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Genre: Romance/Musical
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Max Carrigan, Dana Fuchs, Bono
Director: Julie Taymor
Rating: NC-16 (Some Nudity)
Year Made: 2007




- Commentary with Director Julie Taymor & Music Producer/Composer Elliot Goldenthal
- Extended Musical Performances
- Creating the Universe
- Stars of Tomorrow
- All about the Music
- Moving through the Universe
- "And I Love Her" Deleted Scene
- FX on the Universe
- Photo Gallery



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 13 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growiing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.


Suspend your beliefs and dive into the world that is Across the Universe. This is not a conventional movie. You don’t watch it for a good plot. This is not a conventional musical. You don’t watch it to hear powerful vocals. This Julie Taymor-directed film is about an experience – an experience that you have to see and listen for yourself. And it definitely helps if you are a Beatles fan.

This 133-minute picture includes over 30 Beatles’ songs sung by fictional characters living in the 1960s. Set in England, America, and Vietnam, this story follows Lucy and Jude (a nice coincidence as the songs titles will reveal later) as they fall hopelessly against the backdrops of the anti-war movement and social protests of the 60s.

Do not be disappointed by the clichéd love story played out by the good-looking young stars Evan Rachel Wood (The Upside of Anger, Running with Scissors) and Jim Sturgess (The Other Boleyn Girl, 21). Instead, be swept away by the directors’ creativity as she creates a visually enticing stage for her viewers. Filmmaker Taymor (Frida, Titus) is known for her knowledge in international folklore and mythology, as well as her enthusiasm and passion for theatre. Hence you’d get musical numbers that are uniquely cross-genre and cross-cultural. Watch out for musical sequences like the trippy and psychedelic “I am the Walrus”, the crazy and colorful “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and the hypnotic and magnetic “Happiness is a Warm Gun”. You have to see how they play out against the context of the film to realize how imaginative and inventive the filmmakers are.

While there are quirky songs, there are beautiful numbers to enjoy too. The lyrical “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, the heartbreaking “Let it be” and the gorgeous “Dear Prudence” are songs you’d want to put on repeat modes on your player.

The cast is spot on for this picture as well. Other than the attractive Rachel Wood and Sturgess, the energetic performances of Joe Anderson (an English actor playing Lucy’s brother), TV Carpio (daughter of Asian singing star Teresa Carpio playing the lesbian roommate) will engage you. Musically trained Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy add to the credibility of the movie, and a cameo by Irish rock band U2 vocalist Bono adds to the fun of the movie.

This is a picture you have to experience for yourself. The colors, the art, the design, the music, the dance and how they all come together makes up the magic that is Across the Universe.


This Code 3 2-disc Collector’s Edition DVD contains a generous amount of extra features that will please any true fan of the movie.

Disc 1:
Commentary with Julie Taymore and Elliot Goldenthal– The feature length commentary by the director and the music producer/ composer sheds light on several artistic decisions made for the movie. You’ll get to hear how certain dialogue created controversy during the scripting stage and how the six main characters of the movie were introduced one by one through the different Beatles songs.

”And I Love Her” Deleted Scene – Hear Luther McCoy croon this tune in the rundown apartment with Fuchs lying on the bed.

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite alternate takes – See how Eddie Izzard performs the kooky song in miraculous one take in two different versions here.

Photo Gallery – Take a look at production stills, design photographs and behind the scene pictures for the movie.

Previews – There are trailers for other Sony releases like 21, The Other Boleyn Girl, Vantage Point and Persepolis.

Disc 2:
Creating the Universe – The 29-minute featurette is a detailed documentation of the movie’s production process. Cast and crew are interviewed on how the film was conceptualized and what great joy it was to work with Taymore because of her strong visions. It is also touching to see them break down with true emotions during the filming of the tear-jerking number “Let it be”.

Stars of Tomorrow – The 27-minute featurette introduces the leads and shows how each of them were specially picked for their roles. Hear how Rachel Wood found it difficult to sing certain songs and how Carpio’s father showed so much enthusiasm he got a part in the movie.

All About the Music – The 15-minute clip has Oscar winner Goldenthal talking about the musical arrangements of certain songs in the movie. Hear how a quiet introduction works for the opening sequence “Girl” and how the same approach works for “If I Fell”.

Moving Across the Universe – In this 9-minute clip, you get to hear how choreography plays an important role in both out of this world sequences like “Come Together” and naturalistic ones like “With a Little Help from my Friends”.

FX on the Universe – The amazing computer generated effects of this movie are revealed in this 7-minute clip where you see how “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and the psychedelic end credits are created.

Extended Musical Performances – Relive some of the most magical songs like “Hold Me Tight”, “Dear Prudence” and “Something” in this 35-minute clip.


The visual transfer is impressive and showcases the film’s intricate art design. There are language options of English, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 available.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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