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This movie will make you cry, will make you feel happy, it will give you a new perspective of love...I can say that you will love it..

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It is simply the best love story ever!

by Roberto Gonzalez on 2/9/2005

This movie will make you cry, will make you feel happy, it will give you a new perspective of love...I can say that you will love it.. Read More

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A really good tear jerker

by on 2/17/2005

All of the actors in this movie were excellent. I can't say who the best performer was, they all did such an excellent job. But you definately need a box of kleenex toward the end of the movie. The storyline is very good. It's one that will grip your heart. Read More

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Product Overview

Behind every great love is a great story. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love during one summer together, but are tragically forced apart. When they reunite 7 years later, their passionate romance is rekindled forcing one of the to choose between true love and class order.


Studio New Line
SKU 40699623
UPC 794043749728
UPC 14 00794043749728
Format DVD
Release Date 1/21/2014
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the celebrated novel by Nicholas Sparks, THE NOTEBOOK tells the story of a young couple who overcome insurmountable odds to experience the true power of love. In a modern-day nursing home, a kindhearted man (James Garner) reads a tender story to another patient (Gena Rowlands). The story begins during one glorious summer in small-town South Carolina in the early 1940s. Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) is a blue-collar log-mill worker who courts the wealthy and sheltered Allie Nelson (Rachel McAdams). Before long, sparks are flying and the pair is in love. But eventually Allie's snobby parents force their separation, and when World War II arrives, Noah heads overseas to serve his country. In the meantime, Allie becomes a nurse and falls for another man (James Marsden), to Noah's dismay. Nonetheless, he buys and fixes up the mansion he promised Allie he would one day restore, and when he and Allie reunite just before her wedding, their love blossoms once again. Decades later, in the nursing home, the story reaches its heartfelt conclusion. Directed with extreme sensitivity by Nick Cassavetes (son of costar Gena Rowlands), THE NOTEBOOK is aided immensely by the naturalistic performances of Gosling and McAdams, whose chemistry is palpable.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[I]t's easy to surrender to the swooning violins on the soundtrack....It helps that the film is lovingly crafted and extremely well-acted." 06/01/2004 p.104-6
New York Times "Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams break through the barrier to evoke high-strung, slightly crazed teenagers plunging headlong into first love....Their performances are so spontaneous and combustible that you quickly identify with the reckless sweethearts..." 06/25/2004 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "[P]atiently told, impressively performed, and beautifully shot..." 02/11/2005 p.52
Chicago Sun-Times "The performances respect the passion at the beginning and the sentiment at the end, not pushing too hard. It's a tear-jerker, but well-acted and deeply felt." 02/04/2005 p.24
Nick Cassavetes
Ryan Gosling
Rachel McAdams
Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Alan Heim - Editor
Gena Rowlands - Actor
James Garner - Actor
James Marsden - Actor
Jan Sardi - Screenplay
Jeremy Leven - Screenplay
Joan Allen - Actor
Lynn Harris - Producer
Nicholas Sparks - Based On Novel By
Nick Cassavetes - Director
Obba Babatunde - Actor
Rachel McAdams - Actor
Robert Fraisse - Cinematographer
Ryan Gosling - Actor
Sam Shepard - Actor
Sarah Knowles - Production Designer
Scott Ritenour - Art Director
Toby Emmerich - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 7497
UPC 00794043749728
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (2005) MTV Award, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Best Kiss
Nominee (2005) MTV Award, Rachel McAdams, Best Female Performance
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review I have not read Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook, but I have heard good word-of-mouth about the novel. Sadly, the elements that made the book special did not survive the transition to the screen. The Notebook, as adapted by Nick Cassavetes from a screenplay by Jan Sardi and Jeremy Leven, comes across as an ordinary romantic melodrama with a maudlin and ineffective climax...The Notebook represents an instance when the desire to obtain a particular MPAA rating has resulted in some bizarre choices. To avoid courting an R, the actors are forced to cover themselves with sheets and the camera is often positioned in a way that makes it seem almost as if the characters are posing...Fans of sudsy romances will adore The Notebook, but the film fails to manipulate the intellect with the same effectiveness that it tweaks the emotions. The best thing that can be said about the movie is that it's a worthy antidote to the usual testosterone-driven summer fare, but, in its inability to effectively develop the modern aspect of the story, it fails to throw the tear-jerking emotional punch it might have achieved.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review Narrative improbabilities, anachronisms, and plot holes abound in The Notebook, yet director Nick Casssavettes (John Q.) steam rolls right over them to keep the tears flowing on schedule. In all fairness, he does a pretty good job of drawing you into the characters' star-crossed love story. It helps that Cassavettes has a genuine find in newcomer Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls), who's immensely winning and natural as Allie. She tackles the role with utmost conviction and has charm to spare, whereas Gosling, so extraordinary in The Believer, comes off as too detached and contemporary, as if he were in a different movie altogether (wishful thinking on his part maybe?). And while Garner and Rowlands are reliably solid as the couple in their twilight years, both Joan Allen and Sam Shepard, the latter doing his usual literary hayseed turn as Gosling's father, can't do much with their thankless roles...The third of Sparks' novels to reach the big screen, the others being Message in a Bottle (1999) and A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook is a guilty pleasure that elicits both snickers and sniffles in equal measure.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Gosling,Ryan
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up!
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal A lovely surprise. Ripe with feeling and lush with physical beauty, it's a love story that swings confidently between age and youth...
Larry King, Larry King Live The best love story I have seen in years.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...absorbing, sweet and powerfully acted...a film about falling in love and looking back on it, and it avoids many of the genre's syrupy dangers.

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