Special features include seven deleted scenes with an optional commentary track by Director Joe Wright, the following featurettes: Bringing The Past To Life: The Making Of Atonement (27 minutes) and From Novel To Screen: Adapting A Classic (five minutes), a feature commentary track by the director, and previews.
DVD General Information
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Distrubing war images, language and some sexuality
Briony Tallis (Ronan), an aspiring playwright, lives on a country estate in pre-World War II England with her mother and older sister, Cecilia (Knightley). When Briony catches Cecilia and the maid's son, Robbie (McAvoy), in an intimate position, she is hurt and confused by what she sees. Driven by jealousy, Briony accuses Robbie of a crime he did not commit. The repercussions of her unfounded claim will affect Robbie and Cecilia for the rest of their lives, and leave Briony in search of Atonement for her transgressions. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, Atonement won an Academy Award
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows good resolution, but the entire image is somewhat washed out and pasty, especially in the early scenes. Whites often bloom and black levels are elevated. Shadow delineation is fairly good though. The blooming whites seem to be intentional, as they do not appear later in the presentation. Color bleeding can also be recognized and noise can be visible in the darker scenes. Edge enhancement is not a huge problem, but pixilation and compression artifacts can be distracting. (Danny Richelieu)
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