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Across The Universe
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 129 (Mar 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy & T.V. Carpio

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary from Director Julie Taymor and Composer Elliott Goldenthal, one deleted scene, two versions of the same alternate scene (Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite in six minutes), a three-chapter photo gallery, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 19462
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Some drug content, nudity, violence and languate
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/05/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Julie Taymor
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jude (Sturgess) is a young dock worker in mid-1960's Liverpool who sets off to America to meet a father he has never known. When he arrives in the U.S., Jude meets a new friend's little sister, Lucy (Wood), and the two fall in love. Caught up in the anti-war psychedelia of the era, the two are torn apart and go their separate ways. Will the star-crossed lovers be able to find their way Across The Universe and find one another, again? (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD generally exhibits somewhat undersaturated colors and the color scheme is rather hot, dominated by hues of red, orange, and brown. Black levels are fairly deep, but there are many scenes that look somewhat milky, and shadow delineation is acceptably well rendered. The imagery can look sharp and detailed, but there are times when the picture can look somewhat soft. Pixel breakup is not overly problematic, but edge enhancement can be somewhat of a distraction on high-contrast transitions. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc features bold, vibrant colors and nicely rendered detail. Black levels are solid, but shadow delineation can be lacking in the near-blacks. The color scheme is still hot, and contrast is somewhat constrained, but the picture does look fairly good. (Danny Richelieu)

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