Loosely based on the life of Jane Austen, "BECOMING JANE" tries to explore the world in which she lived, and wrote about, only with herself as a central character. Growing to be too old for marriage(at that time), Jane is intent on proving herself as self-reliant due to her profound writing abilities. A young man sent to live with the Austens, ends up finding romance with Jane, amidst many trials and tribulations. While some of what happens is predictable, this story is told with such skilled measure, and fine performances, "BECOMING JANE" is likely to be discovered as a buried treasure within one's blu-ray collection.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray transfer. The transfer is generally quite good. The production design is well complimented throughout, offering color levels, achieving a painting-like quality at times. Detail is up there with the best looking blu-rays, offering impressive depth in scene after scene(jump off the screen imagery).
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, and mostly focused towards the front stage, surrounds, discrete effects and some surprising amounts of bass, enhance the film's atmosphere in unique, engaging ways. The wonderful score is also well complimented through all speakers. The dynamic range is terrific.
Dialogue is perfectly balanced with the score and ambient effects.
An audio commentary with the director, writer and producer is interesting at times, but not one of the more engaging commentaries of late. A featurette and deleted scenes are offered in standard definition. Theatrical trailers are offered in HD.