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The Bottom Line

Across the Universe is a visually stunning, wild, trippy love story featuring a terrific young cast who do a fantastic job of bringing director Julie Taymor's vision to life on the screen. New interpretations of classic Beatles tunes move the story forward, capturing the spirit of the '60s while creating one of the most infectious musicals of this decade.

  • One of the best movies of 2007

  • Imaginative, engaging and unique
  • The DVD is loaded with bonus features

  • None worth noting

  • Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, and T.V. Carpio
  • Directed by Julie Taymor
  • Rated PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008

Guide Review - 'Across the Universe' 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD Review

The Story

Liverpudlian Jude (Sturgess) sets off for America to find the father he never knew. Once in the States, Jude makes friends with college student Max (Anderson) who's ready to leave academia behind to live a more bohemian lifestyle in New York.

Once in the Big Apple, Jude and Max share a flat with an interesting assortment of characters including a sexy singer named Sadie (Fuchs), a guitar-playing Jimi Hendrix look-alike (McCoy) and a lesbian cheerleader (Carpio) looking for love. They're also joined by Max's beautiful and sensitive sister Lucy (Wood) who captures Jude's heart.

The Bonus Features

Where to start? There are so many goodies included in the 2-disc Deluxe Edition Across the Universe DVD you need to devote a few extra hours to taking them all in. Everything you could possibly want to know about the production, the cast, and the music can be found somewhere in the extra material.

Director Julie Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal go into great detail, sharing their visions for the film and explaining how specific scenes were staged in their joint commentary track. The cast and crew share their appreciation for Taymor's artistry in the 'Creating the Universe' featurette. And each member of the young - and mostly unknown - cast gets a turn in the spotlight in the 'Stars of Tomorrow' segment. For those who can't get enough of the musical performances, the DVD bonus material includes eight extended musical sequences.

'All About the Music' gets into adapting The Beatles' music for the film while video effects supervisor provides the scoop on the look of the film in 'FX on the Universe'. 'Moving Across the Universe' provides a behind-the-scenes look at the choreography and how important it was for each scene to fit the overall tone of the movie. The DVD also includes 2 alternate takes by Eddie Izzard (Mr Kite) and one deleted scene.

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