With news that George Clooney will be gracing the 55th BFI London Film Festival with his presence on October 12th, this week we’re focusing on the best films that showcase his acting and directing talents. So if you’re stuck for ideas this weekend, why not try out one of the following:
Jam packed with big name stars such as Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, Clooney takes the lead as Danny Ocean in this trilogy of casino heist films directed by the brilliant Steven Soderbergh. A modern take on the classic 1960 Rat Pack original, Ocean and his band of loyal conmen take down the dons of the gambling world in Las Vegas and Europe. This thrilling box set comes with a whole host of extra features including commentary tracks from Pitt and Damon, cast interviews, a look at set and costume designs and documentaries exploring the most famous heists and cons in history. It also includes the feature Vegas: An Opulent Illusion which examines our fascination with the infamous playground for the rich and famous.
Good Night and Good Luck
If you’re keen on taking a look at what Clooney has to offer behind the camera, why not take a look at his second foray in political thriller Good Night and Good Luck. Set during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950s America, the film chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. When a very public feud opens up between the two, Clooney examines the lies and scaremongering tactics used to intimidate those who opposed his methods. Extra features on the BD include a commentary with Clooney and producer Grant Heslov alongside stock footage of original broadcasts, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage looking at historical representations in the film.
Taking place at the end of the Gulf War, Three Kings follows the journey of three American soldiers who attempt to smuggle millions in stolen Kuwaiti bullion out of the war torn desert. Absurdly comic and shockingly emotional, the film features the supreme acting talents of Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. A quality assortment of bonus features are included, such as a commentary track from director David O. Russell in which he shares insights into script development, shooting locations, themes, shooting styles and the cast’s performances. Accompanying this are featurettes which give added information on the set, cast and crew training and post production details. Deleted scenes and a glimpse of the world premiere complete the pack.
So what do you think of our choices? Hit the comments to tell us your favourite George Clooney movies, or tell us what else you’ll be looking forward to watching on Blu-ray this weekend.