LIVING IN OBLIVION: 20TH ANNIVERSARY

LIVING IN OBLIVION: 20TH ANNIVERSARY 1

Steve Buscemi plays every third indie film director from the 1990s.

Peter Dinklage just owns all in this film.

“Living in Oblivion” is one of those arthouse films from the time when I discovered what arthouse meant. While I never got the chance to check it out at the Vogue (local reference). I did pick it up on VHS and watched it repeatedly on IFC. As I would grow into appreciating the collaborative nature of film, many of the jokes would start to make sense. For a neophyte viewer, the narrative is so insular that it threatens to derail the film. Well, outside of Dinklage’s memorable rant.

You know what makes me feel old? I remember seeing the film (Johnny Suede) that inspired this one at a dollar house theater years before ever seeing Living in Oblivion. While that early Brad Pitt starring vehicle was a giant waste of time, it at least bothered to invite new viewers into its world. I get that a film about the process should be made to include those that get it. But, what about those on the outside? Even 20 years later, I still can’t get over that aspect of the film.

The Blu-Ray comes with brand-new interviews, commentary, Q&A and a deleted scene as the special features. The A/V Quality is quite impressive for a quite indie film. The 1080p transfer shines at the moments that need it. The DTS-HD master audio mono track seems thin since I remember this being at least a Dolby 2.0 master on DVD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 11/17/2015

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