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Across the Universe

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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 reshaping 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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Set in America during the Vietnam War, Across the Universe is a powerful love story set against a backdrop of political and social unrest: it's a story of soul-searching, self-doubt, and individual powerlessness cleverly conveyed through a multitude of Beatles songs. Like young adults all across America during the 1960's, Jude (Jim Sturgess), Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), Max (Joe Anderson), Sadie (Dana Fuchs), Prudence (T.V. Carpio), and JoJo (Martin Luther) are in turmoil over the war; questioning their individual roles in the war effort and struggling to find a way to hold true to their beliefs while making a difference in the world. While love proves a powerful uniting force, its limitations become clear as relationships are strained and broken over individual perceptions of responsibility to cause and country. A fairly bizarre juxtaposition of extremely stylized, almost hallucinogenic scenes of swirling colors and reflections, highly choreographed dance segments, seemingly commonplace character interaction, and emotionally packed close-up footage of characters lost in contemplative song, this film imparts a good sense of the confusion and passion of the time and is at once powerful, invigorating, and disturbing. The film runs a bit long at 2-hours 11-minutes and several segments drag noticeably thanks to some incredibly slow song tempos. Warning: this production may change how you think about a favorite Beatles song forever. --Tami Horiuchi

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Special features

  • Commentary with Director Julie Taymor & Music Producer/Composer Elliot Goldenthal
  • "Creating The Universe"
  • "Stars of Tomorrow"
  • "All About the Music"
  • "Moving Through the Universe"
  • "FX on the Universe"
  • Eight Extended Musical Performances
  • "And I Love Her" Deleted Scene
  • Two live performances of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
  • Don Nace Art Gallery Blu-ray Exclusive

  • Product details

    • Actors: Evan Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy
    • Directors: Julie Taymor
    • Producers: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Matthew Gross
    • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
    • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG-13
      Parents Strongly Cautioned
    • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
    • Run Time: 133 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,766 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B000ZLFALS
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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