Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [1960]

Before there was director Steven Soderbergh's 2001 version, there was the original 1960 Ocean's 11 starring Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. This 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks bright and clean with only a few imperfections marring the image. While the flesh tones look well rendered, a small amount of edge enhancement shows up in a few scenes. However, the overall effect of this transfer is very good. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono and sounds very much like a mono track should sound: flat and unimpressive. However, the bulk of this soundtrack is distortion free with only a slight hiss heard every now and then. Also included on this disc are English subtitles and Dolby French soundtrack. This first-ever DVD edition of Ocean's 11 includes a few very well-produced extra features. The first is a commentary track by the lead actor's son, Frank Sinatra Jr., and actress Angie Dickinson. The two participants were recorded at different times with the commentary then edited together. Frank Sinatra Jr. does the bulk of the talking while Angie Dickinson chimes in once in a blue moon. Overall, this is an interesting commentary with lots of stories shared about "the Rat Pack" and their antics in Las Vegas. The "Las Vegas Casino Map" is a great feature that gives some tidbits and history about the five hotels featured in the film. An interesting clip from Frank Sinatra hosting The Tonight Show in the 1970s is included in a very scratched-up full-frame presentation. Finally, there are two theatrical trailers for the film presented in anamorphic widescreen. This is a very nice edition of the film for anyone interested in the 1960s, highballs, or gambling their nights away.
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Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson
  • Interactive "Then and Now" Las Vegas Map Casino vignettes
  • Excerpt from "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson featuring guest host Frank Sinatra and guest Angie Dickinson
  • Interactive menus
  • Cast/filmmaker profiles
  • Two theatrical trailers
  • Scene access
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español


Ocean's Eleven
During a Los Angeles Christmas, a group of 82nd Airborne vets assembles under the leadership of gamblin' man Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) to rip off five Las Vegas casinos just after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. Playboy Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford) joins in the scheme because he's sick of needing his oft-married mother's money, especially now that she's about to wed Duke Santos (Cesar Romero), a self-made man with all sorts of underworld ties. After he receives the news that he could die at any time, newly released convict Anthony Bergdorf (Richard Conte) reluctantly agrees to participate so he can leave some money to his estranged wife and young son. Ocean's own wife, Beatrice (Angie Dickinson), doesn't think much of her husband's promise of a big score to come, but her quiet protests don't dissuade him. With Las Vegas garbage man and fellow vet Josh Howard (Sammy Davis Jr.) and several casino employees among their number, the titular band of thieves have just a few days to get ready for their caper. When Duke Santos, Jimmy's mother, and one of Ocean's discarded paramours all show up in Sin City at the same time as the veterans, the crew's perfect plans face some serious hurdles. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra - Danny Ocean
  • Dean Martin
    Dean Martin - Sam Harmon
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
    Sammy Davis Jr. - Josh Howard
  • Peter Lawford
    Peter Lawford - Jimmy Foster
  • Angie Dickinson
    Angie Dickinson - Beatrice Ocean

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