ACROSS THE UNIVERSE - MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE DELUXE - 2 DISC VERSION
A love story set in the 1960's amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock `n roll. Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements with "Dr. Robert" (Bono) and "Mr. Kite" (Eddie Izzard) as their guides.
FEATURING SONGS FROM THE GREATEST SONGWRITERS OF ALL TIME, PERFORMED BY THE CAST INCLUDING EVAN RACHEL WOOD, JIM STURGESS, DANA FUCHS, MARTIN LUTHER McCOY, BONO, JOE COCKER AND EDDIE IZZARD
Package art will incorporate stills from pivotal scenes from the movie and a 16-page folder foldout poster with a strawberry image.
Given a track record littered by misfired oddities like the Bee Gees starring in the 1978 movie version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, successfully transforming The Beatles' epochal oeuvre into film musicals has been an elusive alchemy. Yet director Julie Taymor's 1968-centered, socio-political romance is more than just a stunning visual achievement. Its soundtrack brings a crucially intimate, emotionally engaging sensibility to its rich catalog of Beatles source material. Using an approach she rightly dubbed "organic," Taymor never gets too ambitious with the original arrangements, balancing the plaintive, often stark performances of central young stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood with equally compelling turns by supporting players Carol Woods and Joe Anderson. The stars successfully evoke early Beatlemania via the energetic charms of Sturgess' "All My Loving" and Wood's "It Won't Be Long," then get straight to the canon's often melancholy heart on his take of "In My Life," and her gentle cover of "Blackbird." Taymor's use of star turns--the entire point of too many Beatles-rooted projects--is as sparing as it is deft. Eddie Izzard's effusive "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" is the product of several edited improvisations, while U2's Bono and Edge re-imagine "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" by way of Pink Floyd. Joe Cocker's swamp-dirge "Come Together" shows why he's long been one of the best interpreters of the Lennon-McCartney catalog, and Dana Fuchs alternately evokes the heavenly and hellish via her tender "Dear Prudence," as well as her manic, Joplin-channeling burn through "Helter Skelter." Elsewhere on the CD, Bono teams with Secret Machine for the straightforward "I Am the Walrus," while the Dallas indie rockers also take dream-pop turns on the instrumental "Flying" and George Harrison's haunting "Blue Jay Way." Remarkably, Taymor claims the bulk of the performances here were not lip-synced, but recorded live as the cameras rolled.--Jerry McCulley
Across The Universe - Original Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
One of several surprise musical movie hits of 2007, the innovative and captivating film Across the Universe unraveled itself almost as a continuation of the 1995 "new" Beatles single and video montage, "Free as a Bird" and the popular Cirque Du Soleil's Love show.
The plot of Across the Universe is fairly digestible: An enduring "Romeo & Juliet" romance between two young love-struck characters named Jude and Lucy. What ignites the spark in this film, however, is the fact that this plot is told almost entirely through the timeless hits of the Beatles.
This soundtrack boosts the performances of the film's many celebrity cameos, including Joe Cocker and U2's Bono, in uplifting and hair-raising renditions of the Fab Four hits. While it is difficult to argue that any of the songs are not worthy of praise, the standout covers include Cocker's rootsy stomping version of "Come Together", Eddie Izzard's "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" and Bono's weirdo rendition of "I am the Walrus," featuring the Secret Machines.
This deluxe edition includes expanded packaging and a 16-page folder foldout strawberry poster.
Favorite Tracks - "I Am The Walrus" - Bono And the Secret Machines, "Girl" - Jim Sturgess, "Come Together" - Joe Cocker.
Sabrina, Tower Pulse - 01/23/2008
If you enjoy the soundtrack, you are surely going to love the film - available on both DVD and Blu-Ray at Tower Video.
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