Nights in Rodanthe (2008) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Romance
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 97 minutes - $35.99 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: George C. Wolfe
Writer(s): Nicholas Sparks (novel); Ann Peacock and John Romano (screenplay)
Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni


Theatrical Release Date: September 26, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1: English, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot Summary: Diane Lane stars as Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, who retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenage daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

I wanted to love this film - not only because it brought back the winning formula of Richard Gere and Diane Lane - but because I enjoy romance films. But what a turd this one was. Sure, it had everything that could have made it great - an interesting, isolated location; a storm; two characters trying to find themselves - but what it amounted to was 90 some minutes of wishy-washy emotion that climaxed into a cesspool of sadness.

Alright, maybe I'm being a little too tough on the film but something just felt off the entire time I was watching it. Paul went from a grumpy, 'leave me the hell alone' character to 'I want to be around you' in a few seconds time. Literally. I'm sure some of that got last in the translation from book to film... but Paul should have been a bit more grumpy and disturbed a bit longer than ten minutes.

Is Nights in Rodanthe worth a watch? Probably not. The winning formula of Gere and Lane is still there, but the story they are forced to work with is just incredibly bland and tiresome. The whole arc of Paul's character is telling the husband of the women he killed he was sorry and trying to locate his son... but as soon as the apology is done with the film takes a dramatic shift into boredom.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features Presented in HD. A slip cover is also included.

In one of the oddest choices I've seen on Blu-ray yet, this version includes numerous bonus materials not present on the DVD. Why? I have no idea.

Nature of Love: Behind the Scenes (20 Minutes) - As typical, this is a rather generic EPK that touches on various cast and crew who loved working with this person etc. Why do studios keep producing these things?

Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) - Probably the best out of the bunch, this looks at 7 deleted scenes that could have very well been included in the film yet cut.

Round the disc is a Music Video, BD-Live (which you have to painfully register for to view... nothing!), Digital Copy and two small featurettes that discuss the adaptation of the book to the film, In Rodanthe (13 Minutes) and A Time For Love (7 Minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Nights in Rodanthe is presented in 2.40:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. Overall a nice presentation - blacks are inky and colors are vibrant. Flesh tones appear to be a bit too pink sometimes, but I may have been intended. Not demo material, but a nice upgrade over DVD.

Warner once again decides lossless is not required and dumps a generic (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese) Dolby Digital 5.1 track on us. Nope, they couldn't be bothered providing a lossless track so what you here sounds just like a DVD. Dialog comes across fine, but some of the stronger scenes (storm) sound a big weak.



.::OVERALL::.

Nights in Rodanthe is a stinker and if you are looking for a decent romance film in a similar location maybe give The Lakehouse a shot (which I loved). Picture quality is decent, audio is below average, and the Blu-ray loaded with exclusive special features.