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Brooklyn (DVD): Review


Brooklyn, a story about an Irish immigrant, Eilis (played by the very talented Saoirse Ronan in the first role where she is able to use her native Irish accent), in 1950’s New York. Soon romance blossoms. Soon her past catches up to her, and she now faces a dilemma. She must choose between the two countries, Ireland and America, and between people she loves.

WIth two Oscar nominations, it is no surprise that Saoirse Ronan delivers a stellar performance in Brooklyn, following up diverse roles in other filmes such as Byzantium (Read the Byzantium review on SAMDB), The Grand Budapest Hotel and City of Ember, to name but a few. Once again, she becomes this engrossing character, evoking emotion from the viewer, and taking one on a ride through the highs and lows of the story.

Brooklyn is one of those films where you can sit back, enjoy the story, marvel at the acting and setting, and be lost in the the past as you are swept away to another world for a few hours, before returning to the modern world and it’s own trials and tribulations.

With all the gerat talent of the Brooklyn, including an engrossing story, it is clear to see why it garnered the numerous nominations it did during awards season. An enjoyable film, and well worth a look, especially for those who enjoy the drama or romance genres.



Brooklyn is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with a stable and clear image. There is no colour bleed, and the colours are vibrant, given the palette of the film.

Those with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen.


Sound is encoded in a 5.1 soundtrack, adding to the on-screen action, and expanding the world to further enhance the viewing experience. Sound is also encoded at a high bitrate, meaning dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

While the genre and nature of the film do not lend themselves to extensive use3 of the surround channels, they do add to the overall soundscape.


Navigation is simple and static, but easy to follow.


There are unfortunatly no bonus features on the disc, other than a few previews at the beginning.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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