"Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we arebound to others. Past and present. And by each crime, andevery kindness, we birth our future."Talking about Cloud Atlas is somewhat difficult. I have justcompleted my second viewing of the film and I don't think Ihave any more complete of an understanding of it than I didafter the first. Quite frankly, I don't think this is the kind of filmone is meant to master.Cloud Atlas tells six different stories that take place acrossseveral centuries. At any given time, the viewer is thrown froma 19th century tale at sea, into a futuristic Seoul circa 2144, backto 1970s San Francisco and so on. The idea behind these storiesis that they are somehow all connected by an individual's courseof action, a letter, book, or perhaps a piece of music. For me, uponthe second viewing of the film, I saw a connection of "feeling" fromone segment to the other which gave the film entirely new meaningto me.An ensemble of notable actors including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry,Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess and Hugh Grant (toname a few) take on multiple roles beneath mounds of makeup thatoften look more laughable than believable. Nonetheless, there areso many different actor transitions happening throughout the film thatit's sort of challenging to keep on top of it all and I must admit, I didn'treadily recognize everyone behind the makeup.Warner has done an exceptional job with the Blu-ray transfer whichdoes justice to the film's amazing cinematography. It's such a pleasureto watch the level of detail in the picture with colors that are well balancedthroughout. Cloud Atlas is a visually breathtaking film, and I am sothankful that none of the detail is lost. Although the DTS-HD Master Audiosoundtrack isn't as aggressive as most, it's effective enough to envelopethe viewer with a myriad of ambient effects as it moves across multiplestorylines.There are a few featurettes included here, one of which I readilyrecommend, entitled Everything Is Connected. Lana and AndyWachowski give perhaps the best overview I have seen as to howthe stories and people in the film connect to each other. It may not bethe holy grail of answers you are looking for, but it certainly helped mebetter understand the common threads.One needs to really give an immense amount of credit to the three directors(Andy and Lana Wachowksi; Tom Tykwer) who risked doing the impossibleand somehow managed to pull off a film that is quite brilliant, if not totally coherent.Running nearly three hours, it's quite a commitment to make, but I would highlyrecommend that everyone give this film the effort. Some may hate it, but Ithink most may very well agree that this is a masterpiece.Look forward to hearing your views after giving it a watch.