Based on the novel, this is the story about falling in love…and finding our way home. Ellis Lace (Ronan) is a young Irish immigrant navigating through Brooklyn, alone, in the 1950s. Although her initial sadness and homesickness gives way to romance with an Italian-American, Eilis' life is disrupted by news from her hometown. After traveling home to mourn the loss of a loved one, she finds herself forced to choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary by Director John Crowley; 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Director Crowley (HD 09:37); six featurettes: The Story (HD 03:28), Home (HD 03:01), Love (HD 02:58), Cast (HD 04:07), The Making Of Brooklyn (HD 03:37), and Book To Screen (HD 04:00); a photo gallery; the theatrical trailer; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is gorgeous, and the production design perfectly captures the period, both in Ireland and Brooklyn. The color palette is rich and warm with vibrant hues and accurate fleshtones. The imagery exhibits such realism with terrific resolution that reveals the finest of detail and texture. Facial features, hair, clothing, and objects are wonderfully resolved. Contrast is well balanced with natural blacks and revealing shadow delineation. This is such a beautiful picture that perfectly depicts two distant worlds and cultures. This is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features subtle nuanced sonics expressed in atmospherics and sound effects. Of course, this is very much a dialogue-focused soundtrack that is natural and well integrated spatially. The orchestral music score is lush and well recorded. The music provides the core surround envelopment and fills the soundfield with dimensionality. While this is a generally reserved and quiet soundtrack, it effectively is engaging and supportive of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)