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The Notebook (Limited Edition Gift Set) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Gena Rowlands , James Garner , Nick Cassavetes  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Joan Allen
  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Writers: Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven, Nicholas Sparks
  • Producers: Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Lynn Harris, Mark Johnson, Toby Emmerich
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Russian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,676 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZK8FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Notebook (Limited Edition Gift Set) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 deleted scenes
  • Director and novelist commentaries
  • Four making-of featurettes
  • Rachel McAdams screen test and more
  • 46-page photo and scrapbook album
  • Decorative stickers and photo corners
  • Two themed bookmarks
  • Set of 16 notecards and envelopes

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The Platinum Series and Limited Edition DVD formats include a generous selection of bonus features including four making-of featurettes and Rachel McAdams' original screen test. The 11-1/2 minute "All in the Family" featurette examines director Nick Cassavetes' directing style and edgy sensibility and features commentary by Nick Cassavetes as well as lots of interview footage from a host of cast members including Sam Shepard, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands. "Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story, Well Told" is a 6-1/2 minute look at the unassuming author and his literary success and "Southern Exposure" details the processes of locating The Notebook in Southern Carolina and re-creating a bygone era. "Casting Ryan and Rachel" marvels at the instant chemistry present between Ryan Gosling and McAdams. Twelve deleted and alternate scenes (totaling 28-1/2 minutes) are offered with great optional commentary by editor Alan Heim about the collaborative and sometimes difficult process of editing as well as the reasoning behind specific cuts. Nick Cassavetes' director commentary offers insight into his commitment to creating a realistic world in which idealistic love flourishes as well as his down-to-earth attitude as a director. Novelist Nicholas Sparks' commentary offers a wealth of information about the writing of the book, the spirit of the story, and the openness to change resulting from his perception of movies and novels as distinct art forms.

The limited edition gift set is packaged in what looks like a hardback novel: an oversized box that contains a 5-1/2" by 7-1/2" color scrapbook printed with photographs and details of the main characters, major story points, and a selection of memorable quotes from the movie. In the back of the scrapbook are blank pages for viewers to create their own story and a holder for the DVD. Provided scrapbook embellishments include stickers, photo corners, and two laminated bookmarks as well as 16 printed cards and envelopes for corresponding with a loved one. Visually stunning in any DVD format, the Blu-ray version of The Notebook offers an additional level of clarity and brilliance that is indeed breathtaking. --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Behind every great love is a great story. As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allies upper-class parents who insist that Noah isnt right for her. Several years pass, and when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands). Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking and will capture you in its sweeping and emotional force.

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196 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Love Stories of All Time July 4, 2004
THE NOTEBOOK has long been my favorite of Nicholas Sparks' many books, so it is a happy surprise to me that the wonderful story transferred to the big screen with all the sweetness, warmth, and tenderness that made the book a runaway best seller.
The best part of this movie was the incredible chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the young lovers Allie and Noah. Their story was told by an elderly couple in a nursing home. James Garner and Gena Rowlands were outstanding as the devoted "Duke" and the woman with irreversible dementia. As Duke recounted the story of Allie and Noah from the notebook he carried with him, the lady's memory began to come back and she could remember.
The movie always changes the book but the one major change (the ending) which had the audience letting out a collective gasp and reaching for the nearest tissue was, in my opinion, really good even if it was pure Hollywood melodrama.
Why does a movie like THE NOTEBOOK appeal to so many? Is it that every woman longs for a man who loves as deeply as Noah? Is it that every one wants a love that transcends all problems---those of class, education, family objection----and lasts forever? Or just maybe in a world of high-tech gizmos and high security alerts, it's nice to get back to basics with a really good love story....and this is definitely that.
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272 of 311 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars During the throes of Winter, remembering Spring July 1, 2004
THE NOTEBOOK is an old-fashioned love story with the topical subject of Alzheimer's Disease thrown in to heighten the Hankie Factor.
The film opens in the present at a genteel, riverside, Southern facility for the long-term care of the aged. An old man, "Duke" (James Garner), is in the habit of reading from a book to an elegant, but chronically confused and distant, lady (Gena Rowlands) of equal antiquity. The story concerns two teenagers during a hot, carefree, South Carolina summer preceding World War II. They are (in extended flashback) Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams).
Noah, working in the local sawmill, is the uneducated son of a dirt-poor father (Sam Shephard). Allie, in these months before she's off to a prestigious New York college, is the only daughter of snobbishly wealthy parents, John (David Thornton) and Anne (Joan Allen) Hamilton.
The book's plot is that hoary one about two young lovers of disparate backgrounds and financial resources, who are subsequently separated by circumstances, objection and obstruction by the wealthy parents, and the subsequent engagement of one to another - in this case, Allie to a devilishly handsome and perfectly decent, rich, young, Army officer wounded during WWII, whom she meets while serving as a volunteer nurse in a Stateside military hospital. Will Noah and Allie ever get back together? That's what Duke's lone listener wants to know.
At midpoint point in this review, and midway through the film, it should be apparent that Duke and his lady friend are Noah and Allie in the winter of their lives. The latter is now suffering from Alzheimer's and only occasionally recognizes her husband, who reads her the story of their courtship over and over in the hope of stimulating her memory.
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129 of 149 people found the following review helpful
This screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' bestseller is a deeply emotional story of young love, the process of maturity, the crucial choices in our lives, and the frailty of old age. I have not read the book, and thus cannot comment upon the fealty of this film to Sparks' manuscript, but its emotional tone and import is certainly consistent with his other works with which I am familiar. In the opening scene we meet Duke (James Garner), who resides in a nursing home and apparently spends most of his time befriending another resident there, Allie Calhoun (Gena Rowlands), who is captivated by a 1940's story of young love which he reads in installments to her from THE NOTEBOOK which is his constant companion. Allie is suffering from some variety of dementia and these interludes provide some small comfort to an otherwise apparently colorless and bland existence.
The moviegoer is then transported to the 1940's, and the relatively brief appearances of the elderly Duke's and Allie alternate within the film with the enactment of the story contained in THE NOTEBOOK. That story is centered in Seabrook, N.C., where a local young man named Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) is captivated by a beautiful summer visitor from Charleston named Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). (Of course, the viewer immediately wonders if indeed this notebook contains the story of the elderly Allie's life, and if so what part Duke will play.) As you no doubt have guessed, since this is an old fashioned romance they eventually fall in love.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome October 10, 2004
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I am a thirteen year old kid. I saw this film about three months ago, and loved it. It shows the passion and heart of true love, and how hard it is to find. And when you finally find it, you have to hold on to it before it slips in between your fingers. It made me cry, just thinking these two could not be together. The way they are together makes me want to be in love and have that sort of relationship. Of course this is just the movies, and I am going to be extremely disapointed with my love life in the long run, because I would like it to be like this movie. Please give this movie a chance, and if you've ever had true love, you know that the creators of this film were only trying to show people that love is so rare and beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best romance in this decade
Being a HOPELESS romantic, this is one of my very favorite movies.....sigh....if only....
What I would give to be Ally :-)
Published 1 hour ago by GJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly lovely movie.
This movie is a very touching love story. It draws you in and keeps your attention. Fun and enchanting to watch. Good wholesome story and thought provoking.
Published 3 days ago by JAMES P CONDON
5.0 out of 5 stars notebook
the movie is great and we wanted to see it again with my girls, the packaging was new, came fast.
Published 3 days ago by EL
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see movie!
A beautifully made movie conveying true-to-life emotions of possibly the most tragic disease sweeping our country. James Garners best performance.
Published 4 days ago by Charlotte Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete Must - Have for anyone with a pulse.
Wow. Not often does a film come along which you immediately recognize as a future classic. This is it. In a class with It's A Wonderful Life and When Harry Met Sally. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Alwin McAlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved it! Made me laugh and cry, every minute was better than the one before. 2 hours very well spent.
Published 4 days ago by Lissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie. One of my faves. Not sure why I have to add all these words. I mean really. !
Published 4 days ago by Alexis Portee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story
Absolutely fantastic as I can watch this over and over. Times I will watch 3 times night after night as it is really that good. Read more
Published 8 days ago by D Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Such a great movie about the power of Love and the challenges of life! Rachel and Ryan have great chemistry...
Published 11 days ago by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Note
Beautiful story. Also shares some insights into the impact of dementia on family. Watched it years ago for the love-story aspects. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sarah Jane Billington
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She said,"I already know I should be with you.." to Lon, who was not her husband yet. She knew she was raised and driven to have THAT life. She knew Lon came into her life for a reason and she had love for him. But Allie was not in love with him, she was always in love with Noah, which... Read more
Aug 25, 2008 by Dana Lana |  See all 16 posts
Didn't care about watching it, but .....
I know, I know..its true...I got screwed and swiped of my manhood when i agreed to watch this movie, and then....enjoyed it :(
Jan 14, 2007 by MikeCHardcore |  See all 3 posts
Regular Blu Ray edition?
I'd like to know the same thing. I want to get this because I really enjoy this movie and know that high-def will take it to even greater heights but not even my wife wants all the extra fluff.
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