Across the Universe [DVD] [2007]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (77 out of 82)

Special Features


  • Deleted Scene
  • Commentary with Director Julie Taymor and Music Producer/Composer Elliot Goldenthal
  • 2 On-Set Performances of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
  • Also, exclusive to the DVD: Photo Gallery
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Across the Universe
Set against the anti-war protests, rock & roll revolution, and mind-expanding psychedelia of the 1960s, Julie Taymor's hallucinogenic musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as they and a small group of musicians are swept up in the raging waters of the volatile counterculture movement. Guided through their journey by a pair known only as Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard), Jude and Lucy are eventually forced to find their way back to one another after being split apart by powerful forces beyond their control. The music in the film consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during the time period depicted in the movie. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Evan Rachel Wood
    Evan Rachel Wood - Lucy
  • Jim Sturgess
    Jim Sturgess - Jude
  • Joe Anderson
    Joe Anderson - Max Carrigan
  • Martin Luther McCoy
    Martin Luther McCoy - Jo-Jo
  • T.V. Carpio
    T.V. Carpio - Prudence



Overall customer rating

4.7
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A History Lesson Via The Beatles & Julie Taymor

    Posted
    theTHXKid
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    Julie Taymor has created what I think is the most wonderful movie of this short century so far. Thrilling, thought provoking, entertaining, sad, this movie has it all & more. The story of two lovers set in the tumultuous 1960's follows Jude & his chance meeting with Maxwell's sister Lucy (yes, all the characters are names used in Beatles songs). If you have memories of the period you will love this film. If you're a history buff you will love this film. If you like the Beatles you will love this film. If you just want a nice romantic musical you will love this film. I don't want to spoil anything but I will say the rooftop scene (where they recreate the Beatles impromptu live free show atop the Abbey Road Studios) at the end brings me to tears each time I see it. Also the surprise cameos throughout are a true joy. You may recognize some of these kids as there obvious talent has helped their careers since this film. Als, much of the singing was done ive on the set as opposed to the usual ADR after the fact. With the entire of the Beatles music catalog available, director julie Taymor decided early on not to compromise the music for the sake of her story. The script went out the window when a challenge presented itself and the film was modified to fit the song rather than change the music. I love this movie so much I have given multiple copies away to many of my friends. THIS is something you want in YOUR "permanent" collection. Trust me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Psychadelic Fan Trip

    Posted
    MoviePhan

    Across the Universe is about as great a movie as you could make trying to incorporate as many of the Beatles songs as possible. The story at the beginning makes sense. You know where it's going and what it's characters' motivations are. The middle third however is a stream of unintelligible images as if the director was trying to simulate and acid trip in order to somehow take the viewer on a journey similar to what the Beatles themselves went through during the period in which the inclusive songs of the movie at this stage were written. When brought back to reality, the viewer notices the leads in a struggle love one another because of two very separate political ideals. The end is quite predictable and not really fitting to the rest of the story or to the Beatles songs that surround it. In the end the songs save the movie. Performances by Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson mask the dull and awkward performance by Evan Rachel Wood and provide Across the universe with a quiet, but distinctive voice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great musical movie

    Posted
    freckles230529

    If your a beatles junky then look no further. At first I didn't want to see it because I don't like musical I'm more f an action movie kind of girl. Boy was I wrong, this movie was full of action because it was focast on the Vietnam War. It was about how people in the 60's reacted to the war by combining the Beatles music and to show how the characters reacted to what was going on around them. This movie is very powerful and really picks up wha was going on in the world in the 60's. Across the Universe is an action, musical, and romantic movie packed in with alot more. The costumes and make up are unbelievable and the speacial effects can not even be compared to any other movie. You will regret not seeing this movie because it will blow your mind the first few minutes and once you start whatching it you'll never want to turn it off. In fact you'll want to whatch it again and again and again. This movie will rock your world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth sharing with your teen-agers

    Posted
    Niclous

    I took my teen-age daughter to see this movie right after Thanksgiving. While she was familiar with Beatles music this movie brought her a whole new appreciation. The actors proved up to the difficult task of working with near sacred songs. I liked this film because it managed to cross several genres; protest film, road trip, buddy film, musical and love story. While this movie will not be nominated for any academy awards, it was nonetheless a very enjoyable work. I bought the soundtrack within hours of seeing the movie and have found it to be great road music. Bono's version of "I am the Walrus" was excellent as was Joe Cocker's "Come Togethor" and Prudence's "I Want to Hold Your Hand." A visually enjoyable movie, but concentrate more on the music. All the actor's did their own singing and they succeeded in producing some fine new renditions of classic Beatles hits.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Film

    Posted
    ATLChris

    First let me say I watched this movie on Blu Ray NOT SD DVD. This is by far the best quality Blu Ray film I have ever seen. It is amazing 1080p quality, and the overall visual style of this film is amazing. While the story begins to dwindle about halfway through, it is still worth watching all the way through. While the story is great, and te visual style is amazing, the best part of this movie by far is the soundtrack. This movie is based on song lyrics from the beetles. The songs are performed by the actual actors in a musical style, but they are done very tastefully, and will make you like the individual songs alittle bit more. The songs are beautifully recreated in a more modern style, but still stay true to the originals. This is defiantly worth buying if you want to show off the quality of your Blu Ray player. I bought it blind, and I am not disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Dont believe the hype

    Posted
    dlhex

    I hate to sound like the bad guy, in comparison to the other reviews, but I found this movie rather disappointing! When this movie first came out I was really excited about it. Im a Beatles fan and Im also fond of musicals but for me the combination of the two just doesnt work for this one. Its seems as if this movie was made just to try to jump on the whole Beatles revivial band wagon. The begining isnt bad where you follow the courtship of "Jude" and "Lucy" but shortly after that it turns into a big mess. It seems as if they were trying to throw in as many beatles songs and refrences they can and it disconnects from the actual story. I realize youre supposed to go along on this journey with the music and the images but it just doesnt work for me. I must say that this movie has excellent cinematography and I still really love the beatles but unfortunately its just not enough to make this a good movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Movie

    Posted
    girlybball

    This movie is so amazing that after I had finally received it at home I watched it 3 times in the first two days I had it. There is no way I could ever be tired of the movie. The pictures are amazing and wild. The actors and actresses are fresh faces and each role is unique and fitting. With this deluxe addition it was really cool to be able to see on the bonus disc, interviews with the characters and the director. It really gives you an inside feeling of the charisma and emotion put into the movie. The shipping of the movie was good, there was only a little dent in the outer box of the dvd set but not in the case itself. Overall, yes I would suggest this movie to people, especially the deluxe edition. Not only do you learn a great deal of Beatles music, it also gives an inside look/feeling of the draft and the war. It creates a realization to what really happened. Two thumbs up for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUSICAL TREAT

    Posted
    THXKid
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    This is a journey through a period of time I experienced as a teenager. As a love story it's excellent. As a musical it's wonderful. As a documentary it's interesting. The guest star cameos are a delight, as is the adaptation of the story to the music. Julie Taymor has created a masterful film which I feel is the finest film so far in this century. I buy it for my friends & family & keep multiple copies myself for lending. 4 out of 4 stars. If you love the Beatles then you WILL like this film. If you were around in the 1960's you will cry at the parallels depicted within. I so wanna spoil & reveal all, but i'll only say that script would go out the window when it came to the music. Buy it at this great price. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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