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Oblivion

post #1 of 135
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Aug. 6th, 2013.

"Set on a future Earth, civilization lives above the clouds and scavengers collect ancient artifacts from the polluted surface below. An earthbound soldier, who is stuck there repairing drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form, encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view."



DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1.
Special Features:

Feature Commentary with Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski
Deleted Scenes
Isolated Score
Promise of a New World - The Making of Oblivion:
Destiny: Conceptualization, development and pre-production
Voyage: The design and creation of the Bubble Ship (BD exclusive)
Combat: Action and stunts with Tom Cruise (BD exclusive)
Illusion: Post-production and visual effects
Harmony: The musical world of French electronic/shoegaze band M83



I enjoyed this one quite a lot in theaters, looking forward to the Blu-ray....(isolated score!!! cool.gif)
post #2 of 135
I thought it was an OK film in theaters but the movie builds towards a twist ending (actually, a few twists) and once you know them, I can't imagine watching the film enough additional times to warrant a purchase. I may rent it after enough time has passed where I can forget the twists and enjoy it anew. I'm sure it'll be a good-looking BR though.
post #3 of 135
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Originally Posted by JerryElbow View Post

I thought it was an OK film in theaters but the movie builds towards a twist ending (actually, a few twists) and once you know them, I can't imagine watching the film enough additional times to warrant a purchase. I may rent it after enough time has passed where I can forget the twists and enjoy it anew. I'm sure it'll be a good-looking BR though.

Maybe, but that's the kind of twist that makes me want to watch it again and see how it goes once we know it. smile.gif
post #4 of 135
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

Maybe, but that's the kind of twist that makes me want to watch it again and see how it goes once we know it. smile.gif
Yeah, I'd watch it a second time, much like I watched (and really enjoyed) The Sixth Sense a second time. But after that, I don't see watching it a third time. Thus, it's a rental to me. Well, that and the fact that the wife is beating on me to start reducing our collections rather than increase them as we get closer and closer to retirement and downsizing. I agree with her on everything but downsizing the screen size. I just upped it another 5 inches in the latest TV purchase, in fact!
post #5 of 135
Is this the film where Tom meets his next future ex wife?

I'm looking forward to seeing it on BD.
post #6 of 135
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Originally Posted by replayrob View Post

Is this the film where Tom meets his next future ex wife?

I'm looking forward to seeing it on BD.

How much money did Tom pay this new ex for the privilege of his Thetan-free existence? smile.gif

The dude that made Tron 2... wow, just wow and people actually paid money to see this.
post #7 of 135
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post


The dude that made Tron 2... wow, just wow and people actually paid money to see this.

And guess what I'll pay even more money to buy the Blu-ray. Oblivion is a good film, rent it and see for yourself.
post #8 of 135
I don't get the negativity on this movie. I loved every minute of it.

At the very least: 1) It's not a sequel, 2) It has an honest-to-God sci-fi premise, 3) The score was pretty cool, 4) The designs were awesome, 5) The cinematography was good, 6) The action was good, and 7) The plot was pretty great. Beyond the individual elements, I thought the whole thing fit together very well.

But yeah, I do agree that it relies so much on the twists and turns that a second viewing isn't something I'm dying for. I'll probably cave and pick up the Blu-ray eventually though.

I personally don't care about the personal lives of actors. Something tells me that the ones that seem the weirdest are probably the most normal (and vice versa).
post #9 of 135
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Originally Posted by Steve Tack View Post

I do agree that it relies so much on the twists and turns that a second viewing isn't something I'm dying for. I'll probably cave and pick up the Blu-ray eventually though.
Somewhere in that sci-fi movie is a story about a love that just refuses to die. Worth viewing again just for that, even knowing what twists are coming. On a technical level, the film is pure eye and ear candy (heard it in Dolby Atmos). Looking forward to enjoying it on my system.
post #10 of 135
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Originally Posted by Steve Tack View Post

I don't get the negativity on this movie. I loved every minute of it.

At the very least: 1) It's not a sequel, 2) It has an honest-to-God sci-fi premise, 3) The score was pretty cool, 4) The designs were awesome, 5) The cinematography was good, 6) The action was good, and 7) The plot was pretty great. Beyond the individual elements, I thought the whole thing fit together very well.

But yeah, I do agree that it relies so much on the twists and turns that a second viewing isn't something I'm dying for. I'll probably cave and pick up the Blu-ray eventually though.

I personally don't care about the personal lives of actors. Something tells me that the ones that seem the weirdest are probably the most normal (and vice versa).

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Originally Posted by sdurani View Post

Somewhere in that sci-fi movie is a story about a love that just refuses to die. Worth viewing again just for that, even knowing what twists are coming. On a technical level, the film is pure eye and ear candy (heard it in Dolby Atmos). Looking forward to enjoying it on my system.

+1 guys

Agreed all around. Wish I could have seen this one in Atmos. redface.gif
post #11 of 135
Watched the blu-ray last night and loved it. Very entertaining, and what it lacked in some originality it certainly made up for with fantastic visuals and soundtrack. The blu-ray was simply stunning.
post #12 of 135
But, why should we have to keep putting up with a lack of originality?

That's all we have nowadays with big summer tent poles... a total lack of originality or plain ol' good acting, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing, and instead they're just huge assaults on our senses.
post #13 of 135
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

But, why should we have to keep putting up with a lack of originality?

Oblivion is an original story, not a sequel, not a reboot or a remake. And yes I know what you mean by "lack of originality" (which I disagree with) but I just wanted to point out that in this year full of sequels, an original story is a welcome addition as well. It has jaw-dropping visuals, strong performances and direction (imo). Besides, it's a stellar release from Universal.
post #14 of 135
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

Oblivion is an original story, not a sequel, not a reboot or a remake. And yes I know what you mean by "lack of originality" (which I disagree with) but I just wanted to point out that in this year full of sequels, an original story is a welcome addition as well. It has jaw-dropping visuals, strong performances and direction (imo). Besides, it's a stellar release from Universal.

From the guy that did Tron: Legacy? Did he go back to film school in the interim? biggrin.gif I kid, I kid... but you get my point.
post #15 of 135
I saw Oblivion in the theaters and it is spectacular looking. The cinematography is incredible and is a truly beautiful movie. I will watch this several times.
post #16 of 135
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Originally Posted by JayF View Post

Watched the blu-ray last night and loved it. Very entertaining, and what it lacked in some originality it certainly made up for with fantastic visuals and soundtrack. The blu-ray was simply stunning.

Agreed... this blu-ray release is indeed stunning in terms of picture and sound quality. Glad to have it in my collection.
post #17 of 135
The film story may be a somewhat original idea (I think it is based on a graphic novel, not totally sure) but it's certainly not original. It's oretty derivative sci-fi which serves up great big undigested lumps of Total Recall, AI, Planet of the Apes – with little snippets of Top Gun. ( if only the had copied a bit from Wall-E!). But I did enjoy it mainly because of what most have been posting.....it looked and sounded amazing in the theater. Will be buying just to show it off in my HT.
post #18 of 135
I was looking for this thread last night.

I too watched it and it was incredible.

I told my wife this was the best disc we've watched yet in the new theater.

Definitely demo material.
post #19 of 135
My family was put off by the slow pacing, but I enjoyed the film. It does borrow from earlier films, especially Moon (2009), but I still thought it was worthwhile. It's also a beautiful film as folks have mentioned.

BTW, don't get all the hate on Tron Legacy. That's about the best demo disc I have, and the story grew on mean with subsequent viewings. Both films are certainly very stylish. And TL certainly benefits from the Daft Punk soundtrack.
post #20 of 135
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Originally Posted by subavision212 View Post

if only the had copied a bit from Wall-E!
Isn't Tom Cruise's character kinda a live-action version of Wall-E? Maintenance guy, toiling on an abandoned Earth, for the sake of off-world humans, has a fascination for old things, falls for visitor from space, etc.
post #21 of 135
Noticed folks complimenting how good this movie looked. The Director of Photography recently won an Oscar for shooting 'Life of Pi', another visual stunner (albeit with a very different colour palate).
post #22 of 135
Last night i watched it with fellow AVS members TmcG and RTRose in my theater, the audio and video was incredible, definitely reference demo material!
post #23 of 135
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Originally Posted by JJ7 View Post

My family was put off by the slow pacing, but I enjoyed the film. It does borrow from earlier films, especially Moon (2009), but I still thought it was worthwhile. It's also a beautiful film as folks have mentioned.

BTW, don't get all the hate on Tron Legacy. That's about the best demo disc I have, and the story grew on mean with subsequent viewings. Both films are certainly very stylish. And TL certainly benefits from the Daft Punk soundtrack.

Tron Legacy was really no better than the original, which was pretty damn clunky in all respects. It's rose-tinted nostalgia, nothing more. The acting, the dialog, the plot were all about as substantial as cardboard. IMHO. The Last Starfighter, a first of its kind CGI special effects movie like Tron, at least had a better sense of fun, a slightly more fleshed out story, and the acting was a little more tolerable. Who could forget Robert Preston reprising his iconic Music Man conman role (Prof. Harold Hill)... as an alien! This was Preston's last performance before his death as well (and he absolutely loved doing the movie-- a pro to the end). The only thing going for Legacy was Olivia Wilde who was wasted in a forgettable role... she's hot, hot, hot! smile.gif

Why couldn't they have done a neat followup sequel to The Last Starfighter, instead?
Edited by Dan Hitchman - 8/8/13 at 10:42am
post #24 of 135
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Originally Posted by sdurani View Post

Isn't Tom Cruise's character kinda a live-action version of Wall-E? Maintenance guy, toiling on an abandoned Earth, for the sake of off-world humans, has a fascination for old things, falls for visitor from space, etc.

One of the screenwriters works for Disney/PIXAR, so I could see where he got his influence. I can imagine Tom Cruise's character opening his mouth and sounding just like Wall-E. biggrin.gif All he needed was a plucky cockroach sidekick and the image would have been complete!
post #25 of 135
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

One of the screenwriters works for Disney/PIXAR, so I could see where he got his influence. I can imagine Tom Cruise's character opening his mouth and sounding just like Wall-E. biggrin.gif All he needed was a plucky cockroach sidekick and the image would have been complete!

Well there was Bob...
post #26 of 135
Blind bought this yesterday and watched it last night. Really enjoyed it, much more than some of the more recent sci-fi movies (I'm looking at you, Prometheus). Loved the sound design and soundtrack as well, and I never felt there was bass just to have bass. Very even mix.

I understand that the movie isn't for everyone, though some people in this thread just like to thread-crap lately.
post #27 of 135
Good movie. Amazing A/V! Love the isolated score extra and would LOVE to see this as an extra more. Awesome blind buy that will get many repeat viewings.
post #28 of 135
I enjoyed this very much. The look etc. made it exciting . I agree with the Prometheus comment ; I'm much more likely to repeat watch this one. I would recommend staying away from threads like this before viewing though. Even the more subtle spoilers like how this film was similar or borrowed from other films gave away some of the surprises that would have made it more enjoyable.



Art
post #29 of 135
This movie is my new demo disc. I was grinning throughout the entire movie.
post #30 of 135
Oblivion sound track mixed in with the action sounds is just incredible. There is a part of the movie where the Jack (Tom Cruise) is being chased by three pods in a canyon. I heard several whooshing from the back two speakers in my 7.2 system. Easily one of the best looking movies I have in my collection.
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