I really can’t say I found any faults with this movie (besides the phony looking CGI birds at the opening credits). Sure there were a couple of moments that could be considered too syrupy for some, but I for one, found it refreshing to have a love story in which the power of love is explored and expressed to the point where it shows that it truly can conquer all. It may not always be the way things turn out in real life, but there is nothing wrong with believing and knowing, that sometimes it does! The two leads and supporting players like Sam Shepard, James Marsden, David Thornton (this guy rules!) and Joan Allen all brought this movie up to a higher level and made me love it all the more. This movie means well and is executed in a way that makes it almost impossible not to connect with it on some level. This is one of the better romances to come out of Hollywood in a long, long time…
Audio Commentary by Nicholas Sparks: Nick is the author of the book on which the movie is based upon. Sparks is a very well spoken man and this makes his commentary a joy to listen to. If you end up liking this movie as much as I did, you’ll likely get as big a kick out of both these commentaries as I did.
12 Alternate/Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary: It was interesting to see what the director thought best be removed from the final cut; there are quite a few gems in here but seeing as the film is already 2 hours +, it’s natural that they felt the need to trim the fat a bit. The lost scenes between Allie (McAdams) and Noah (Gosling) are of course, the most interesting to discover. There are alternate takes of the first and second love scenes between the two as well.
All in the Family: Nick Cassavetes (11 minutes): A featurette that mostly focuses on Nick Cassavetes as a director, with all his strong points and influences coming from a filmmaking background (his mother is actress Gena Rowlands and his father was indie director John Cassavetes). Lots of cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage are featured here as well.
Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story, Well Told (6 minutes): A look inside the life of the man who wrote the New York Times Best Selling novel on which this movie is based upon. From pharmaceutical rep to author, the feature explores his life a little and shows how the movie went from printed word to the silver screen. Nice little feature…
Southern Exposure: Locating “The Notebook” (11 minutes): A very interesting feature that looks at all the locations where they shot the movie in South Carolina and the great lengths they went to in order to give it that truly authentic period look from the early 40s.
Casting Rachel & Ryan: After seeing McAdams’ screen test, it’s no wonder they cast her right away. Check this feature out and fall for this lovely little lady even more…
We also get the film's Theatrical Trailer and DVD-ROM/Online Features.