“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.” Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook
It can be difficult finding the perfect gift on Valentine’s Day. With chocolates and boxer shorts with heart designs, the epitome of love is expertly demonstrated in many of the novels by Nicholas Sparks. Many of Sparks books have been turned into movies and films, launching the careers of many of Hollywood’s elite stars. The gift set all in DVD includes seven films from the author’s collections: Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most renowned storytellers as well as a social media phenomenon whose books, movies and personal pages combine to make him one of the most popular people on all of Facebook. All 17 of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers, published in more than 50 languages, with more than 90 million copies in print worldwide, including more than 60 million copies in the United States alone. Those that purchase this gift set will also receive a special postcard set with images from each film and a letter from Nicholas Sparks himself. Suggested Retail Price of this collection is $69.97 and is available now.
About the Films:
Safe Haven (2013)
This deeply moving romantic thriller tells the story of a young woman’s struggle to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town.
When a mysterious young woman (Julianne Hough, Rock of Ages) arrives in Southport, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex (Josh Duhamel, Transformers franchise), a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and finds she must rely on the power of love.
The film is directed by Oscar®-nominated Lasse Hallström[i] (The Cider House Rules), based on the novel by Sparks from a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) and David Lyons (TV’s “Revolution”) also star.
- Deleted scenes
- Alternate ending
The Lucky One (2012)
Zac Efron (17 Again) stars with Taylor Schilling (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents franchise) in this romantic drama directed by Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks (Shine, 1996). U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq with the one thing he credits for keeping him alive — a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.
- Zac Efron Becomes a Marine
- Watch the Sparks Fly — The Romantic World of ‘The Lucky One’
- Zac and Taylor’s Amazing Chemistry
- Zac and Zeus
Clip from the film:
Dear John (2010)
Directed by Lasse Halström, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum, Magic Mike), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried, Les Miserables), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a stream of love letters which eventually triggers fateful consequences.
- Deleted & alternate scenes
- Alternate ending
- A Conversation with Channing, Amanda and Lasse Hallstrom
- Transforming Charleston featurette
- Military in Movies: ‘Dear John’s’ Military Advisors featurette
- Mr. Tyree, The Mule and Benny Dietz featurette
- The Story of Braeden Reed
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
This rich tale of hearts awakening stars Richard Gere (Arbitrage) and Diane Lane (Secretariat). Gere is Paul, a surgeon who long ago unwittingly traded family for career. Lane is Adrienne, a devoted mother trying to move on after her husband’s 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.
- Alternate scenes with director commentary
- The Nature of Love: Richard Gere; Diane Lane and director George C. Wolfe Recall
- A Time for Love: Keeping Up with Nicholas Sparks
- An Intimate Look at ‘Nights In Rodanthe’ with singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris
- Love Remains the Same — Gavin Rossdale’s music video
The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook is a story of lost chances, growing up, and the power of enduring love. Spanning six decades, the romantic story focuses on two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) who fall in love during one summer but are tragically forced apart. When they reunite seven years later, their passionate romance is rekindled, forcing one of them to choose between true love and class order.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) and Academy Award® nominees Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson, 2006), James Garner (TV’s “The Rockford Files”), Gena Rowlands (Taking Lives), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff) and Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy). James Marsden (X-Men series) and Kevin Connolly (TV’s “Entourage”) also star.
- Audio commentary by director Nick Cassavetes
- Audio commentary by The Notebook novelist Nicholas Sparks
- All in the Family: Nick Cassavetes featurette
- Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story, Well Told featurette
- Southern Exposure: Locating ‘The Notebook’ featurette
- Casting Ryan and Rachel featurette
- Rachel McAdams Screen Test featurette
- Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by editor Alan Heim
A Walk to Remember (2002)
The inspiring coming-of-age story about first love, A Walk to Remember is about two very different North Carolina teenagers: Landon Carter (Shane West, TV’s “ER”), a troubled, unmotivated but very popular student, and Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore, Tangled), the serious and conservative daughter of a preacher. As love pulls them closer, peer pressure and lifestyles seek to break them apart. Directed by Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages), A Walk to Remember co-stars Peter Coyote (Erin Brockovich) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vols. 1 + 2).
- Audio commentary by director Adam Shankman, Mandy Moore and Shane West
- Audio commentary by author Nicholas Sparks and screenwriter Karen Janszen
- Cry — Mandy Moore music video
Message in a Bottle (1999)
In this tale of love lost and found, grieving widower Garret Blake (Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves) may know how to build boats, but cannot rebuild his life. Theresa (Robin Wright, TV’s “House of Cards”), a lonely divorcee and researcher for the Chicago Tribune, comes to his North Carolina village to find him, knowing that Garret is the author of the message she found inside a bottle on a Cape Cod beach. And she knows the message spoke to her in a way that profoundly touched her heart. Directed by Luis Mandoki (When a Man Loves a Woman), the film co-stars Paul Newman as Garret’s father.
- Audio commentary by director Luis Mandoki and producer Denise Di Novi
- Deleted scenes with optional commentary
- Five hidden special effects scenes
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