My wife and I saw The Best of Me a few days ago. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment me the Blu-ray for review on my movies blog. The film is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Like all his stories, this one is about love and sadness. My wife and I both enjoyed the movie. I didn’t think it was as good as some of his other films (like the Notebook and Message in a Bottle). But The Best of Me is still worth seeing if you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks. The Best of Me is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and HD Digital. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
Five Things About The Best of Me Blu-ray
The Best of Me is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel
The movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel with the same name. I have not read the book, but the film is about two high schoolers. Even though they are on the opposite ends of the social ladder, the young couple fall madly in love with each other. But then something bad happens. The two young love birds break-up and they don’t see each other again for another 20 years. But even though one of them is married to someone else and has a child, the two of them fall in love again.
Tears of Joy features a happy alternate ending
If you’ve seen any Nicholas Sparks movie or read any of his novels, then you know there is always a little sadness at the end of his stories. One of the main characters doesn’t always die, but there usually isn’t a “they lived happily ever after” for the sweethearts in a Nicholas Sparks story. That’s the case for The Best of Me as well. Fortunately, there is an alternate ending in both the Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie. In the “Storybook” ending, the love birds do live happily ever after. Personally, even though it’s sadder, I like the original theatrical version better.
Cyclops is a star-crossed lover
James Marsden (Cyclops from the X-Men series) is the biggest name in The Best of Me. He played the part of the older Dawson. His love interest, Amanda, was played by Michelle Monaghan. The younger Dawson was played by Luke Bracey, and the younger Amanda was played by Liana Liberato. In my opinion, James did the best job of the four main actors. The other three were just OK. Best of Me also featured Gerald McRaney (Tuck), Caroline Goodall (Evelyn), Clarke Peters (Morgan Dupree), Sebastian Arcelus (Frank), Jon Tenney (Harvey Collier), Sean Bridgers (Tommy Cole), Rob Mello (Ted Cole), Hunter Burke (Abee), Robby Rasmussen (Bobby / Aaron), Caroline Hebert (young April), and Ian Nelson (Jared). The movie was directed by Michael Hoffman.
The Best of Me includes extra features
In addition to the 118-minute movie in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD (Ultraviolet streaming) versions, The Best of Me Blu-ray and DVD include several special features:
- “Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray only)
- Along for the Ride
- Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Michelle and James (Blu-ray only)
- Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Liana and Luke (Blu-ray only)
- Director’s Commentary by Michael Hoffman
- Music Video: I Did — Lady Antebellum
- Digital HD (Blu-ray only)
The film is rated PG-13
The Best of Me is rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language. There were a couple of sex scenes in the movie, but no nudity. There were also some profanity. Other than that, the film is fine for older children.
More info: The Best of Me Blu-ray