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Cloud Atlas

($35.99 Blu-ray, $28.99 DVD; Warner Brothers)

Tom Twyker and the Wachowski siblings’ adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel is an ambitious, sometimes breathtaking work, following six sets of characters during six different time periods, from past to future. One storyline involves a young gay composer who is separated from his lover while apprenticing for an older, accomplished composer. An ensemble of actors, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Ben Wishaw, each inhabit six different roles (and some serious makeovers) so to embody the theme of how everything is connected. Corny or profound? It’s damned engrossing nonetheless. Seven brief “focus points” featurettes make up the extras.

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