The Good

Somebody will be more than happy to see this movie.

The Bad

This film is beyond predictable.Richard Gere plays the character Paul. He is a surgeon who decided to pursue his vocation rather than tending to a family. Diane Lane as Adrienne is a woman trying to deal with the unfaithfulness of her husband. As you can guess, these people get thrown together and find out that they might possibly be made for one another. Now this tale isn't as simplistic as it may seem, however after reading this description I am not sure that you need to wade through the film.

You can probably already tell that Nights In Rodanthe really isn't a movie that would've been in my Blu-ray player had I not gotten it to review.

Features

Alternate Scenes with Director's Commentary

I have no clue why I decided to review this section. The last thing I needed to see was more of this movie. That said these alternate scenes looked really good. I decided not to listen to the director's commentary because I personally didn't care about why George C. Wolfe took them out. I like that these scenes were bumped up enough so that they looked like they could have been in the movie itself. They really show just how good Blu-ray looks.

A Time for Love

The Nature of Love

Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Director George C. Wolfe discuss why they wanted to do this movie, the characters, the story and they also dish on famous movie romances. While I wanted to hate this featurette, I found that I couldn't. The actors and director are so likable, they seem to believe so much in the themes of this movie that it makes it hard for me to say anything bad about it. Do you need to watch this featurette? Probably not, unless of course you are fan of the movie or the talent involved.

An Intimate Look at In Rodanthe with singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris

Video

1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1. This movie was made for Blu-ray. Regardless of what I think of the plot, the story, or anything else that this movie has to offer, it seems like it was shot with this format in mind. Set in a place that that seems like it was begging for amazing photography, this disc is the kind of thing to show possible Blu-ray buyers. The images all hold up well, with the colors never getting blown out or over dominant in any one area. This release also offers users BD Live capability.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English, French and Spanish 5.1. Stereo. This movie sounded good. The audio filled up the room but not having speakers surrounding me sort of made it hard to really appreciate the audio. There are a lot of nature sounds that blanket the audio and I think I may have heard them all here. From waves on the beach, to raindrops, to something as simple as the actors breathing all came across really nicely on this disc. None of the audio really took us into the minds of the characters but things were certainly in place audio-wise.

Package

Richard Gere, making that expression that he makes, holds Diane Lane's face on the front cover of this release. Behind them is the beach and the house that figure's so predominantly in the film. The back cover shows them walking on the sand, a critic's quote, technical specs, a movie description, an extra features listing and a cast list.

Final Word

I cannot put into words how upset I am at MovieWeb for making me review this film. Yes, I know I have a Blu-ray player so it makes sense that I would have cover it, but come on... Nights in Rodanthe? Really? Why don't they give me The Bridges of Madison County? Don't misunderstand, I love all kinds of films. I love movies about older people (hell, I am 35, right?), but this movie is filled with so much pap and sugarcoated emotional crap I felt a cavity forming in my eyes as I viewed it.

This isn't a bad movie. I loved The Notebook (which is also from author Nicholas Sparks) tremendously. It isn't like Nights In Rodanthe is unwatchable. I just can't see the point in making a movie that doesn't even attempt to tell a more interesting story.

Nights in Rodanthe was released September 26, 2008.