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Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition)
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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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"the 1954 reissue was the first time the film was shown in widescreen, compromising the original Academy ratio and cropping the top and bottom to an aspect ratio of 1.75:1. In doing so, a number of shots were optically re-framed and cut into the three-strip camera negatives, forever altering five shots in the film." - Haver, Ronald (1993). David O. Selznick's Gone with the wind. Random House.
On to my review in which I will discuss more of this restoration and special edition rather than the film itself:
This is hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, and I agree with the majority. The film won 8 of the 13 Academy Awards it was nominated for including Best Picture. It ranked #4 on the AFI '100 Years... 100 Movies' list. Though the film has received criticism for it's depiction of slavery, it remains one of the most enduring films of all time.
The restoration of this version is simply perfect. The technology restored the film beyond the original 35mm Technicolor format. Gladly, the 70mm 'widescreen' reissue reels have all faded and been destroyed. The funny thing is the couple of scenes where the HD is so clear that the viewer can see the little 'glitches'. They aren't too noticeable, and it is stunning that a film this old has just a few of these. (You notice it in the distance shots of Tara most often.)
The extra features are a lot of fun. The book included was very interesting and a welcome addition. The music box is great - it plays Tara's theme. The handkerchief is cool, but more of a nostalgic bonus than anything.
Note the Ultraviolet copy must be redeemed by 9/30/2017. Also be aware that used copies might already have the Ultraviolet copy redeemed.
Should you own this release? If you don't have the 70th Anniversary on Blu-Ray then YES. (We have the 70th on DVD so we did pick this up). It is currently the definitive version of Gone With the Wind. In coming years, there might be better releases, but I don't foresee something better than this at this attractive a price in the next decade or so ($35.69 w/Prime was my purchase price).
The listing here is from the Warner Brothers website:
"MUST ENTER REDEMPTION CODE BY 09/30/2017 TO REDEEM ULTRAVIOLET(tm) OFFER. [...]
INCLUDES COLLECTIBLE MUSIC BOX AND HANDKERCHIEF, PLUS STUNNING 36-PAGE BOOK - Join Acclaimed Fashion Designer Austin Scarlett in Exploring the Monumental Fashion of the Film, the Historical and Cultural Events That Inspired It, and the Continuing Influence of Scarlett O'Hara and Her Unforgettable Gowns on Contemporary Designers
Two all new Featurettes: · Old South/New South · Gone with the Wind: Hollywood Comes to Atlanta
Also includes: · Commentary by Historian Rudy Behlmer · The Making of a Legend documentary (1989 TV Special) (Narrated by Christopher Plummer) · Restoring a Legend - Chronicles the Film/ Video restoration Process · 1939 Premiere Newsreel · 1940 MGM Historical Short "The Old South" · 1961 Premiere Newsreel · International Prologue · Foreign Language Version Sample Scenes · Trailer Gallery - 5 trailers · Cast Profile - Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond · The Supporting Players - Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble · Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year - Narrated by Kenneth Branagh · Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On --> Explore the legacy of the most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums. · Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War 1980 WBTV Special · Existing Special never before seen on home video release"
Superbly re-mastered in digital format & affordable also.
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