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October Baby (Blu-ray Review)

9 Sep, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 9/11/12
Box Office $5.36 million
$22.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Available exclusively at Walmart
Stars Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Jasmine Guy, John Schneider, Shari Rigby, Jennifer Price, Chris Sligh.

Hannah thought she was a normal college student until one day when she collapses on stage during her first major play. She learns that her whole life essentially has been a lie.

The 19-year-old beauty (Rachel Hendrix) is the product of a failed abortion, and the people she calls her parents (John Schneider and Jennifer Price) aren’t really so. Feeling rightfully distressed, Hannah sets out to find her birth mother on a road trip with her best friend, Jason (Jason Burkey), and their gang of eccentric buddies.

After a chance encounter, Hannah is given a clue that brings her one step closer to finding out where her biological mother lives:  the address to the woman who signed her birth certificate. That mysterious woman, Nurse Mary (Jasmine Guy), is able to fill in some of the blanks for Hannah. Though Mary turns out to just be a good Samaritan, the viewer is hopeful that Hannah’s real mom will be as equally nurturing when the time comes for the two to meet.

October Baby is a heartwarming story that keeps viewers intrigued as more and more secrets are exposed — each more surprising than the last. Hannah’s resilience is inspiring, and Hendrix does a remarkable job in the emotionally demanding role.

The disc is full of featurettes, deleted scenes and revelations that further illuminate the intricacies of the powerful story. In one particular deleted scene we learn a secret about Jason’s girlfriend (Colleen Trusler) that explains what comes off as a severe character flaw.

As the credits roll, it’s revealed that the actress portraying Hannah’s birth mother, Shari Rigby, being involved in this project has allowed her to come to grips with an abortion she had years ago. Rigby hopes that her transparency brings hope to those who have been in the same situation.

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