With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, Canadian Press film expert John McKay takes a look at romance staples like "The
Notebook" and "Casablanca" that are available for home viewing.
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Guys, there's no escaping it. With Valentine's Day upon us again, you're probably going to have to watch at least one chick flick. And if you do, there really isn't a better one than 2004's The Notebook (New Line/Warners) which has been released several times on home video and is back in what they're calling the Ultimate Collector's Edition. That's a deluxe Blu-ray box set that includes a gold locket and a leather-bound journal. (Not real gold or leather of course). Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling do the genre proud with this inter-generational story of, well, star-crossed lovers.There's also no reason not to recycle Gary Marshall's 2010 star-studded collection of rom-com vignettes, Valentine's Day (New Line), and if you're tired of that one already, there's a little picture called I Hate Valentine's Day (MPI) with Nia Vardalos as a romance-suspicious florist (until she meets her Big Fat Greek Wedding co-star John Corbett).Now don't be afraid of dipping into the classics. Warners has done a gorgeous hi-def remastering job on Casablanca, always a treat to watch together. And Fox has just put out a sharp-looking Blu-ray of Laura, a 1940s film noir about a hard-boiled detective who, while investigating the murder of a beautiful heiress, finds himself falling in love with her. Love is strange.