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The Best Of Me: Tears Of Joy Edition (2014/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: A Film: B

Based on [yet another!] one of Nicholas Spark's best sellers comes a romantic tale that spans across the years. In Michael Hoffman's The Best Of Me (2014), Dawson and Amanda have been in love with each other since high school, but because of their different social status and family backgrounds they were never able to get married. 20 years later, they are reunited at the death of one of their friends, but even after 20 years, they haven't forgotten each other for single moment. Now fate seems to have given them a second chance, is it too late to get together or will they give in what their heart truly feels?

Dawson comes from a poor background where his (step?) father is Southern hillbilly drug dealer. Amanda is from a rich and well to do family. And while Dawson (James Marsden) is smart and gifted he lives apart from his family, but he realizes his family is still a danger to Amanda (Michelle Monaghan). While Amanda sees Dawson's potential and that he is not like his family, her father is not willing to risk that. After a violence incident, Amanda's father is proven right and Dawson and Amanda become separated for the next 20 years. 20 years later, Dawson is still single and works as a roughneck on an oil rig and Amanda is a married woman and mother.

We'll leave the rest for you to see, but this is one of the more watchable Sparks film of late... a heart touching and wrenching movie about love, lost and true romance. While a person must consider their social standing in a relationship, we could always like to believe that true love can overcome anything, but reality doesn't work always the way we plan, while we set our standards high, we usually settle for something less.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is as good as a digitally-shot romantic melodrama is going to look, while the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 5.1 mix is on the quiet side, but also as good as it can be for such a production. Extras include Digital Copy, an alternate ending, interviews with Nicholas Sparks, commentary, music video, deleted scenes, trailers and Along for the Ride.

- Ricky Chiang


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