Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings “Oblivion” to Blu-ray and DVD for those who didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters. Many people find Tom Cruise to be an acquired taste these days after his couch-jumping antics and Scientology beliefs became public knowledge. However, this beautiful sci-fi gem shouldn’t be pushed away solely because he’s the lead actor.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his partner, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), are the last remaining humans on the war-torn Earth. They’re assigned to watch over powerful machines used to collect what’s left of the planet’s natural resources for use on a moon being colonized by the survivors of an alien invasion. As the job is wrapping up and it grows closer to time for them to leave and move on to their new lives, bizarre dreams and occurrences awaken Jack’s suspicions about his mission and who he is.
Although the story isn’t completely unique, “Oblivion” manages to borrow different concepts from several classic sci-fi films and blends them together to create something new and entertaining. Director Kosinski does a great job of paying homage to the genre, bringing to mind the visually stunning films of the 1970s and 1980s such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” and “Outland.”
“Oblivion” is rated PG-13 for violence, adult language, and sexual situations. There’s really nothing too horribly objectionable to be found. The box art states there’s some nudity, but I didn’t see where any actual body parts were shown.
The audio and video presentations for “Oblivion” will leave home audiences stunned. The crystal clear picture shows off the different landscapes and familiar monuments which have been laid waste by war. M83’s score brings every sequence of drama and action to life through an immaculate 7.1 surround sound mix.
There are a few special features found on the Blu-ray version of “Oblivion.” Audio commentary is provided by Director Joseph Kosinski and actor Tom Cruise. “Promise of a New World” is a 5-part “Making of” documentary that clocks in at 48 minutes. We also get four deleted and alternate scenes. A 5.1 surround presentation of M83’s isolated score is included as well.
“Oblivion” is an exciting mix of blockbuster action and sci-fi intellect. It’s well-acted and serves as a tribute to the groundbreaking genre films of the past. An elegant audio and video feature presentation coupled with some satisfying special features makes this a worthy purchase for consumers.
“Oblivion” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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