Monday, January 19, 2009

The Notebook: Limited Edition Giftset Blu-ray Review

The Notebook: Limited Edition Giftset Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 30.9 GB
Film Size: 24.9 GB
Film Rating: PG-13

The Notebook comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film looks fantastic for the most part, with vivid colors and solid black levels. Detail was very impressive as well, and overall sharpness was very nice. The only complaint I have, is that there was a hint of edge enhancement throughout the presentation, but it actually wasn't too bad. The film looks greaet overall though. 8/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds quite beautiful. Dialogue stays front and center, clear at all times. The film's music expands into the surround area, as does the environment of the film. The war scene in particular is quite aggressive, and very impressive. The track is not going to be mind-blowing, but it sounds very nice for what it is. 8/10.

The Packaging
Commentary with Director Nick Cassavetes
Commentary with The Notebook novelist Nicholas Sparks
All In The Family: Nick Cassavetes (11:38) (SD)
Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story, Well Told (6:36) (SD)
Southern Exposure: Locating The Notebook (11:33) (SD)
Casting Ryan & Rachel (4:06) (SD)
Rachel McAdams Screen Test (3:35) (SD)
Deleted Scenes (Available with optional commentary by Editor Alan Heim) (28:32) (HD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:18) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
The Notebook is a beautiful film, I will admit I found myself crying at the end! The performances in the film are so impressive, and Rachel McAdams as the role of Allie Hamilton was definitely better than I expected it to be. The film is not perfect, but it definitely is better than 80% of romantic films today. The Notebook is a must-see romantic film.

The Blu-ray release is very good as well, with nice video and beautiful audio. There are a number of extras, and all entertaining as well. The film isn't for everyone, particularly those who do not enjoy love stories. To anyone who is a fan of romantic films, the Blu-ray release of The Notebook is 'Highly Recommended.'

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nate said...

heya Loys, is the box dvd sized like Casablanca, or is it blu-ray sized?

just curious.

Loys Johnson said...

The box is DVD sized unfortunately, just like Casablanca and I Am Legend Giftsets.