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Across the Universe [UMD Mini for PSP] [2007] [US Import]

Evan Rachel Wood , Jim Sturgess , Julie Taymor    Suitable for 12 years and over   UMD Mini for PSP
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Writers: Julie Taymor, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • Producers: Ben Haber, Charles Newirth, David Brown, Derek Dauchy
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZBEOF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 colours 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 favourite Beatles song forever. --Tami Horiuchi


The Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool. Eager to escape, he travels to Princeton where he meets Max (Joe Anderson). But it's his meeting with Max's younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) that changes him. They quickly fall in love, but their relationship is tested by the chaos of the late 1960s and Max's unwilling tour in Vietnam. Throughout the film, characters burst into classics from The Beatles: students sing 'With a Little Help from My Friends', while Uncle Sam bursts from a recruitment poster with strains of 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'. U2's Bono makes a cameo as a counterculture leader and croons 'I Am the Walrus', and Eddie Izzard provides a trippy rendition of 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite'.
Sturgess puts in a charming and earnest performance as Jude and is certainly capable of carrying the film. Wood capably balances Lucy's naivete and knowledge, easily moving between her love for Jude and her passion for her cause. Though the performances are strong, it's Taymor's gifted direction that makes Across the Universe so fascinating to watch. As in Frida and Broadway's The Lion King, she proves herself an artist with creativity few can match. Director of photography Bruno Delbonnel also deserves praise for his contribution to the striking visuals. He has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Amelie and A Very Long Engagement, and he brings the same sense of romance and whimsy to this unique musical.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thing of rare beauty 16 Feb 2009
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
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A musical is a cinematic form which is an acquired taste for some. However, if you allow yourself to suspend belief for a couple of hours and let this film wash over you like a warm wave then you will emerge uplifted and joyous through the experience.
Without wishing to offer a blow by blow account of the film, suffice it to say that visually the film is glorious,the tale is told with wit and ingenuity and the music is of course sublime.
A beautiful way to spend an evening....enjoy !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is ...Another DVD Cover 12 Aug 2008
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I was initially put off by the "Mills and Boon" style dvd front cover and the potentially naff idea of creating a romantic narrative through press-ganging songs into use when they have such significance in their own right. But the film reveals successive delights. The director is truly inspired and her film is terrific visually, emotionally and musically.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Love 28 Aug 2009
Across The Universe is a love story set in the late 1960's which follows Jude and Lucy as they experience some of the key events of this time, set to the music of the Beatles. This is a double-edged sword as it can alienate the kind of fan who believes that the original version is the definitive version. Someone actually said 'why mess with perfection' when slating this film to me. Another flaw/strength is how visually rich and experimental it is, this makes it stunningly beautiful to watch, but can be too 'trippy' for some viewers. This film is highly reccommended to everyone but I would advise watching it twice, especially those who didn't enjoy it first time around, as it may just surprise you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 25 July 2008
Me and my girlfriend watched this film not long ago, and to be honest I wasn't keen because I'm not a fan of the beatles! However after watching this film I wasn't swayed into being a fan but I very quickly agreed with my girlfriend buying the soundtrack with a amazon voucher. Purely because the DVD wasn't out at the time. I'll be honest I still don't owe this film but I will make a purchase straight after writing this review. This is one of the few films which would be well worth a £19.99 price label the story and songs work incredibly well its almost scary! This film is nothing short of a Masterpiece and deserves to be sat on everybodies DVD shelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know by now... 18 May 2008
By Richard
The movie works on every level-you have the perfect excuse for the main character to uproot to the States,you have the dream sequences and above all you have the songs.
Jim Sturgess is heard at the beginning singing an unaccompanied Girl-and sounds just like David Essex!
Comparable Beatles inspired movies to this one would be Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,Give my regards to Broadway and All this & World War 2 so its not a new idea to use Beatles songs and characters.
Joe Cocker has long had a connection with the Beatles-in 1964 his first single was the Sun styled version of I'll cry instead then 4 years later his radical remake of With a little help from my friends.A year later he was the first to record the Harrison song Something.
Here he sings Come together as he saves a guy from being run over in the street and looks for all the World like a beggar looking for a handout!
Only downer in this film is the ridiculous and unfunny Eddie Izzard.
Its manna from Heaven for those who like me go for Beatles covers-the CD has many more left out of the movie.
However without the Beatles music its something of a non story which struggles to make sense
The 2nd disc with the DVD is about the making of the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need is HDTV 24 Sep 2009
Apart from being an interesting movie for a Beatles fan, this Blu-Ray disc deserves two thumbs up for its technical side. I own a lot of Blu-Rays and I have watched a lot more, and when it comes to picture quality, this disc is nothing short of flawless. This might be the best HDTV presentation I have seen so far, even if I compare it with the superbly presented Baraka. The picture looks absolutely crisp, very detailed and it shows very strong colors too. There is a mild amount of grain visible, but it has not been implemented artificially and it only adds to the overall analogue feel of the picture. Furthermore, it is very constant throughout the movie, even in dark scenes.
The image lacks anything that even remotely looks like digital enhancement, there is no edge enhancement or noise reduction visible in any scene, no digital artifacts can be seen even in critical images, e.g. when we see Jude sitting on the beach surrounded by countless flying shreds of paper, or in some of the underwater scenes. There, even the tiniest air bubbles can be made out without any digital noise diminishing the general impression of brilliance that comes with the general look of the film.
Flowers, blades of grass, costumes, the stubble on the guys' faces, everything is shown in the best possible amount of detail 1080p has to offer.
The sound is presented in Dolby True HD 6.1, and it is as good as the picture. The master volume is a little low, but the dynamics and the clarity especially in those scenes that contain music are as pristine as the image. Those of you who don't like modern wall of sound production should definitely give this a try, as well as anyone who is looking for a disc to check the capabilities of a TV set with. Absolutely stunning and highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC MOVIE - Great value for money!
Great film full of the songs from the Beatles. Set in Liverpool and America, it's not just a musical but has much more depth. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeleivable
I bought this dvd out of curiosity. Imagine my surprise when I found a good storyline and a plethora of Beatles songs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Allen Trevor Dix
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant film!
Visually stunning film brought to life in vivid colour on Blu-ray Disc. I love the Beatles music and the way it's portrayed in this musical is absolutely brilliant. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Matter of taste I guess
I was expecting better. I didn't even bother to watch it all the way through & gave it to a friend
Published 6 months ago by ballisticpussycat
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Is Anyone Going To Listen To My Story?..."
Messing with an icon like The Beatles song catalogue is like doing a whoopsie on the Crown Jewels - probably not a smart move - but fun and imaginative nonetheless. Read more
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