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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing box set, February 17, 2004
This review is from: Gone With The Wind (Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set) (DVD)
Please note that my disappointment was in no way with "Gone With the Wind" itself, which is, as we all know, is one of the greatest movies of all time. I couldn't say anything about this wonderful film that hasn't been said already. This big, lush, box set, however, left a lot to be desired.
Let's start with the 8 original limited edition lobby card prints. They're obviously colorized, and hideously so. Mammy in a neon pink headdress? The same neon pink as the stripes on the soldier's pants at the charity bazaar? I don't think so. And excuse me, the dress Scarlett wore when she fled from Atlanta and for some time after that was lavendar, not French's mustard yellow. Nor is anyone's skin that "flesh" color, ever.
Moving on to the 6 original black and white photograph cards (and why would you print black and white photos of a beautiful color movie like this, anyway?)...I could have done a better job on my home computer, with screen captures. The pictures, which include Rhett at the bottom of the stairs seeing Scarlett for the first time, are very blurry. Even the close up of Rhett and Scarlett about to kiss (after Frank Kennedy's funeral) isn't clear.
The 35 mm film frame I received was of Rhett bidding Scarlett farewell on the road to Tara; the accompanying art graphic is very dark and muddy. I have to hold the film cell up to bright light to even see it, so forget about framing it.
The 27x40 movie poster was very nice, and I'll end up getting a frame to display it.
The DVD lists its "special features" as interactive menus and scene access; isn't that pretty much standard by now? The extras consist of a trivia game (you don't guess the answers, they'll give them to you on the next screen) and the movie trailer. That's it. One of the greatest films of all time, and that's the best you can do? What about the excellent documentary "The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind"? I have that on VHS and it's wonderful. That could have been added to make a two disc set.
I'd wanted "GWTW" on DVD for a long time, and instead of buying the much less expensive DVD (where I could have had a choice of standard or widescreen versions), I had to hold out for the big box set. I wonder now why I bothered.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2009 6:35:38 AM PDT
The four disc set released several years ago includes the documentary.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 12:33:38 AM PST
Chirag says:
I don't think they had widescreen back then.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 1:07:55 PM PDT
A reviewer unclear about 1930's movies & their advertising.

1) Why would you want to see this classic with the top & bottom cropped off to simulate a widescreen film? It was never intended to be seen that way.
2) Production stills were ALWAYS in B&W then, even if the film was shot in color. Only the motion picture film was in color. Most production stills were on B&W photographic film.
3) Lobby Cards were colorized by the printer, adding color ink to simulate the original colors, because the photographic negatives used at that time were B&W.

These weak points you point out are really an accurate prepresentation of the time the movie was made.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 9:37:25 PM PST
¿ when will you have it in blue ray ?. Please let me know.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 4:45:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2013 4:46:22 PM PST
Kate Runyan says:
There was no movie, just comments , trailers, still shots etc., and 3 disks, a total waste of money.
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