Debbie Ocean (Bullock) is paroled after five years in prison and is focused on just one thing, the next great heist. She plans to steal a famous diamond necklace, worth 150 million dollars from around the neck of a famous actress, right in front of the celebrity crowd at the annual Met Gala. After assembling her team with the help of former partner Lou (Blanchett), she puts the plan into action. The other collaborators quickly discover that there are a few hidden agendas in play, but they stand to profit handsomely if they can pull off the ultimate job.
2018, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 hr 50 mins
Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Directed by Gary Ross
Ocean’s Eight is a fun crime caper with a decent collection of unexpected twists and just enough cheek to keep things entertaining. Pacing is brisk, and the film never bogs down in melodrama. The cast is rife with talented actors and each seems perfectly-suited to her role. We get to hear Cate Blanchett’s native Australian accent, something I had not experienced before. The plot is interesting but doesn’t break new ground. I would have enjoyed a more tech-oriented robbery, but the team of thieves manages to employ a few interesting techniques. Overall, it makes for a fun evening’s entertainment.
The Ultra HD image is superb in every respect. Dolby Vision adds something extra that HDR10 can’t quite muster. I watched the film on a VIZIO P65-F1 65” TV and was mesmerized by the deep contrast, perfectly suited to this display. Color is beautifully rendered with rich deep hues. Ball attendee’s costumes popped from the screen in all shades from bright white to stunning reds and greens. Though shot by digital cameras, the film has a pleasing textural grain that enhances the picture.
The Dolby Atmos sound track is loaded with spatial cues and ambient effects that come from all directions. The mix has an excellent presence and a large front sound stage. Dialog is crisp and detailed. The music is a mix of different nightclub styles and is rich in detail thanks to instruments like guitar and piano.
Bonus features are light with just three making-of featurettes and a collection of deleted scenes. My package included Ultra HD and standard Blu-rays as well as a digital copy download code.