Without a dime but armed with a strong will and an unwavering devotion, this high-school dropout and working mother (Swank) earns her high school diploma and puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother (Rockwell) and set the record straight. Convicted of murder, he has exhausted his chances to appeal his Conviction through public defenders and needs a miracle. Based on the real-life journey of Betty Anne Waters, a courageous woman who embarked on an 18-year quest to help clear the name of her wrongly-accused brother and win back his freedom. (Tricia Spears)
Special features include the behind-the-scenes interview/featurette A Conversation With Tony Goldwyn & Betty Anne Waters (HD 10:19), a sneak peek, and up-front ads.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a perfectly natural appearance—pure and simple with no exaggeration. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate hues expressive of real on-location settings. Hues are warmly satisfying, with accurate fleshtones. Contrast is well balanced, with solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally good, with occasional soft touches. This is a pleasing, naturally photographed picture that is visually realistic and satisfying. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is unobtrusive but completely supportive and emotionally communicative. The music score is nicely recorded and presented with spatial frontal focus and enveloping surround presence. Dialogue is production and ADR and is limited in effective spatial integration, but always intelligible and natural sounding. Atmospheric sound effects are quietly supportive and sparsely present in the surrounds. This is a quiet, understated sonic experience without much excitement or distinguishing character, but effective nonetheless. (Gary Reber)