Gone with the Wind
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DVD Features: Disc 1 & 2 (The Film)
* Commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer
* 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack
* Original Mono Soundtrack
DVD Features: Disc 3
* The Making of a Legend: Gone With The Wind the acclaimed 1989 documentary made by Selznick's sons and narrated by Christopher Plummer (125 Minutes, Never-before-available on DVD)
* Restoring a Legend- An in-depth look at the restoration and Ultra-Resolution process utilized by Warner Bros. For this new DVD presentation
* Footage from 1939 Atlanta and 1961 Civil War Centennial Atlanta premieres
* The Old South - Fred Zinnerman directed this historical 1940 theatrical short, which was shown by MGM in theatres prior to the release of Gone With The Wind
DVD Features: Disc 4
* Melanie Remembers: Olivia de Havilland Recalls Gone With The Wind - All new documentary produced especially for this new DVD set, features Ms. de Havilland's personal recollections of the film
* Clark Gable: A King Remembered - A Portrait of the legendary actor's long and distinguished career as M-G-M's most famous leading man
* Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond hosted by Jessica Lange, this is an insightful look at Leigh's short and troubled life
* Mini documentaries covering lives and careers of the most prominent cast members
First off, if you're a GWTW fanatic, you must buy this four-disc collection. But then again, you probably don't need to read this to make that decision. For the rest of us, know that the kitchen-sink approach has been established here with two full discs of extras. The film's restoration under Warner's brilliant Ultra-Resolution process is the major contribution to the set. However, the bare-bones version released years ago isn't bad and the film still doesn't pop off the screen as do films from the headier days of Technicolor (like the earlier Ultra-Resolution DVD release of Meet Me in St. Louis). That said, the set is worthy of the most popular movie ever made. Rudy Behlmer's feature-length commentary is dry but an exhaustive reference guide to the entire history of the film. Need more? There's the excellent full-length documentary The Making of a Legend (1989) narrated by Christopher Plummer, plus two hour-long older biographies on the two main stars. There are many new vignettes on the rest of the cast, all narrated by Plummer (a nice touch to tie everything together). The new 30-minute interview/reminisce with Oliva de Havilland will be interesting to older fans, but tiresome for the younger set. The usual sort of trailers and premiere footage is here along with a curious short ("The Old South," directed by Fred Zinnemann) that was produced to help introduce the world to the history of the South. --Doug Thomas
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A lot of people will watch this film and feel outraged at the portrayal of people in bondage happily getting along with their masters. But there lies just beneath the surface tell-tale signs that the pictured world was not as it appeared. As the war goes on, the soldiers get younger - just boys by the end, the people get thinner, and the only ones coming home are terribly wounded. The south was starving and starving people are prey to infectious diseases and they die of them much more readily. Also true is the fact that they ran out of the most basic medical supplies. These women who had once lifted nothing more hazardous than a needle were forced to learn to plow, sew, and reap the fields because there were no men left. They watched their loved ones, including their children, die of diseases and in the rural areas even had to dig their graves themselves. What the Civil War was, was a clash between cultures. The emerging industrial age with its wage slaves and slums and the agrarian age with it's slaves and rigid class system.
A trivial note that some may not be aware of is the tune the carpetbaggers were singing which is named Sherman's March to the Sea. That is actual hymn that used to be in the hymn books in the north usually side by side with the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The first cut ran 4.5 hour but 48 minutes were trimmed before release. Since then, not a second of footage has been eliminated from various home video versions.
The crane shot where Scarlett searches for Dr. Meade was devised by Val Lewton. He went on to produce a number of classic fright films, including CAT PEOPLE (1942) and THE BODY SNATCHER (1945).
Clark Gable's per-day salary was five times as much as Vivien Leigh's.
Yakima Canutt stunted for Gable in the burning of Atlanta sequence, which was the very first scene shot in what would be a marathon production.
Motion picture debut of George Reeves (TV's Superman).
Margaret Mitchell borrowed the novel's title from Ernest Dowson's poem, "Cynara": "I have forgot much Cynara! Gone with the wind." Mitchell also considered calling it "Bugles Sang True," "Tomorrow is Another Day" and "Ba! Ba! Black Sheep." Ashley Wilkes was based on the author's cousin by marriage, 'Doc' Holliday of OK Coral fame.
Martin Luther King Jr. attended the world premiere cotillion ball in Atlanta with his father, an invited guest. Also at the premiere were a handful of Confederate Civil War veterans.
First color movie to win the Best Picture Oscar, also the longest-running. Was nominated for 13 Oscars.
The story of this classic film's creation is almost as dramatic as the movie itself. A two-hour 1988 television documentary, THE MAKING OF A LEGEND: GONE WITH THE WIND, is an ideal companion piece. Narrated by Christopher Plummer, it includes archival footage, screen tests and interviews with several who were involved in the production from both sides of the camera.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(8.2) Gone With the Wind (1939) - Vivien Leigh/Clark Gable/Leslie Howard/Olivia de Havilland/Barbara O'Neil/Thomas Mitchell/Ann Rutherford/Hattie McDaniel/Butterfly McQueen/George Reeves/Evelyn Keyes/Victor Jory/Cammie King/Ward Bond/Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson/Cliff Edwards/Yakima Canutt (uncredited: Marjorie Reynolds/Si Jenks)