From Casino Royale to Ocean’s 11: A Look at the Top Casino Movies

When it comes to casino movies, there are quite a few out there that are really good.  If you are a fan of this movie genre, then you have come to the right place!  Today, we are going to take a look at several of the top casino movies ever made.  Make sure to stick around and check them out.  Some of them you might not even know about.

Casino Royale

One of the most popular casino movies has to be Casino Royale.  This movie stars none other than Daniel Craig and is an instalment of the hit movie series James Bond.  The Bond film has lots of action both in and out of the casino which will keep you on the edge of your seat!  During the main part of the movie, Craig, who plays 007, must defeat a weapons dealer in a very high stakes game of poker at the infamous Casino Royale.  But the fun doesn’t stop there as Bond dives deeper into the plot of the movie. If you are a fan of James Bond movies, this one is surely a must see! Also, if you are interested in trying your own hand at blackjack or other games then click here.

Ocean’s 11

Another amazing casino movie is Ocean’s 11. Released back in 2001, this movie has grown in popularity and now has many sequels. This movie has a very large and famous cast that includes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the late great comic Bernie Mac just to name a few.  This star studded cast really shines through in the film which takes place in Las Vegas.  The lead character George Clooney enlists the help of 11 others in his attempt to rob three very high-profile Las Vegas casinos at the same time.  This feat seems impossible but with the combined skills of his crew, Clooney who plays Danny Ocean just might pull off the unthinkable.  While the movie is light-hearted, it does have its serious moments as you will find out.  If you would like to learn more about this now classic casino movie, please visit this link.

The Cincinnati Kid

A classic film, The Cincinnati Kid stars Steve McQueen and Ann-Margret.  The movie was first seen on the silver screen way back in the year 1965.  In the film, McQueen plays an up and coming card player who is trying to make a name for himself by going up against one of the best poker players around.  In this high-stakes game, McQueen who plays the Cincinnati Kid must defeat the seasoned professional in a winner takes all tournament.  This movie is full of twists and turns making it one of the best casino movies ever produced.  While the film is older, it truly is a must see for those who are fans of casino based movies.  The setting of this movie is 1930’s New Orleans which gives the film a certain glow and is very romantic at the same time.  The Cincinnati Kid is one of Steve McQueen’s best films and he really shines in it.  Please make sure to check out more interesting facts about this movie by following this link.

Each of these casino movies has something different to offer audiences.  From modern high-stakes poker to card games of a by gone era, you will find it all in these films.  So, if you are a huge casino fan, why not check out each of these movies?  Even if you have seen them before, they are all worth watching at least one more time.

Blu-ray Review “Battle Royale: The Complete Collection”

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Beat Takeshi, Chiaki Kuriyama
Number of discs: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: Anchor Bay
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Running Time: 368 minutes

Collection: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out 5 stars

It is really sad that it took this film this long to get released properly in the US. “Battle Royale” has been proclaimed by many as “One Of The Most Controversial Film Series Of All Time”. It is definitely that for sure…and then some. The reason for this release occurs due to the unbelievable hype from the upcoming movie “The Hunger Games”. There has been talks of doing a US version of “Battle Royale” for many years but those were silenced since “The Hunger Games” came along. They are relatively similar in a sense besides the fact that “Battle Royale” is a no-holds barred kick-ass movie not backed by a teeny-bopper/Twilight-esque following like with “The Hunger Games”. Nonetheless, I am happy to finally see this film and its sequel “Battle Royale II: Requiem” released in the America and in glorious high definition.  So if you enjoy “The Hunger Games”, you should enjoy this release as well, no question.

The complete collection consists of four discs within fantastic case/box. The box comes with great photos from the films through the case. The first disc is the director’s cut of “Battle Royale”. The second disc is the theatrical cut of “Battle Royale”. The third disc is the sequel “Battle Royale II: Requiem”, less superior that the first but still very enjoyable. The fourth and final disc is jam packed with bonus content. The video resolution looks great with its 1080p transfer, with its original aspect ratio: 1.85:1. The audio is also fantastic specifically with its Japanese track boasting a very impressive Dolby TrueHD 7.1. The English dubbed track only included a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track.

Kinji Fukasaku’s violet yet poetic “Battle Royale” follow a group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. Sounds similar to “The Hunger Games” huh? When they are flown to a remote island, the rules are laid out for the game. Each student is put in a group with another student, given a weapon and set against their fellow classmates. Only one group will be allowed to leave the island alive. Of course what separates this from “The Hunger Games” is that one your team member is killed the device around the team members neck will explode in a few seconds.

“Battle Royale II: Requiem” follows right about the events of the first film. The survivors of previous Battles Royale, led by Shuya Nanahara have formed a rebel group called the “Wild Seven”. A class of teenagers are kidnapped by the Japanese government again. Instead of being forced to kill each other, like the first film, the students are sent off to war and ordered to attack and kill terrorist group and its leader.

The special features on this release are so fantastic and include more than 3 hours of extras. The main issue with these is that they are only presented on DVD, it would have been great to see these presented on Blu-ray and in high definition. The extras includes the following: The Making of Battle Royale, TV Spot: Tarantino Version, Basketball Scene Rehearsals, Tokyo International Film Festival 2000, Special Edition TV Spot, Original Theatrical Trailer, Battle Royale Documentary, Special Effects Comparison Featurette, Filming On-Set, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Audition & Rehearsal Footage, Instructional Video: Birthday Version, Battle Royale Press Conference. If you previously purchased the Special Edition International versions, then this is nothing new here just with subtitles now.