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Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) 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 (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing 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.

My Thoughts
This is one of those movies that I’ve meant to see for years, but never got around to it. I’m a fan of The Beatles music and I’d caught various scenes on cable over time and it seemed like a story that I’d like. For the most part I do, but the second act is somewhat bizarre—kind of like some of The Beatles music in the late 1960’s, and this detour almost made me turn it off. I liked the love story aspect and the singing from the main characters doesn’t detract at all from the film.

Video 9/10 (MVC)

Audio 9/10 (Dolby Atmos)

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Extended Musical Performance
  • Deleted Scene
  • Commentary
  • 5 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy

It’s hard to believe more than 10 years went by before I was finally able to catch this one. The UHD presentation is quite good and I especially liked the soundtrack, which features a very robust midrange bass that provide quite a punch. I didn’t particularly care for the politics of the film and felt it could have cut a good 20 to 30 minutes in the editing room, but it’s something I’d probably watch again in the future due to the music.