David O. Selznick wanted Gone with the Wind
to be somehow more than a movie, a film that would broaden the very idea of what a film could be and do and look like. In many respects he got what he worked so hard to achieve in this 1939 epic (and all-time box-office champ in terms of tickets sold), and in some respects he fell far short of the goal. While the first half of this Civil War drama is taut and suspenseful and nostalgic, the second is ramshackle and arbitrary. But there's no question that the film is an enormous achievement in terms of its every resource--art direction, color, sound, cinematography--being pushed to new limits for the greater glory of telling an American story as fully as possible. Vivien Leigh is still magnificently narcissistic, Olivia de Havilland angelic and lovely, Leslie Howard reckless and aristocratic. As for Clark Gable: we're talking one of the most vital, masculine performances ever committed to film. The DVD release has optional French subtitles and theatrical trailer. --Tom Keogh
"The Movie - Part 1 ▪ Remastered Feature ▪ Commentary by Historian Rudy Behlmer (existing)" "The Movie - Part 2 ▪ Remastered Feature ▪ Commentary by Historian Rudy Behlmer (existing)" "About The Movie ▪ The Making of a Legend Documentary (Narrated by Christopher Plummer) ▪ Restoring a Legend Chronicles the Film/ Video restoration Process ▪ 1939 and 1961 Atlanta Premiere Newsreels ▪ Prologue from the International Release Version ▪ Foreign Language Version Sample Scenes ▪ Historical Short Subject ""The Old South"" ▪ Trailer Gallery" "About The Cast ▪ Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland - Exclusive 2004 Documentary (47:12) ▪ Cast Profile - Gable: The King Remembered (66:52) ▪ Cast Profile - Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond (46:00) ▪ The Supporting Players - Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble (XX:XX TBD) - At Tara, At Twelve Oaks, In Atlanta" "New Bonus Disc ▪ Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (new documentary) (70:00 est)² - Narrated by Kenneth Branagh (3 airings on TCM in July) ▪ Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On (32:38) --> 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 (97:21) Existing Special never before seen on home video release"