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zmu| Across the Universe
Director: Julie Taymor
Screenplay: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Producer: Matthew Gross, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson (VI), Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther (II)
Genre: Musical

Running Time: 133
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 PG-13
DVD Release:  Feb 2008 Discs:  2 (Cloud) [$19.94]
Reviews:  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 "

Beyond "Across the Universe"
On Blu-ray
The Deluxe Soundtrack
"Beatles" audio CD
Stills from "Across the Universe" (click for larger image)

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