by Del Harvey
Own it on DVD and Blu-Ray January 20, 2009.
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On Tuesday, January 20, Warner Bros. will release the deluxe DVD version of this great romantic tale of enduring and unconditional love. Based upon Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel and directed by Nick Cassavetes, The Notebook stars Rachel McAdams as the young Allie Calhoun and Gena Rowlands as the much older version suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ryan Goslin plays the younger Noah Calhoun and James Garner the much older, who remains dedicated to his love, talking to her and telling her their love story over and over again, as often as she wants to hear it, no matter how much she might forget, in hopes that they might reconnect, if only for a moment.
This is an incredible and tender story about a very sensitive topic, handled in a mature and fairly true fashion, no matter that it is presented within the skin of a romantic drama. The actors turn in some of the best performances of their careers, and the film is ultimately uplifting and touching at once.
In my mind, this contemporary film comes very close to those wonderful romance classics of the 30’s and 40’s starring incredible talents like Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Lawrence Olivier or Ingrid Bergman. I find it difficult to burden many films with such lofty aspirations, but this is one of those rare exceptions.
The deluxe DVD package, releasing on January 20, 2009, includes a number of romantic accessories such as stationery, photo album and scrapbook. It is very nicely boxed in a book-like packaging which seems perfectly apropos for this truly remarkable film.
Yours to own Own it on DVD (Blu-ray Hi-Def, HD DVD) on January 20. Check out the official site here: http://www.thenotebookmovie.com.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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