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Across the Universe (2007)

Evan Rachel Wood  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (980 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (980 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002G1K82Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary with Director Julie Taymor & Music Producer/Composer Elliot Goldenthal
"And I Love Her" Deleted Scene
Two live performances of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
DVD Exclusive Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono, Across the Universe is "the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

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270 of 286 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Love September 14, 2007
If it were possible to go into the mind and film the imagination, if one could actually get a glimpse of a creative spark and present it as a movie, the end result would look something like "Across the Universe." Here is a film so vibrant, colorful, and imaginative that it practically flies off the screen. It's not something you simply watch; this richly detailed musical fantasy is something you fully experience, from the stunning visuals to the brilliant soundtrack. Few films have successfully incorporated previously written song material into an original story; one notable exception is Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge," in which songs by Elton John, David Bowie, Madonna, The Police, and many others were interwoven. "Across the Universe" gets its inspiration from the music of The Beatles--every song fit the story so naturally, it's almost as if they were specially written for the film.

But as much as I enjoyed it, I can't help but feel that I'm the wrong person to review it; not only have I never listened to the music of The Beatles, I also never lived through the 1960s. "Across the Universe" explores the dynamic atmosphere of that era, from the artistic movements to the social unrest to the turbulent political climate. I can't pretend that I know what the filmmakers were saying or why they were saying it, and I certainly don't know what point The Beatles were trying to make. But I can still appreciate this movie. And I do; "Across the Universe" thrives on energy and ingenuity, and it isn't afraid to tell a simple yet effective love story through music.

The plot focuses on Jude (Jim Sturgess), a young dockworker and artist from Liverpool. He travels to America in search of his father, who was stationed in England during the Second World War.
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173 of 183 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there anybody going to listen to my story December 16, 2007
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There have been several movies that have tried to make the music of The Beatles a central focus of their reason d'existence. Some - like The Beatles' own A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine - are perfect, some are not (the dismal "All This and World War Too"). Even the camp classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was so bad it was worth seeing because of the music. Heck, even the forgettable I Am Sam raked in a killer soundtrack thanks to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

But they've got nothing on "Across The Universe." Taking the turmoil and tumult of the sixties and re-imagining it through the lyrics of Beatle's songs, it is a trippy, hallucinogenic ride that is a visual and sonic feast. Jude (from Liverpool, naturally) comes to the US to find his American soldier dad (Robert Clohessy, a regular from Oz - The HBO prison drama) only to collide with rich kid renegade Max and then to fall for his sister, Lucy. Suddenly, they find themselves in NYC with a Janis Joplinish landlady, Sadie, and her Jimi Hendrixian boyfriend, Jojo.

The sixties then take their turn into the war, and the drama unfolds as Jude falls for Lucy ("I've Just Seen a Face"), Max finds himself drafted ("I Want You") and Lucy falls under the spell of the anti-war movement leader.
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Love is all you really need' April 26, 2008
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Julie Taymor once again uses her considerable innovative magic to create a film that not only is mesmerizingly beautiful to watch, but also a 'semi-documentary' about the world changes that occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s as young people for the first time spoke out against the war in Vietnam, the death of Martin Luther King, and the senseless mayhem that extended from the battlefields of Vietnam to the streets of America, all set to the significant, timely music of the Beatles. It sounds like an impossible juxtaposition of themes and ideas, but in Taymor's hands it succeeds.

Opening in Liverpool, England (where the Beatles began their impact on music and thought) we met Jude (Jim Sturgess), a working class boy with the gifts of an artist who decides to set off on a sea journey to meet the father he has never known. Once in New York he meets Max (Joe Anderson) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) who represent the wealthy class, but who both show roots of rebellion against the comfortable norm and an objection to the war that is festering like an abscess in the rice paddies of Vietnam. Jude meets his janitor father in a union that is anticlimactic, and in disappointment he falls in with Max, living the artists' life in the Village with free-wheeling singer Sadie (Dana Fuchs), her beau/guitarist JoJo (Martin Luther) and their newest tenant Prudence (T.V. Carpio), an Asian girl trying to find her place in a confusing world. The group eventually bond with music and rebellion mixed with free love and the passion that they can make a difference, while around them racial crises are at a peak and the draft tags many of the young men (including Max) for the war they cannot condone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think the acting is fantastic, and again the cinematography and...
This is a visually stunning film with raw emotions, not to mention a soundtrack that pays homage to the Beatles. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the music!
Like this story and love the music! A fantastic Beatle ride down memory lane.
Published 1 day ago by Feline Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars one of THE best of its genre, ever!
One of THE most original, creative cinematic achievements I have ever seen! I would like to imagine that the story, music, casting, technology, and direction would have made the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Howard Feingold
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie
Amazing!
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked the movie so much that I decided to buy it!!
Published 6 days ago by Pochita
5.0 out of 5 stars ... it won't be hard to say the movie was great. The soundtrack waa...
Being a Beatle fan it won't be hard to say the movie was great. The soundtrack waa wonderful. Great movie
Published 6 days ago by Geneva Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars great but different movie
great but different movie. if you are a beatles fan you will love it. all music in the movie is beatles song done differently.
Published 7 days ago by John Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Published 8 days ago by William Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a watch or several
On of the best movies I've seen. they did an amazing job redoing the beetles songs.
Published 8 days ago by Katelynb9
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatle Fan Must Buy !!!
Great movie with a different type of story using beatle songs throught the whole movie !!!
Published 10 days ago by Crossphyre
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Mar 10, 2008 by Galley |  See all 11 posts
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I bought the Target edition and the book is pretty cool. It's called "The Rough Guide to The Beatles" and is full of info and b&w pics of all things Beatle. Running at 325 pages, the small book is stuffed following the early, middle, and solo careers of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
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