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Notebook, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard & Joan Allen

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WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include 12 deleted scenes, audio commentary by director Nick Cassavetes, an additional commentary track by novelist Nicholas Sparks, a 12-minute All In The Family Nick Cassavetes featurette, a seven-minute featurette on the Nicholas Sparks novel, a 12-minute highlight on the South Carolina set locations, a four-minute casting featurette and Rachel McAdams's screen test, the theatrical trailer, soundtrack promo, and DVD-ROM content.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N7497
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For some sexuality
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 2/8/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Nick Cassavetes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the moment Noah (Gosling) lays his eyes on Allie (McAdams), he knows he will have to go to great lengths to win her heart. But before long they begin a whirlwind courtship that blossoms into tender intimacy. But they are separated by her family's upper class status and his common upbringing. Their heartwrenching love story is of particular importance to an older gentleman (Garner) who regularly reads the timeless story to his aging companion (Rowlands). The Notebook is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (A Walk To Remember, Message In A Bottle). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits attractive images that can be crisp and nicely detailed, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. The picture has a very natural, organic quality, especially for the scenes involving the young lovers. Colors are rich and warm, with excellent fleshtones and deep blacks. There are some scenes in which edge enhancement is noticed, and pixelization is also limited. The picture is perfectly suitable for the subject matter. (Suzanne Hodges)

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