Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2013


 "Oblivion" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook



In the year 2017, a massive foreign object approached earth and NASA sent a crew to intercept. Unfortunately, things did not go well and a war ensued.  As far as Jack (Tom Cruise) knows, the humans won the war against the aliens, but at the expese of Earth.  Nuclear war ravaged the planet and forced most to flee to one of Saturn's moons.  He and Julia are left behind as a cleanup crew to maintain the drones and terminate any alien "scavs".  


  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 4 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring : Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
  • Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
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  • Violence: Some
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes


Oblivion did not blow away the box office here in the states, although, thanks to Tom Cruise, it did quite well in foriegn markets.  Critical reception was mixed for whatever reason, yet I strongly recommend this movie to any fan of sci-fi.  It may not have much originality, but at I felt like it wasn't trying to be the most thought provoking, original, surprise shocker of a sci-fi movie.  If you take it for what it is, and enjoy the sights and sounds, it is a solid ride.  The photography and special effects are jaw dropping and when paired with the sweet film score and innovative sound design, Oblivion is a top notch flic.  


Wow, this disc is a technical tour de force.  The image quality is absolutely stunning with incredible amounts of detail, and pristine color and contrast.  I detected no flaws while watching this movie.  The sound mix is also stunning.  Featuring a fabulous score by Anthony Gonzalez (M83) and Joseph Tapanese, the audio will blow away your home theater.  The sound engineering is some of the best I have heard in some time.  They did a great job creating the sounds of the repair droids.  This is a great demo disc!   


DVD and Ultraviolet included along with commentary from Cruise and Kosinski, Deleted scenes, The Making of Oblivion, and my personal favorite, an isolated track for just the film score!