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Gone with the Wind [DVD]
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1939 Copyright: 2004 Edition - by Margaret Mitchell - DVD's.
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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product Description
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I will finish my thoughts by saying this: Don't I don't like the movie because frankly I love it. It's the special features that ruin the disc. Still, my final review for the film is 5 stars and my final review for the features is 1 star. But altogether I give it 4 stars because we still buy movies for the film and not the features anyway.
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.Read more ›
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It was very well done and early and could not be better.
It was great in the 1940's but it's the past and has lost it's interest.Published 5 days ago by Gilles Chauvin
Love this movie!!!! im reading the book as well watching the movie together!!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this 3 stars only because of the red velvet box it comes in. When you open it the lid keeps closing so you have to hold the lid with one hand and take out all the fantastic... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tabatha
The 2nd disc has tons of parts where the sound cuts out and you can't hear anything. Also part of the picture keeps cutting it out and flashes white.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unmatched in annals of Hollywood Movies. Entertaining for the whole three hours. Two amazing actors of Hollywood's Golden Age. An absolute must see.Published 3 months ago by Kristina
Très satisfait, reçu dans le temps, mais égratignure sur le DVD dans emballage neufPublished 4 months ago by Ronnie Robichaud
You can`t go wrong with this DVD. The acting, music and story line are classic!Published 4 months ago by Capt'n