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Learn more about Atonement (Widescreen):

Format: DVD
Sku: 207379248
UPC: 025193328526
UPC 14: 00025193328526
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Marketing Description 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 change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast.
|You Can Only Imagine the Truth.
Fledgling writer briony tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the british romance novel by ian mcewan

"The interpretation is so painstaking and moving that almost every moment delivers a shuddering jolt to the head and the heart.  Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with Atonement...  Derek Elley, Variety
"Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright's assured direction...  Helen O'Hara, Empire
"Atonement is that rare combo: a good movie based on a good book.  J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity.  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
On a sultry summer day in 1935, an upper-class British family prepares for a dinner party at their country estate. The players: Briony Tallis (newcomer Saoirse Ronan), a precocious preteen writer; her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), Cambridge graduate and femme fatale; Robbie Turner (James McEvoy), the housekeeper's mensch-y son, who carries a torch for Cecilia; and various visitors and family members. A series of misperceptions, fueled by the summer heat and Briony's childish hurts and fevered imagination, lead to a dramatic false accusation that lands Robbie in jail. We meet all three characters five years later in the thick of World War II, as foot soldier Robbie prepares for the Dunkirk evacuation and the two estranged sisters train as nurses in London.

Director Joe Wright (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) deserves high praise for translating Ian McEwan's highly internalized, multilayered tale of guilt, redemption, and the power and limits of the artistic imagination, into a sumptuous visual feast that not only conveys the intricate plot points of the novel, but dives head-first into the emotional subtleties that make the story so wrenching. Whether any of the characters' actions are ultimately atoned for by the end of the film is a matter of perception, but Wright's sympathetic eye ensures that every player gets a fair trial. The young director favors long, lingering close-ups that trace every flicker of feeling--Ronan's luminous blue eyes clouding over with righteous gravity; the tremors of hurt and anger and love in McEvoy's sensitive face; the defiant jut of Knightley's jaw as it melts into tender affection. The honey-drizzled look of the first two-thirds of the film contrasts achingly with the tension and seriousness of the action unfolding (and the grim intensity of the wartime sections), and the scenes on the beach at Dunkirk include some of the most masterly camera work of any recent film. ATONEMENT is a powerful story, retold in a way that even diehard fans of the book will appreciate.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61033285
Video UPC UPC: 00025193328526
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Atonement - DVD Review
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/17/2008 9:03 PM
The Academy honored Atonement with seven Oscar nominations, including art direction, cinematography, costumes, and the movie's score. Seeing the picture, there's no real challenge for these nominations. Atonement is a visual work of art and relies heavily on all of these aspects to create its world, which is sometimes picturesque and sometimes torn to shreds. The story takes place in a variety of settings, from the calm yet creepy pastoral setting of the English countryside at the beginning, to the horrors of Dunkirk beach during the British retreat, where the worst side of retreat preparations are shown. ...read the full review
Expert Review Atonement - DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/15/2010 3:43 AM
Halfway into his masterful 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright's camera enters the tight hallways and expansive rooms of a late-18th-century estate with several suites dedicated to smoking, gossiping and dancing. Fluidly drifting through encounters and gestures, the camera picks up the lilting remnants of conversations both benign and interesting. It's a miraculous and graceful scene that palpably exudes the feeling of being caught in a nest of gadflies. The same shot can be found in Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's monumental Atonement, though the setting is now 1930s France. Three soldiers from London come upon a beach filled with soldiers waiting to return to their respective homelands....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Minghella
Video Cast Info Brenda Blethyn
Video Cast Info Daniel Mays
Video Cast Info James McAvoy
Video Cast Info Keira Knightley
Video Cast Info Romola Garai
Video Cast Info Saoirse Ronan
Video Cast Info Vanessa Redgrave
Video Cast Info Christopher Hampton - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ian Bailie, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Ian McEwan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ian McEwan - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Joe Wright - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Tothill - Editor
Video Cast Info Sarah Greenwood - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Tim Bevan - Producer

Awards


Winner (2008)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Tim Bevan, et. al., Best Film
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Best Production Design
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Atonement, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Dario Marianelli, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Dario Marianelli, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Best Achievement in Art Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Seamus McGarvey, Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jacqueline Durran, Best Achievement in Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tim Bevan, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year
   Video Award Name Oscar, Saoirse Ronan, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Christopher Hampton, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Winner (2007)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Joe Wright, Prize of the Forum for Cinema and Literature

Professional Reviews

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "The cast measure up to the material....Knightley's sizzling allure has never been better captured..." 10/01/2007 p.50

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "ATONEMENT is serious, sexy, profound, bitter and bold." 10/01/2007 p.129

Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "An adaptation every bit as good as the novel -- complex, delicate and devastating." 10/01/2007 p.38

Sight and Sound
"Where the film is true to the book's spirit...is in its faith in the power of storytelling, the momentous sweep of history and heartache..." 10/01/2007 p.49

Box Office
"[A] beautifully composed and richly satisfying adaptation of Ian McEwan's modern novel ATONEMENT....So good it redeems our faith in intelligent drama." 12/01/2007 p.57

USA Today
"ATONEMENT the movie is beautifully photographed, and McAvoy and Knightley are excellent." 12/07/2007

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "Written, directed and acted to perfection, ATONEMENT sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance." 12/13/2007 p.141

Entertainment Weekly
"[The] movie is abundantly attractive, every scene serenely composed..." -- Grade: B 12/07/2007 p.54-55

Los Angeles Times
"An assured and deeply moving work, ATONEMENT is at once one of the most affecting of contemporary love stories and a potent meditation on the power of fiction to destroy and create, to divide and possibly heal." 12/07/2007

Rolling Stone
Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "Christopher Hampton brings Ian McEwan's 2002 novel to the screen with all of its fierce challenges intact." 12/27/2007 p.120

Wall Street Journal
"ATONEMENT is romantic, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity." 12/11/2009

ReelViews 9 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"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. - Roger Ebert

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