honestly can’t recall much about them. When I saw the trailer for Ocean’s 8 I rolled my eyes and essentially poo pooed it as an unnecessary installment. Despite that I couldn’t help but be curious so when the studio’s solicit arrived for review coverage I went ahead. I am not disappointed that I did. Ocean’s 8 isn’t as thematically engaging, nor does it have the well-rounded narrative and defining characters of Ocean’s 11 but, it sports enough of its foundational elements to make for a watchable and decently entertaining heist flick. I liked the casting too and felt that Sandra Bullock did a solid job handling the pivotal role of Debbie Ocean.

Ocean’s 8 won’t be held in the same esteem as Ocean’s 11, which is justified but, it takes an honest shot at the genre and hits the target enough to make for an entertaining way to spend an evening.


Replay Value: 3 Stars


Parental Guide:

The rating is for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


UHD Presentation(HDR-10): 90
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UHD Presentation (Dolby Vision): 94
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 84
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Ocean’s 8 comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

Ocean’s 8 garnered a solid report from me on its video quality in 1080p. Its presentation in Ultra HD was rendered from a 3.4K source and more than likely finished on a 4K DI but, I wasn’t able to confirm that. Color reproduction is consistent, with primaries like blue, red, and green appearing richer, and more delineated. Secondary hues look great as well, especially in the sequences that take place on the streets of New York City. The increase in resolution isn't always on display, but at times, the detection of minutia, even in wide angle shots, is excellent. Close-ups tend to offer noteworthy refinement and deeper resolvable texture on surfaces and physical features compared to the Blu-ray.

The same is true when comparing the video's dynamic range. Exterior sequences offer added punch, especially that take place in the light of day where the sun reflects off of objects etc. The darkened highlights in the low-lit environs, like the facility where Debbie and company plan the heist, have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. Fleshtones are beautifully reproduced appearing rich in complexional delineation. Viewing Ocean’s 8 in Ultra HD wasn't a format defining experience however, I think its improvements makes it an easy choice for UHD fans.


Dolby Vision vs HDR-10:

I utilize the TCL 55P607 UHD Dolby Vision HDR flat panel in my review system to enable me to compare the visual quality of titles that contained the Dolby Vision metadata versus its HDR-10 counterpart on the same disc. All titles are first watched via my JVC front projector. I then select specific scenes which are watched on the TCL, first via HDR-10 then via Dolby Vision. The TCL isn’t among the top tier flat panels with DV, however it came recommended by AVS Senior Editor Mark Henninger, and calibrates/performs extremely well for a set at its price point.

* The cumulative A/V score will still be based upon the HDR-10 rating, with the DV rating serving as informational only for now.*

Comparing the DV and HDR-10 presentations for Ocean’s 8, I found the HDR to be close, but felt that the DV rendering edged out the HDR-10. Much of this came when comparing the same scenes, and finding that the rendering of color was not only slightly deeper, but seemingly more delineated. The sequence at the Met Gala with its luscious mix of color, and purposefully over saturated reds, are good examples. I also thought that gradations in the white detail were easier to see. While I wouldn’t categorize these differences as stark, I definitely felt that the DV rendering was my preference.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the less aggressive variety, but considering the source material that’s not a complete surprise. Its use of audio objects placed above is limited to ambient extension. This is done to good effect when implemented. The music score is subtly mixed over the platform so as to add natural depth to its orchestrated elements without drawing attention away from the thematic details of what is transpiring onscreen. While this mix doesn’t make constant use of discretely placed audio objects, I found that it complimented the soundtrack in support of the film’s thematic tone.



For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Blu-ray Video:


Video: 96
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Audio: 88
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Ocean’s 8 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video.

This film looks great on Blu-ray and features excellent video quality that exhibits high level detail, stable sharpness and revealing definition. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid-level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. When called for, colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are naturally rendered, reproducing the varying complexional types featured in the cast with aplomb. Contrast is boldly applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and drives brightly lit scenes without whitewashing detail. Blacks are gradational and deep which emboldens sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure that enhances depth perception. This is a solid presentation that looked terrific on my big screen.

This is primarily a dialog driven film however there are elements in the film that require use of the entire system so its ability to clearly render them is essential. Dialog is reproduced with transparent realism and lucid texture as it is appropriately balanced within the front soundstage. The surround mix utilizes the entire platform to recreate the many acoustic sounds associated with the environments portrayed onscreen. The rear channels contain a mixture of spatial ambience/musical extension as well as directional panning cues that effectively support the front soundstage. This is a complimentary audio presentation that mates well with the source material



Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: Ocean’s 8 Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Disc 2 Ocean’s 8 Blu-ray
  • A Heist in Heels
  • Ocean’s Team 3.0
  • Reimagining the Met Gala
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy



Final Thoughts:

Ocean’s 8 won’t be held in the same esteem as Ocean’s 11, which is justified but, it takes an honest shot at the genre and hits the target enough to make for an entertaining way to spend an evening. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring an excellent Ultra HD video rendering (which includes Dolby Vision HDR) that makes the most of the source material, solid high definition video, engaging lossless surround sound, including a complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and a middling supplemental package. Ocean’s 8 is certainly worth the cost of a rental for genre fans so feel free to add it to your rental queue.












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Great cast, fun acting, very weak story. The lack of an antagonist like Andy Garcia in O11 unfortunately keeps any real tension from building in this movie which in the end makes it a rental for a slow night.
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Picked this one up from RedBox over the weekend. Very enjoyable and lots of fun.. you hit the nail on the head on this one Ralph.
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Rakph,

Thank you for the review. This is one of the times were we come to a different conclusion.

As very well said by Robnix, the movie lacks any real suspense, due to a lack of antagonists or any almost failure. Did you not notice that in every important build up the plan scene they were EATING? I understand that after 5 years etc, etc. planning this, you probably have an idea of what is going to happen. But to be so cool about it that there is zero fear to end up in prison again for the rest of your life makes no sense. For us the movie tried too hard to show how cool the women in it are. Rhianna even did her toe nails while the heist went on. That is simply idiotic.

For us - and my wife is a very forgiving movie lover - the replay value is 1 out of 5.

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I was like you Ralph, here is another "checking the box" SJW idea just for the sake of it, but I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to make this entertaining if not very well done. Mostly because of the two leads though. Still rental only IMO.
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why no inclusion of Julia Roberts ? I really like O11, but 12-13 were so-so. Sounds like a good option for rental




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Thanks for the review!


I watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, great entertainment! My Netflix rental had a Dolby True HD 7.1 track that sounded subjectively great likely due to weeks of HT room hiatus.



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Sandra Bullock looks identical to Michael Jackson in the movie. What the heck has she done to herself?
Movie looked absolutely incredible on my Sony 65 A1E. The visuals really stuck out compared to most movies. It's definitely a "one and done movie". Wife liked it more than i did.


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Rakph,

Thank you for the review. This is one of the times were we come to a different conclusion.

As very well said by Robnix, the movie lacks any real suspense, due to a lack of antagonists or any almost failure. Did you not notice that in every important build up the plan scene they were EATING? I understand that after 5 years etc, etc. planning this, you probably have an idea of what is going to happen. But to be so cool about it that there is zero fear to end up in prison again for the rest of your life makes no sense. For us the movie tried too hard to show how cool the women in it are. Rhianna even did her toe nails while the heist went on. That is simply idiotic.

For us - and my wife is a very forgiving movie lover - the replay value is 1 out of 5.

Cheers

Agree it was pretty bad, not sure why the critics liked it so much. So many plot holes, give me a break.


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