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Flower power blooms in this movie musical about Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), two lovers caught up in the 1960s' Cultural Revolution and protesting the Vietnam War.
Why Is Across the Universe Rated PG-13?
Across the Universe is rated PG-13 For some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language.
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Using a script peppered with strong profanities and an extreme sexual expletive, this film delves into the drug scene of the sixties, showing repeated uses of illegal substances, cigarettes and alcohol. Sparked by strong feeling of anti-war sentiment, the characters also participate in protests that involve gun violence, bloody injuries, police enforcement and vandalism. Depictions of the war in Vietnam include soldiers under fire, bombing raids and the corpses of thinly clothed, disfigured women. Nudity, consisting of female and male buttock nudity along with female frontal shots, is seen in both sexual and non-sexual scenarios. Conversations dealing with a woman’s anatomy, war crimes, illegitimate children and death are also contained in the film.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of Across the Universe...
Across the Universe stretches across two discs in this DVD release of the movie. Bonus extras include eight extended musical performances, a deleted scene and commentary from director Julie Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal. In addition there are five featurettes: Creating the Universe (cast and crew discuss the making of the film), Stars of Tomorrow (an inside look at the film’s rising stars), All About the Music, FX on the Universe (VFX supervisor Kyle Cooper explores the visual effects) and Moving Across the Universe (with choreographer Daniel Ezralow). As well, the DVD provides a photo gallery with over 100 images.
Across the Universe will also be available in BLU-RAY format. This version of the movie includes all the aforementioned bonus materials, except the photo gallery is swapped for an art gallery of Jude’s drawings (which are actually the work of Don Nace).
Both presentations offer audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Spanish and Portuguese, with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean and Thai.