Nights in Rodanthe [Blu-ray]
(George C. Wolfe, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Disc Size: 22,064,938,979 bytes
Feature Size: 15,496,802,304 bytes
Average Bitrate: 18.10 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 10th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1 Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DUBs: Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English, English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
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Description: The stars of Unfaithful rekindle their screen chemistry in this rich tale of hearts awakenings from the bestseller by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle). Richard Gere is Paul, a surgeon who long ago unwittingly traded career for family. Diane Lane is Adrienne, a devoted mother trying to move on after her husbands infidelity and struggling with his desire to return to their marriage. At a remote inn on the Outer Banks, both separately expect to do some serious soul-searching. But an approaching storm forces each to turn to the other for strength, setting the stage for a life-resonating romance.
"Nights in Rodanthe" is what Variety likes to call a "weeper."
The term is not often intended as praise. The movie attempts to jerk
tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect
storm of cliche and contrivance. In fact, it even contains a storm -- an
Image quality on the Blu-ray of Nights in Rodanthe looks quite good but far from great. Strength in close-ups and detail though never seems consistent and there may be a touch of boosting in some of the colors and black levels producing some undesirable edge-enhancements. There seems to be an abundance of blue in the image. I wouldn't say it is overly-manipulated and doesn't look too glossy but it leans in that direction. There is background noise and the bitrate is unremarkable on this single-layered Blu-ray disc. While it looks far better than SD - there are some limitations in the visuals but this matches the film itself so it may be considered a wash to some. Acceptable for the content but not reaching the highest levels of the format.
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Nothing exceptional in the 5.1 track - no HD lossless options are offered. Some Ocean sounds and wind make it to the rear speakers but it not demonstratively separated or shows any great depth or range. This is mostly a dialogue-driven front-speaker affair. For DD 5.1 the mix seems competent - nothing more. There are DUBs and subtitle options available. Being Warner will we assume this is Region FREE.
Extras : 8
No commentary but plenty of featurettes - and all in HD. None of these seem available on the DVD edition. Nothing is grand enough to discuss being commonplace with sound bytes and discussions with the principals jammed between clips from the film. There is also a BD-Live and a second disc - Digital Copy.
February 16th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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