In this week's DVD releases, you have three very different genres, but they do have one thing in common: they're all based on books. Take a look!
The Nicholas Sparks adaptation follows an army guy (Channing Tatum) and college girl (Amanda Seyfried) who find love one Summer, and embark on a long-distance relationship via a series of letters. I was fully hoping to be swept off my feet by the Sparks story a la The Notebook, but unfortunately, the actors could only do so much with the film's contrived plot. Rent it for Richard Jenkins's performance — and to watch Tatum act all sensitive (awww). Bonus extras include alternate scenes and an outtake reel.
If you haven't already noticed all of the coverage right here on BuzzSugar, the True Blood phenomenon is at a fever pitch as the show approaches its third season. HBO has been releasing a series of minisodes and clever ad campaigns, but if you really want to get prepped, the entire second season comes out this week to get you up-to-date on the neck-biting, shape-shifting madness. Bonus extras include audio commentaries with the cast and crew and "The Vampire Report," a campy half-hour news show.
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Warning: The Road is a bleak and depressing end-of-the-world tale, much like the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it is based. You may not want to rent it to just kill a couple hours on your Saturday, but the film's solid execution and a fantastic performance by Viggo Mortensen make it worth considering. Mortensen plays Man, a father to a young boy who is traveling with his son to the South in the midst of apocalyptic street gangs and a treacherous environment that can no longer sustain life. When his fortitude and his humanity are tested, we feel his frustration; more importantly, his moral dilemmas get us to think as the viewers. Bonus extras include deleted and extended scenes.