- Actors: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon
- Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
- Format: PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
- Run Time: 165 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 985 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0095HHBRY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Cloud Atlas 
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From acclaimed filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, creators of The Matrix Trilogy, and Tom Tykwer, director of Run Lola Run, the powerful and inspiring sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
- A Film Like No Other--Three directors. Six stories across 800 years. Actors jumping through time, space and personality. How did three visionaries of cinema divvy up the filmmaking to create a coherent whole and how did this massive endeavour come to be?
Everybody loves a trier--and Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s genre-hopping epic of interlinking stories, is a deserving sci-fi contender that sets its originality and complexity against the grain of risk-averse Hollywood. The writers have heroically adapted David Mitchel’s bestselling 2004 novel, condensing its 500 pages into three brisk hours and ditching its famous chronology, in which successive time periods are arranged concentrically like Russian dolls. Instead, Cloud Atlas slides back and forth over its half-dozen stories--Victorian travelogue, interwar romance, 70s corporate thriller, bedroom farce, dystopian sci-fi and lyrical post-apocalypse--interlocking them like an enormous cross-word puzzle. As with the Wachowski’s Matrix trilogy, the overall plot of Cloud Atlas is an earnest epic of metaphysical freedom-fighting, and a daisy-chain of clues place the film’s themes of slavery (whether personal, political or corporate) and abolitionism as an eternal cycle in human history. Rejected by Hollywood in early production, Cloud Atlas was rescued by $100m of independent money and the good faith of its up-for-it cast--who bust a gut to inhabit multiple roles, including successive reincarnations of the same set of characters. Artistically, it just about breaks even as a sci-fi blockbuster: staring its critics down and flaunting its eccentric touches. These includes some out-there moments of race and gender promiscuity: Hugh Grant switches between a playboy pensioner, a Korean restaurateur and a grunting cannibal warlord; Hugo Weaving plays the silver-tongued demon Ol’ Georgie whilst holding down a side-role as Jim Broadbent’s bosomy matron; and Halle Berry is both a feisty Blacksploitation-era journalist and a deracinated English rose. Leading the cast is Tom Hanks, in the most generous performance of his career--diving in and out of wigs, accents, makeup and false teeth, exchanging dramatic leads for comic bit-parts and revolutionary heroics for panto villainy. A box office underachiever, Cloud Atlas is geared towards multiple viewings, and offers a rare glimpse of a major literary adaptation battling against production odds, and a cast and crew uncynically giving their all. --Leo BatchelorSee all Product description
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The very first time I saw Cloud Atlas I honestly could not decide if it was the best film I had ever seen or the worst - and that was a view shared by several friends who also saw the film. My mind told me it was disjointed, and deliberately abstruse, but my heart told there was a real gem here, if only I had the patience to find it. It took a second viewing, but I am so glad I had that patience.
Because ultimately I think this is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. Not only in what it does, what story it tells, what it teaches us of the human condition - but also, and perhaps more importantly, how it does it. I genuinely think that in 25-30 years this will be seen as a genre redefining movie. And maybe, if we are really lucky, it will be seen as a part of the process that enabled us to see our better selves.
If I could give more than 5 stars I would, without hesitation. It is, in my opinion, a work of genius.
I think the main idea is if you help somebody it starts a chain of events that connect in some unpredictable way in the past as well as in the future.
So glad to say this is a good way above your average Hollywood creation.
Wonderful character acting throughout with a script that draws you into every person's story in an evocative , engaging way .
As I loved the multi-layered meanings and possibilities in The Matrix the same applies here and I'm sure that I'll watch this for at least one more time to pick over the bones and enjoy yet more depth and nuance .
So impressed I've just ordered David Mitchell's book - if it stands up that will be one great author to add to the list.
It is a mixture of so many films, blade runner, Logan's run, the matrix, Swiss family Robinson and Terminator. The acting is superb, I can't believe that such a magnificent cast could all look so different in the interlocking stories. Jim Broadbent's character in the old peoples' home is very funny.
The film if full of murder, injustice, humor, adventure, sadness and at times scary (Tom Hanks scary demon).
I think I will really enjoy watching again and again and piecing together this strange but beautiful film.
In the third past it is so far into the future that language has changed. The fast pace of the movie means that clarity is altogether lost for the viewer. In the book, however, I did not find this change in language at all hard (there's time to take it in) - it actually added a lot for me, but then I am a great lover of words...
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