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Gone with the Wind [DVD] [1939]

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Gone with the Wind is nothing short of dazzling in high definition, and even for those who've picked up any of the DVD releases that have come and gone over the years ought to find the film well-worth rediscovering on Blu-ray. Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. It's impossible not to be bowled over by Rhett's quick wit and confident charm, and despite his vocal disinterest in the war, he's easily the most heroic of its male characters.

Its sights are also aimed at Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Erich von Stroheim, Lon Chaney, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Buster Keaton, and Elizabeth Taylor, among quite a number of others. Her brashness and sass are endearing, of course, but Mammy is more of a maternal figure to Scarlett than her own mother.SD): This featurette explores the 2004 Ultra Resolution remastering rather than the 8K work done for this Blu-ray release, but some of the same concepts certainly still apply. Far too many of her sons are dead or sprawled out across a dirt road in Atlanta with the rest of the wounded. The romance between Rhett and Scarlett doesn't overwhelm the bulk of the film, and part of the intrigue is that it doesn't settle into convention. When they talk about defending the honor of the South, I can't shake the impression that they haven't invested any real thought into the war that stands before them.

Some of the actors, directors, and producers featured here in interviews new and old are Katharine Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Roddy McDowall, Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, June Allyson, Margaret Sullivan, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Groucho Marx, Charlton Heston, Gene Kelly, Joan Crawford, John Huston, David Lean, Judy Garland, Johnny Weissmuller, Richard Brooks, and Samuel Marx. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming's health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. The list of smaller but memorable parts seems endless: Thomas Mitchell as Scarlett's Irish immigrant father who instills in her a profound love of the land, Evelyn Keyes as her spoiled, impossibly jealous younger sister, Butterfly McQueen whose squeaked "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies! Behlmar is somewhat quiet throughout the final half hour, but this last stretch still offers some terrific comments, reflecting on the Southern accents that are and aren't present throughout the film and the abysmal alternate ending that had been unsuccessfully pitched to Selznick. Scarlett's epiphany that closes out the film is preceded by swirling voices that also take advantage of the many channels at its disposal.

Selznick was notorious in the industry for his onslaughts of memos, and it's even mentioned in Rudy Behlmer's audio commentary that much of what's known about the film's production is owed to those reams upon reams of notes. The only topic I would've liked to have seen addressed that isn't touched on at all is MGM's success at animation.

Scarlett has certainly hardened and has been forced to draw from a reserve of strength she never knew she had, but it's debatable just how much she's actually matured.

This is a film that continues to be so wholly captivating that its four hour runtime seems perhaps half that, and its popularity and influence cannot be overstated. The Technicolor hues are sumptuous -- bright and optimistic whenever Scarlett has the opportunity to fully embrace the Southern belle lifestyle and dusty and smoldering in the heat of war. Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond is a 1990 documentary on disc four hosted by actress Jessica Lange featuring memories and tributes from fellow actors Claire Bloom, Kim Hunter, John Gielgud and Sir Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Nonetheless, this 1939 box-office smash remains one of Hollywood's finest achievements, an irresistible spectacle chock-full of the finest stars in the filmic firmament striking sparks off one another. The overall fidelity doesn't transcend the age of the film, but it's clean and reasonably full-bodied, and the same holds true for the dialogue and sound effects.

As a fan of GWTW, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, this box-set is a treasure chest of facts, quotes and footage and was a complete joy to watch. Finally, a soundtrack CD sampler features eight of the most memorable cues from the film and runs just shy of 34 minutes in length. This does little to change the fact that Rhett more than any other man in the film follows through with what he believes to be right, putting himself at great risk along the way. Etsy’s 100% renewable electricity commitment includes the electricity used by the data centres that host Etsy.I'm absolutely not complaining about any lack of extras; this disc alone features nine hours of material, and the audio commentary and the mammoth When the Lion Roars documentary combine to add another ten hours to that. Perhaps its most singularly striking shot is Scarlett wading through the streets of Atlanta that are covered with over a thousand gravely wounded soldiers.

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