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The Notebook (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Nick Cassavetes Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on May 10th, 2009:Find all reviews by Agressor
Nick Cassavetes offers up a thorough commentary and seems well "rehearsed", rarely missing a beat in perlaying loads of information about all aspects of the making the film and he never fails to go into detail on pivotal scenes and events during filming.

I do think he rambles on a bit though, he goes into so much detail and lingers on specifik subjects a bit too long so it becomes somewhat tiresome.

Toward the end he starts talking about his private life and his relationship with his parents and gets a little emotional as he talks about the themes of the film and I think these parts of the yak-trak are the best but it's an uneven journey to get there, probably more worht it the more you like the movie.
Commentary 2: Nicholas Sparks, author of source novel "The Notebook" Rating:7.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on May 17th, 2009:Find all reviews by Agressor
This commentary really surprised me! Having listened to the directors track and not really liked it I was sceptical to what the writer could bring to the table. Apparently a lot! It's a consistently interesting and even touching listen as he explains how the gist of the story is based on the life of his wifes grandparents and some scenes are lifted right out of their life. I usually dont care for commentaries that venture to far away from the subject of the actual film (the making of it, reactions to it, what inspired it, whatever)but here Nicholas Sparks manages to incorporate his stories so nicely into the narrative that I almost wished he would digress even more. Be it about the reality of making a film out of a book, the agony of Alzheimers or life in Sout Carolina in the 40's it's always an entertaining (well maybe not the Alzheimers thing)experience and if you liked the film you'll get some nice flesh on the bones regarding the book and the film.

(small complaint, maybe he does plug his other work a bit too much though).