Dear John (Blu-ray)

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Not necessarily underrated, but underappreciated

by Brad W on 12/2/2013

I was pleasantly surprised with Dear John. Yes, the acting is a bit wooden and not unlike other films based on Nicholas Sparks novels, there are certain plot contrivances. BUT, this film is NOT about what one would think it is about. I leave that for you, the viewer, to discover on your own. I will say, however, that the theme regarding the value of time is (no pun intended) timeless and affecting. I expect to revisit this film again in the future. The blu-ray disc, by the way, looks and sounds awesome.

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It was two weeks that would change their lives forever. Soon after John (Channing Tatum - Public Enemies, G.I. Joe) and Savannah (Amanda Seyfried - Mamma Mia, TV's Big Love) fall madly in love, their relationship is put on hold. With one leaving to complete his service, and the other to complete her college education, they pass the time by exchanging a continuous stream of love letters, until they can be reunited permanently a year later. But when war breaks out, their separation is extended indefinitely. Will their relationship survive the greatest test of all: the test of time? Based on the bestselling novel from the author of The Notebook, Dear John is a timeless romance that will warm your heart.


Studio Sony
SKU 215090636
UPC 043396343412
UPC 14 00043396343412
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/17/2015
Rating Rating
Doomed Lovers
Love Story
Editors Note
Note Director Lasse Hallström and screenwriter Jamie Linden collaborate to adapt author Nicholas Sparks' novel about a young soldier who falls for an idealistic college girl. Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) was on spring break when she first met John Tyree (Channing Tatum), who was home on temporary leave. For the smitten soldier it was practically love at first sight. Over the course of the next seven years, when each deployment seemed more treacherous than the last, the love letters that Savannah sent to John were one of the only things that kept him going. However, those loving and heartfelt correspondences would ultimately yield consequences that neither the brave soldier nor his one true love could have ever foreseen.
New York Times "[T]his story of interrupted passion takes on a ripe, summery glow....[I]t delivers an effective, pleasing dose of pure sentiment and vicarious heartache."
Hollywood Reporter "DEAR JOHN does center on a Dear John letter, but it takes a few unexpected paths." 02/02/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Tatum delivers a decent turn as a former brawler, saved by military discipline and bowled over by a girl..." 05/01/2010
Premiere "Director Lasse Hallstrom and team takes full advantage of the widescreen format and showcase the beautiful South Carolina coast..." 05/24/2010
Richard Jenkins
Henry Thomas
Channing Tatum
D.J. Cotrona
Cast & Crew
Richard Jenkins - Star
Henry Thomas - Star
Channing Tatum - Star
D.J. Cotrona - Star
Amanda Seyfried - Star
Michael Harding - Co-Star
Shelley Reid - Co-Star
Cullen Moss - Co-Star
Leslea Fisher - Co-Star
Jessica Lucas - Co-Star
Scott Porter - Co-Star
Mary Rachel Dudley - Co-Star
Tom Stearns - Co-Star
Maxx Hennard - Co-Star
Gavin McCulley - Co-Star
Jose Lucena - Co-Star
William Howard - Co-Star
Bryce Hayes - Co-Star
R. Braeden Reed - Co-Star
Anthony Osment - Co-Star
Jim Wenthe - Co-Star
Matt Blue - Co-Star
Lauree Bradway - Co-Star
Glenn M. Tatum - Co-Star
Martin Coleman Bowen - Co-Star
Steven O'Connor - Co-Star
Teresa Smith - Co-Star
Cenk Otay - Co-Star
Russell A. Turner - Co-Star
Lisa Burrascano - Co-Star
Mary Fischer - Co-Star
Luke Benward - Co-Star
Charlie Croughwell - Stunt Coordinator
Brett Rice - Co-Star
David Dwyer - Co-Star
Keith Robinson - Co-Star
Cara Giallanza - Assistant Director
Happy Walters - Music Director
Bill Badalato - Production Manager/UPM
Terry Stacey - Director of Photography
Nicholas Sparks - Source Writer
Summer Eubanks - Set Decorator
Keva Keyes - Costumes
John R. Bayless - Makeup Designer
Season Kent - Music Director
Deborah Lurie - Composer
Lillian Byrne Heyward - Computer Graphics
Jamie Linden - Screenwriter
Christopher Kulikowski - Post-Production Supervisor
Kelly E. Caldwell - Hairstylist
David Andrews - Co-Star
Lasse Hallstrom - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396343412
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Go ahead and cry. You know you want to. Why else would you read a book by -- or, in keeping with our purposes here, see a movie based on a book by -- Nicholas Sparks?...Dear John, the latest attempt to bring his warm, earnest, therapeutic sensibility to the screen, falls in the upper middle range of Sparks film adaptations. If it lacks the epic sweep and extravagant emotionalism of The Notebook -- Oh, Ryan and Rachel! Oh, James and Gena! -- it also is free of the creepy piety and watered-down eros of A Walk to Remember. In the hands of director Lasse Hallstrom, a blue-chip hack with a sure touch even when he's slumming for a paycheck, this story of interrupted passion takes on a ripe, summery glow...A lot of it succeeds. Mr. Tatum, in his movie roles so far -- A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and Fighting, both directed by Dito Montiel, are the best -- has shown himself to be an actor of narrow range. But his potential is evident, and his magnetism is undeniable. He is shrewd enough to stay within his comfort zone, and able to make the most of his interactions with more nimble performers, like Ms. Seyfried, a resourceful and engaging young actress industriously turning herself into a movie star...Their likability is the movie's greatest strength -- how can you not root for such nice kids to overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their paths? -- and also something of a limitation. John and Savannah are too thinly drawn to sustain a great love story. Mr. Hallstrom and the screenwriter, Jamie Linden, are careful to respect the vague, whispery tones of Mr. Sparks's writing. (They do, however, change the book's ending in a way that both deepens and blunts its impact.)...But a full measure of romantic complication or psychological depth is not what a movie like this -- or the book it comes from -- is for. Dear John carefully distills selected elements of human experience and reduces them to a sweet and digestible syrup. It may not be strong medicine, but it delivers an effective, pleasing dose of pure sentiment and vicarious heartache.
Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dear John fulfills its mission...
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald There's an audience for old-fashioned romance, and Dear John will please most of it.

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