I don't post much on AVS but I felt compelled to after watching Cloud Atlas. First off, I LOVED it. For me it was a truly profound movie experience that I am still going over in my mind hours after watching it. My immediate reaction as the credits rolled was "what in the world did I just see??". After that, I really appreciated that it was a very demanding, disorienting, crazy experience. I suspect it really is one of those love it or hate it kind of movies. I never read the book and I did not see it in the theaters, but what really helps is to watch with the captions turned on. With the way the movie is edited, paying attention to every word of dialog is so important. There are so many details and subtleties that it practically requires a second and third viewing. It definitely is not something you want to watch if you're feeling tired and just want to zone out in front of the TV.
The interesting thing to me is that the first 30 minutes or so was a real battle because it was so confusing and quite disorienting, but somewhere along the way, I stopped fighting the experience and settled in and just let it flow. It's hard to express in words but there was a simultaneous feeling of "getting it" and "not getting it". However by the end it left such an incredible impression on me that, from an emotional register, I still have yet to sort out properly.
I have no idea how I'll react when I see it again. My emotional response may be completely different for all I know, but I do know that this film really challenged me in ways I did not expect or predict. I'm really interested in reading the book as well, which I understand is structured a lot differently compared to the film.
I really admire and applaud the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker for making this movie. Could not have been easy. Clearly, no major studio would have financed such a risky project. The fact that this was essentially an independent film release is almost as incredible as the story.
Oh yeah, the Blu-Ray video quality is quite good. Not reference quality but still pretty nice. Unfortunate that there is no commentary track because it would have been really interesting to hear the filmmakers comments on the backstory of the making of the movie.