Thursday, May 16, 2013

New to DVD and Blu-ray -- Safe Haven, Starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  Views shared are mine and mine alone.

"Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in this spellbinding romantic drama based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). When a mysterious, beautiful woman named Katie (Hough), moves to Southport, North Carolina, she sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Duhamel), a handsome widower. Although she is attracted to Alex, Katie is reluctant to trust him – that is, until a new friend (Cobie Smulders) convinces her to give Alex a chance. But before long, a dark secret from Katie’s past threatens her happiness in this thrilling romance directed by Lasse Hallström (Dear John)."

Special Features:
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Alternate Ending

BD Exclusive Features
Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven
Set Tour
Josh Duhamel's Lessons in Crabbing


My Thoughts: 

Usually I am not fans of books being turned in movies, as so much of the great content and feel of the book is lost when it arrives on the big screen.  But, all the movies from Nicholas Sparks, have been great.  Like so many other Nicholas Sparks fans, I love reading the books, and hope that the book is turned into a movie.  The Notebook is my favorite movie, with Safe Haven running a close second, after watching it this past week.

I wish I had saw this movie in theatres last year, but with little ones, our date nights are usually in-house with a new movie, dinner and a few glasses of wine.  But, I did add this movie to must-see list when it arrived on DVD/Blu-ray last week.  And, this past weekend my husband and I finally found time to watch it.  

Have you seen the movie?  What did you think of it?  I will not ruin it for you in case you haven't seen it.  But, I will say that I never expected the ending.  When I saw it, I thought, "Oh come on, don't end this way!"  You would think that after reading the book, I would know how movies like this end.  :-)  The movie itself will pull at your heartstrings, and if you prone to crying while watching movies, make sure you have tissues on hand.  I found myself reaching for a few tissues throughout the movie.

Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough's chemistry onscreen is amazing, and they make you believe the characters they are playing, and hope that things work out for them, and that they stay together.  The movie centers around Julianne Hough's character trying to escape from an abusive relationship, in hopes to start over.  But, she learns that she cannot leave her past behind, and her boyfriend comes to look for her.  While in hiding in a serene small town, she meets and falls in love with Josh Duhamel's character, who is a widowed father to two young children.  They begin to date, and then like most relationships, they begin to have problems, because Julianne's character is not being totally honest about her past.

This movie will have you hooked from the start.  And, once the movie ends, you will want to see it again and again.  Make sure you spend some time watching the bonus features, which include an alternative ending -- I preferred this ending over the one the movie used.  I would love to hear which one you liked better. :-)  The other bonus features, learning about crabbing, the set tour and all the deleted scenes were fun to watch.  It made me want to move to this small town and raise my girls, as it seemed so peaceful.

So, if you are looking for a girls' night in movie, or a good date movie your husband/boyfriend will sit through, why not consider picking up Safe Haven, now available on DVD and Blu-ray?  You will not be disappointed.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  Views shared are mine and mine alone.

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