Atonement (HD & DVD Combo)

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Product Overview

From the award-winning director of Pride & Prejudice comes a stunning, critically acclaimed epic story of love. When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrrevocably change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast in the film critics are calling "the year's best picture" (Thelma Adams, US Weekly).

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 207379249
UPC 025195011815
UPC 14 00025195011815
Format HD DVD
Release Date 3/18/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Anthony Minghella - Actor
Brenda Blethyn - Actor
Christopher Hampton - Screenplay
Daniel Mays - Actor
Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Ian Bailie, et. al. - Art Director
Ian McEwan - Executive Producer
Ian McEwan - Based On Novel By
James McAvoy - Actor
Joe Wright - Director
Keira Knightley - Actor
Paul Tothill - Editor
Romola Garai - Actor
Saoirse Ronan - Actor
Sarah Greenwood - Production Designer
Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer
Tim Bevan - Producer
Vanessa Redgrave - Actor
Awards
Winner (2008) British Academy Awards, Tim Bevan, et. al., Best Film,British Academy Awards, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Best Production Design,Golden Globe, Atonement, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Dario Marianelli, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, Dario Marianelli, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominee (2008) Oscar, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Oscar, Seamus McGarvey, Best Achievement in Cinematography,Oscar, Jacqueline Durran, Best Achievement in Costume Design,Oscar, Tim Bevan, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year,Oscar, Saoirse Ronan, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Christopher Hampton, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner (2007) Venice Film Festival, Joe Wright, Prize of the Forum for Cinema and Literature
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Joe Wright's interpretation of Ian McEwan's Atonement proves that, when it comes to literary adaptations, he understands what he's doing. Wright's previous feature was Pride and Prejudice, a significantly happier production than this one (although both are love stories)...Briony is played by three actresses: Saorise Ronan as a 13-year old, Romola Garai as an 18-year old, and Vanessa Redgrave as an old woman. Great care is taken to make Ronan and Garai look alike and have similar mannerisms. Redgrave doesn't appear much like either, but she's like Meryl Streep or Glenn Close - if you can get her in a movie, you don't sweat the details...Atonement is a tragic story regardless of whether it's presented in book form or movie form. The film is more quickly and urgently paced than the book and the dissonant music, which uses a typewriter as a percussive instrument, keeps the audience on edge. Atonement is effective at getting under the skin, and some audience members won't like that. Overall, it's a finely crafted motion picture - perhaps not the equal of Wright's Austen adaptation, but strong enough to make it worth seeing for fans of the book and the genre.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Atonement" begins on joyous gossamer wings, and descends into an abyss of tragedy and loss...Each period and scene in the movie is compelling on its own terms, and then compelling on a deeper level as a playing out of the destiny that was sealed beside the fountain on that perfect summer's day. It is only at the end of the film, when Briony, now an aged novelist played by Vanessa Redgrave, reveals facts about the story that we realize how thoroughly, how stupidly, she has continued for a lifetime to betray Cecilia, Robbie and herself...The structure of the McEwan novel and this film directed by Joe Wright is relentless. How many films have we seen that fascinate in every moment and then, in the last moments, pose a question about all that has gone before, one that forces us to think deeply about what betrayal and atonement might really entail?...Wright, who also directed Knightley in his first film, "Pride and Prejudice," shows a mastery of nuance and epic, sometimes in adjacent scenes. In the McEwan novel, he has a story that can hardly fail him and an ending that blindsides us with its implications. This is one of the year's best films, a certain best picture nominee.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald The interpretation is so painstaking and moving that almost every moment delivers a shuddering jolt to the head and the heart.
Derek Elley, Variety Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with Atonement...
Helen O'Hara, Empire Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright's assured direction...
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader Atonement is that rare combo: a good movie based on a good book.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
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