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Across the Universe

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 133
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2007
Video Release: 04 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Also set in this tumultuous era, Dreamgirls tells the story of a trio of young singers and the cost of their rise to fame. An unknown band that becomes a one-hit-wonder rises to the brink of success in That Thing You Do. The film Bobby examines the political climate and social issues of the same time period.

Home Video Extra Features

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.

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