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Atonement [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) (2007)

James McAvoy , Keira Knightley , Joe Wright  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2013 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087ZG7TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Digital Copy of Atonement (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Joe Wright
  • The Making of Atonement
  • Novel to the Screen
  • Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the award-winning director of Pride and Prejudice comes a stunning, critically acclaimed epic story of love. When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrevocably change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast in the film critics are hailing "the year's best picture" (Thelma Adams, US Weekly).

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    56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Completely mesmerizing December 18, 2007
    "Atonement" is a great example of an excellent book that was seamlessly adapted for the big screen.

    Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, "Atonement" is the story of Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), a 13-year-old girl growing up in England in the year 1935. Briony is a very intense girl who is obsessed with storytelling. She witnesses a series of events between her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), and Robbie (James McAvoy), the son of the Tallis family's housekeeper. Briony things she understands what she sees, but she really doesn't. When a terrible crime is committed, Briony points the finger at the wrong man, sending an innocent person to prison and leaving Cecilia absolutely devastated.

    This is an amazing story about love, truth, and justice. I have read McEwan's novel, and I was blown away by how well this story transferred to the screen. Everything in the film looked just the way I'd envisioned it when I read the book, which is a great testament to the filmmakers. I was very impressed by many of the performances in the film, especially those of the actors portraying young Briony, Cecilia, and Robbie. Ronan is a superb young actress whose portrayal of Briony is absolutely brilliant. Knightley seems to get better and better with every film she makes, and "Atonement" is no exception. She brings Cecilia to life on screen and makes her evolve from a selfish girl with a high-and-mighty attitude to a passionate woman who will do anything to be with the man she loves. The on-screen chemistry between Knightley and McAvoy is unbelievably intense (that library!). I think Cecilia and Robbie will become one of cinema's most treasured couples, right up there with Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.
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    85 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven January 5, 2008
    You will appreciate the movie more if you have read the novel. It is not a straightforward love story and definitely not a war epic. It is also not an English society story from the 30s, though it starts as such. A young girl with writing ambitions has her share of frustrations with family and with a failed crush. She sees things and misunderstands them involving her elder sister and her crush. This leads to false accusations, a wrong arrest, a life badly damaged, a love unfulfilled. The script handles the misperceptions of the girl perfectly, we get to see things in different versions. It is like time moving in loops.
    The middle part shows us the struggles of the two separated lovers towards getting back to each other in the middle of war. Dunkerk for him, London hospitals' nursing wards during the bombing of London for her. The younger sister repents and tries to make up, but is rejected.
    The final and shortest part is set in the recent past and has the former young girl explain what happened. You will find that the story makes perfect sense and is well constructed.
    The book was one of McEwan's better ones. The movie is on par with the novel: I have rarely seen a better adaptation of such a novel. The script deserves an Oscar, as does the cinematography. Some of the images are outstanding, e.g. the 3 soldiers walking dejectedly and lost through France or Flanders towards uncertainty and Dunkerk, and the we see a bomber fly over them, but we see it only as its reflection in the small canal. Look at the pictures!
    The cast is excellent and I disagree with those who think that KK is miscast, though her performance in Pride and Prejudice was more impressive.
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    150 of 183 people found the following review helpful
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    For those who have had the immense pleasure of reading Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT not once but several times, basking in not only the brilliant story/mystery but also in the inordinately beautiful language, rest assured that the film not only does the book justice in the transference to the screen, but in the hands of screenplay writer Christopher Hampton (we know that McEwan approved of the modifications as McEwan is one of the producers of the film) becomes even more clear in its realization of the complex plot and finds the visual beauty inherent in McEwan's prose. Joe Wright as director steers this story well, finding just the right amount of back and forth nonlinear development that formed the magic of McEwan's initial weaving.

    The cast is uniformly superb. From the initial self-centered liar Briony Tallis (an impressive Saoirse Ronan) to the years' later sorrowfully guilty young nurse Briony (Romola Garai) to the 'epilogue' Briony of Vanessa Redgrave, the entire story is adroitly centered on this perpetrator of tragedy. But without the power of James McAvoy's falsely accused Robby Turner and Keira Knightley's tragic Cecilia Tallis the triad would not work. Even the smaller yet important roles assigned to Gina McGee, Brenda Blethyn, Jérémie Renier and countless others are played to perfection.

    The cinematography by Seamus McGarvey captures not only the misty tranquility of 1935 pre-war England complete with creative use of luminous light sources as well as the raw brutality of the battlefields as England enters WW II. Dario Marianelli's music score (much of it played by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved this movie
    Published 1 day ago by barbara james
    5.0 out of 5 stars This film starring James McAvoy is an Outstanding Film...
    And thus it deserves *5* stars! I will not go into details about the film as I am sure
    other reviewers have done, but suffice to say it was a movie up for Academy Awards... Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Robert Pylant
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie
    My husband wanted to watch this movie for a song that was sung in it. We watched the movie with tears in our eyes for some of it.Human nature can be so bad some times. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Thacker
    3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing but well done
    It's beautifully filmed and I have no problem with the direction, but it's not a feel-good movie. There's hardly any joy in it.
    Published 1 month ago by K Renee Baldwin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad--but Be Sure to Read the Book
    If you rely on this film to replace Ian McEwan's wonderful novel, you will be missing a lot. Several significant episodes are deleted, important characters are ignored, and the... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Cariola
    5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected
    I truly enjoyed the movie. I was very surprised and sadden by the ending. A little part of me wanted to see little girl/old lady get what was coming to her... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by sclare
    5.0 out of 5 stars cinema and storyline
    a beautifully crafted piece of elemental tragedy and loss. powerful and touching and deeply moving on many levels i cannot recommend this movie highly enough. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by will crow
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
    Movie was too slow and hard to follow. Would not recommend to young people, nor would I recommend to anyone.
    Published 2 months ago by Sandra M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Atonement
    First time to rewatch since the year of its release so no surprises this time around, which gave more opportunity to appreciate the acting & cinematography. Memorable movie.
    Published 2 months ago by Gary M
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
    Beautiful story of loyalty and family. Great performances by cast. Absolutely lovely. I would recommend this movie to all my friends.
    Published 3 months ago by J. Garrett
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