Sony goes Across the Universe

Julie Taymor’s loving tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo arrives early next year with a DVD and Blu-Ray Disc release of Across the Universe from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The enduring songs of The Beatles, set the tone for Across The Universe, a love story about a British boy and an American girl set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the 1960s. The stirring music of the Fab Four will drive the narrative, with the actors singing and dancing to the classic tunes. The film is directed by acclaimed filmaker Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus) and is a feast for the eyes with it’s stunning color and cutting edge visual style. Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) and Jim Sturgess play the young couple in love with supporting roles from Salma Hayek and Bono.

The 2-disc DVD will feature the film in anamophic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound as well as an Audio Commentary with Taymor and the film’s composer Elliot Goldenthal. Two Live performances of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” will be included as well. There will also be a number of Featurettes to be found on the second disc, such as “Creating The Universe,” “Stars of Tomorrow,” “All About the Music,” “Moving Through the Universe,” and “FX on the Universe.”

The Blu-Ray version will contain the same bonus materials as the DVD version but of course offer the film in 1080p high definition with Dolby Digital Plus audio tracks.

The release arrives as a 2-disc DVD for $27.95 on February 5th and will be available on Blu-Ray for $39.98 on the same day.

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