DVD Shopping Bag: Cloud Atlas Blu-ray (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Source: Mania.com

When Cloud Atlas arrived last October, it opened to mix reviews. The trailer was fascinating with its different time lines and enormous cast. For multiple reasons (time constraints, busy work schedule), I didn’t get to see Cloud Atlas. The funny thing was that everyone else I knew had seen it. The opinions were a stark contrast. “Awesome”. “A film that, 10 years from now, will be seen as a game changer”. “It’s tough to get over Halle Berry”. “Hanks was good, but, then again, when isn’t he”. “The Future Speak was terrible”. “The opening love scene is a tough one to get over”. “Boring”. “F”. “I loved it”. I suddenly realized that Cloud Atlas had become that season’s Prometheus and John Carter. You either loved it or you hated it. 


When I finally found the time to see Cloud Atlas, it was gone. It could have been bad press, bad word of mouth, or perhaps the theaters didn’t want to run the 172 minute movie anymore. I promised myself that when Cloud Atlas arrived on Blu-ray, I would watch it. It’s one benefit of writing this column, perspective and the comfort of watching it home. After all, with a 172 minute run time, I could go to the bathroom, press pause, go for jog, or at least do my laundry at the same time. None of that happened. Cloud Atlas kept my attention the entire time. 


With the perspective that every major cast member plays multiple parts in different time lines, a strange game was created. Is that Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, or Ben Whishaw? Make-up designers Daniel Parker and Jeremy Woodhead really did get snubbed at the Academy Awards. They didn’t even get a nomination for their amazing work. It’s one to thing to add a big nose to Tom Hanks, but to make Halle Berry look like... well, I don’t want to ruin the surprise (see all the nominations and awards for the film here on IMBD). Make-up and “who’s that actor” does not make a movie. Thankfully, there was more to Cloud Atlas.


The plot of Cloud Atlas is a simple one. Everything that has happened will happen again. The characters and the audience are forced to ask themselves, can we change human nature? The issues dealt with are slavery, power, greed, and imprisonment. Those issues are played out over hundreds of years spanning from the South Pacific 1849 to “The Big Island” 2321. Family and love are the keys to change what has come before. It might be a soft hearted movie for some but can love change the world? Can one man’s love for another keep the other safe? Is it beyond us to simply do the right thing? To piece it all together is mind boggling. What does a freed slave in 1849 have to do with a book publisher in 2012? Nothing, until you look at their stories side by side. 


There are some amazing visuals concocted by directors, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski. Each story set in its own time, has a distinct feel, and immediately brings you back to that moment of the story. The score by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Kilmek, and Tom Tykwer also sets a perfect mood. It would have to since one of the six stories features an English musician writing “The Cloud Atlas Sextet”. 


The best advice that anyone can receive for Cloud Atlas is this. Give yourself over to the movie. Allow yourself to be taken to all those different places and embrace the characters. What is here is amazing and a true treat for those who truly love cinema and the power it can have to tell a story. 


Top 5 Picks of the Week:

1. Cloud Atlas Blu-ray

2. Glory Master in 4K Single Disc Blu-ray

3. 3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

4. Land of Pharaohs

5. Jubal (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

 

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Angels & Demons (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Back to 1942 Starring Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins, Daoming Chen and Fan Xu

Back to 1942 [Blu-ray] Starring Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins, Daoming Chen and Fan Xu

Captive Starring Eric Breker, Dalias Blake and Kendra Anderson

Escape [Blu-ray] Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Kristian Espedal

Gone BluRay Edition [Blu-ray] Starring John Brotherton, Diana Parks, Eric Escalante

Home Sweet Home Starring Shaun Benson, Adam MacDonald and Marty Adams

Stripped Starring Alvaro Orlando, Carson Aune, Josh Cole and Nicole Sienna

Taxi Driver (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Tomorrow You're Gone [Blu-ray] Starring Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe

Tomorrow You're Gone Starring Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe

ANIME

Colorful: The Motion Picture [Blu-ray]

Darker Than Black: Complete Season 2 Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring John Swasey, Brina Palencia and Jason Liebrecht

Fushigi Yugi Ova: Mysterious Play (2013)

Kämpfer für die Liebe Starring Kana Asumi, Kaori Nazuka, Marina Inoue and Megumi Nakajima

My Bride is a Mermaid: Complete Box Set S.A.V.E. Starring Juli Erickson, Todd Haberkorn and Christopher R. Sabat

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian

Pokémon Black & White 4 Starring Eileen Stevens, Ikue Ohtani, Jason Griffith

The Official Digimon Adventure: Volume 3 Starring Motoko Kumai, Hiroki Takahashi, Yasuhiro Takato

Tiger & Bunny, Set 2 [Blu-ray] Starring Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita, Wally Wingert,

CARTOONS

Taz-Mania: Taz on the Loose- Season One, Vol. 1 (1991) Starring Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche

CLASSICS

Command Decision Starring Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson

Land of the Pharaohs Starring Joan Collins, Jack Hawkins and Dewey Martin

Second Chorus Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Starring Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith

Three Faces West [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, Charles Coburn

Three Faces West Starring John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, Charles Coburn

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Ghostbusters (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Starring Chico Marx, Edgar Kennedy, Groucho Marx and Harpo Marx

The Other Guys (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Criterion Collection

3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection) Starring Van Heflin and Glenn Ford

3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Van Heflin and Glenn Ford

Jubal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger and Valerie French

Jubal (Criterion Collection) Starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger and Valerie French

HORROR

Fangoria Presents: Germ Z Starring Marguerite Sundberg, Michael Flores and Mark Chiappone

Home Sweet Home Starring Shaun Benson, Adam MacDonald and Marty Adams

Locker Starring Natalie Dickinson, Stacy Cunningham and Farah White

Monstrosity Starring John Dugan, Billy Blackwell, Cassie Lynn Young,

Texas Chainsaw [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

Texas Chainsaw [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Glory (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY / SUPERHERO

The Amazing Spider-Man (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy) (2013)

Battle Los Angeles (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Brave New World Starring Leonard Nimoy, Peter Gallagher and Daniel Dae Kim

Brave New World [Blu-ray] Starring Leonard Nimoy, Peter Gallagher and Daniel Dae Kim

Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack) Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving

Cloud Atlas (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving

Spider-Man (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Total Recall (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Transmigration Starring Andrew Treglia

TV LAND

Bearcats! The Complete Series Starring Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole

Combat!: The Complete Second Season Starring Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Eddie Albert and James Caan

Dexter: The Seventh Season [Blu-ray]

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Complete and UNCUT Starring Michael Landon and Victor French

3rd Rock From the Sun - The Complete Series Starring John Lithgow, Kirsten Johnston and French Stewart

That 70s Show - The Complete Series Starring Topher Grace, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Tinman - The Mini-Series Event Starring Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough

Tinman - The Mini-Series Event - BD [Blu-ray] Starring Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough

BOX SETS

Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection Starring Fraggles

 



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