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Plot
    Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Movie Type
    Epic, Romance
Movie Level Themes
    Women During Wartime, Love Triangles, Star-Crossed Lovers, Opposites Attract, Servants and Employers
Movie Level Tones
    Sentimental, Lavish, Rousing, Earnest, Passionate, Sweeping

DVD Features

  • Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer
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      Review

        As epic as the 1,000-plus-page Margaret Mitchell bestseller on which it was based, David O. Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind (1939) went through three directors, a well-publicized search for Scarlett O'Hara, and a then-enormous four-million-dollar budget, resulting in one of the all-time highest-grossing movies. Sparing no expense on sets and costumes, Selznick aimed to produce the ultimate Technicolor blockbuster, faithfully adapting the book's Civil War era travails of Southern belle Scarlett and her roguish match, Rhett Butler. While the film is grand in scale (and length), its cast, especially relative unknown Vivien Leigh as Scarlett and MGM king Clark Gable as Rhett, made the narrative as engrossing as the spectacular recreation of the burning of Atlanta (in which old sets were torched). Premiering first in Atlanta, Gone With the Wind delivered on the promise of the hype, breaking box-office records. Earning an unprecedented 13 Oscar nominations, Gone With the Wind won eight statuettes and two special awards, taking Best Picture in Hollywood's "miraculous" year, as well as Best Director for Victor Fleming, and Best Actress for Vivien Leigh. Best Supporting Actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American actor to win an Oscar. Perennially popular, Gone With the Wind inspired the 1994 sequel Scarlett. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


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      Blu-Ray Drive or Blu-Ray Player

Specifications

  • Release Date: 2/2/2010
  • UPC: 883929104765
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Time: 3:53:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,978

Reviews (65)

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone With the Wind is an exceptional movie! Victor Fleming was way ahead of his time. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable give outstanding performances in this 1939 critically acclaimed blockbuster. The characters are so real and sometimes you even feel like you're in the movie. As you watch the movie, watch Mammy's eye-rolling and advice, or Melly's sweet comfort or Rhett's goodness to Scarlett and Bonnie. GWTW is truly a classic movie and one to be enjoyed for years to come!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    i saw this movie for the first time just yesterday and i have to say it tops my list as favorites! the passion of scralett and rhett together is so amazing! and the ending made me wish for a part 2 of the movie to see what becomes of rhett and if scarlett gets him back by going back to tara and i definetly wont to get the book now!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone With the Wind is the film that is closest to my heart. It manages to move me like no other film can. From the opening credits, with its great musical scoring, I immediately become overwhelmed by what I see in front of me. I begin to get sucked into the riveting world of Scarlett and Rhett. I literally begin to live every moment of the film through Scarlett. I completely love Scarlett and Vivien Leigh's portrayal of her. Scarlett really is the star of the story and Vivien's great acting makes the film twice as good as it is. Scarlett, even with her character flaws, is truly one of my personal heroines. Watching GWTW always makes me wish I was her. I really don't know why. I guess I can attribute this to the fact that I somehow see myself in her. I could never emphasize how much I love this movie. Needless to say, it is my all-time favorite movie and I think it to be the best. If I could drag everyone I know to watch the movie in its almost 4 hour glory, I would. Watch it and for sure it will occupy a special place in your heart. :)

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    best movie i have ever watched, sad and romantic at the same time. I can kill my self watching Bonnie die and Rhett and Scarlet always fight. I cry all the time and it just touches my heart. U should read the book too

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    An excellent movie! So cool! I love it! The end really disappointed me, but despite that, it's still one of my favorite movies! And Rhett is so cool!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    1.0 / 5.0

    I heard this was a good movie, and I was anxious to see it. I was disappointed. Ashlee is so over rated, and that girl was pathetic. the movie was corney and was like a modern day romantic drama. horrible.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    The acting was way above average. I loved all the acting because it was great compared to some of the trash you get these days! Worth the rent but not as good as you might think it is. A-

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    3.0 / 5.0

    'Gone With The Wind' plays like an old friend with its clichés of southern pageantry, its depiction of the noble slave and its lurid burning of Atlanta. David O. Selznick's masterfully told civil war melodrama is based on Margaret Mitchell's best selling novel. Mitchell, it seems, only wrote the book to keep her mind nimble while recovering from a horse riding accident. She never intended that it should be published. She also never intended that any sequel should be written. By now spoiled southern belle - Scarlett O'Hara - has become a lionized icon in the canons of American cinema. It seems odd that Vivien Leigh was not the obvious choice from the start but Selznick spent nearly two years in preproduction and a nation wide search for the greatest female lead in any motion picture. There really isn't much to say that hasn't already been said of this perennial classic. Perhaps the greatest kudos came from a film critic for the New York Times during the 1960s who claimed, 'There have only been two motion pictures in the history of American film; Gone With The Wind and everything else!' This is a flipper disc minted from the 1996 general release print that hit theaters for the film's anniversary. The DVD's color palette seems subdued to say the least, with muddy colors that at times betray the richness and lush lurid feel of the original three strip Technicolor process. Though fine details can be seen even during the darkest scenes, intermittent edge enhancement, shimmering of fine details and aliasing throughout both sides of this disc generally distract. The audio has been remixed to 5.1 and although dated exhibit richness in music tracks not present in the original mono recording. There are no extras. This is a film screaming for a remastering effort with extras that MUST include Turner's 'The Making of A Legend' documentary and at least one audio commentary, not to mention the host of outtakes, test footage and theatrical trailers that exist over at the Warner Archives. The rumor is that 'Gone With The Wind' is getting a new gussied up high def' remastering and should resurface in a deluxe edition sometime next year. I can't think of a better reason to start giving a damn again!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Wow! Before i watched this film i thought that i wouldn't like it, but i decided to watch it and after I saw this movie for the first time and i love it! I have to say that it is one of my favorites. All the actors and actresses do a wonderful job. Scarlet O'Hara(Academy award winner Vivien leigh)is a southern woman who loves on the southern estate o f Tara. Scarlet is a woman who loves a man named Ashely Wilkes(Leslie Howard) but she will come to her senses. Clark Gable plays handsome Rhett Bulter-a man who grows fond of Scarlet and loves her. Melanie(Academy award winner, the wonderful Olivia De Havilland) is a woman who loves and marries ashley and she is friendly, caring, women. I like all the scenes in this movie but my favorite is when Scarlet and Rhett are together. The only thing that i wish is that the ending would be different. At the end, I wish that Scarlet and Rhett would stay together still married. I'm definitely going to read the book. The music is wonderful also. I love the theme to the movie. This is a wonderful film and a must see film. It is a sad, happy, and romantic. A recommend this film to everyone who is a fan of movies. You won't be disappointed. Well done to cast,director, and everyone.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Beautiful! The acting is as good as you can get! Clark Gable brings Rhett Butler to life! It's amazing! I've seen Scarlett, but I still consider Gable to be 'the Rhett Butler.' None ever has or ever will portray Rhett the way he did! Vivien Leigh is amazing as well! She's just Scarlett! That's all I can say.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone with the Wind is the greatest movie ever made! It looks even better now that is has been wonderfully restored. The color is just gorgeous! The extra features are amazing. All GWTW fans need to buy this.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This is by far the best movie made in all of film history. The finest of civil war epic movies, the finest of romance films, and including the most amazing and favorite cast of all, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland. A heart breaking film, of survival, love, war, and courage. It deserved the 10 academy awards, and I LOVE Vivien Leigh in her performance, she is my favorite actress! I recommend this epic with all my heart! Amazing!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Touched. That is what I was. I had never experienced this movie until now. WHY? I ask myself that now. The heartache. What was wrong with that woman. If you watch one movie in your lifetime, make it Gone with the Wind. Before you are...gone..with the wind.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    2.0 / 5.0

    Gone With The Wind is long overdue for a remake. The original version needs to be shelved and redone using a new cast. I would love to see this done using new actors and with the new digital technology being used today.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I love this movie for all of its glory. This movie was made at a time when the motion picture industry was at its height. In 1939 alone, more 'classic' movies were made than at any other time in cinema history. This movie could be compared to the Lord of the Rings of today. I feel that it shouldn't be re-done like someone suggested. It would be like re-doing LOTR 50 years from now because new actors may better fit the parts of the orignal cast. This movie needs to be loved for what it is and not tampered with because times and tastes have changed.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This is absulutely the best movie! It's romantic and adventerous and sooooo REAL! it's just as things happen back then!!! It's awesome

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Brilliant! Gone With the Wind is an incredible movie, but I must say I was disappointed in the first DVD version they released because it had absolutely no extra features. But this one more than makes up for it - it has a superb documentary on the making of GWTW with absolutely fascinating details, biographies of Gable and Leigh (both well done!), an interview with the precious and charming Miss De Havilland, and much more! I LOVE the movie but wont bore you with the million reasons I love this movie for. but I have to say that this DVD version brings so much more to the viewing experience. You cant beat this one! Highly recommended for all film buffs, special effects fans, gable ,leigh and GWTW fans and anyone who likes a good movie.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I first watched this movie 4 years ago and was totally enamored. It is a classic tale of the chains that entrap us within society, as well as personal struggle in the world of money as well as love. I have seen no other movie that can encompass the emotions of people in such varying degrees as I have seen in Gone With the Wind. The actors captured their characters entirely. Not to mention the sets and costumes are perfect. This movie I think mainly due to when it was made, 1939, has a realistic approach and isn't as sugar coated as I could imagine it would be if it had been made in present day. There is definetly something to say for old movies. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable are spectacular as the "star-crossed" Scarlett and Rhett. For anyone who has never seen this movie it is a must see, truly an American classic. If you also like to read an extremely wise purchase would be the novel by Margaret Mitchell. It happens to also top the most well written book in my mind.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    It's no wonder that this movie was selected as one of AFI's 100 Best Movies of All Time. It has all the elements of a melodrama but never sinks into gooshy sentimentality. You have a heroine who rises above her own self-absorption despite her schemes, a handsome self-confident roué who does the South proud, scrappy slaves, a saintly devoted wife, a weak too-honorable husband, fighting soldiers, a hellacious fire and great music, to boot! I never get tired of watching this film and getting involved in everyone's trials, tribulations and triumphs. Get a bucket of popcorn, prop yourself in a comfortable chair and happy watching!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I don't know who wouldn't like this movie. This movie is based on history and how things were back in the day. From fashion to violence - From jelously to love, this movie has it all. Of coarse not everyone is going to agree with 'my opinion,' but @ least watch this movie with an open mind...

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    2.0 / 5.0

    I am a devoted fan of the book, and I was anxious to see the movie, it being so well loved. However, being familiar with and hating the terrible overdramatic acting of most old pictures, I was apprehensious about viewing the movie version of such a beloved book of mine. I was right to be worried. Now of course no movie can live up to the book, time wise, many things have to be cut out, but I was terribly disappointed with the actors, they were phony and at times even laughable, Clark Gable was the only one that did his character any justice, yet still lacking. The characters overall looked the part, very well, (except for Ashley-much too old and ugly) but the feeling and passion which was palpable in the book, and which made it such a classic, is altogether absent in the movie. The scenes are colourful and vibrant, and the costumes etc, very well done, but without the human emotions, the viewer is felt feeling bored and unsatisfied. Not to say, one shouldnt see it, I myself am attracted to a stories characters and their emotions and personalities, so i was left very unsatisfied, but if you like plot and visuals, then by all means enjoy. I think the movie should be remade, but in todays fashion, with actually talented actors, who display realistic emotions and expressions, not the pompous, overplayed ones of the past.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This movie is the best one ever made. It has the power to make one wish they were back in Civil War times. A must see even if one doesn't like this topic or even movies in general!! Awesome!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    3.0 / 5.0

    Great movie, one of the true timeless classics. EXCEPT, why isn't there a WIDESCREEN version that truly captures the majestry of the original? You would think if they were truly going to remaster the original, they wouldn't leave off 30% of the movie. Other than that, do not miss this movie.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone with the Wind is a very touching, exciting,romantic melodrama with memorable lines. It is a quintessential to every movie lovers list. Watch it and buy it on DVD. If you can't buy it now then tomorrow is another day!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    The first time I saw Gone With The Wind I was about 8 or 9. I loved it and have been a fan ever since. It encompasses so many emotions and feelings that everyone experiences. And there are so many characters that you hate and then you love, you become torn. It is my favorite book and movie. It is a story that will last forever.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Classic or contemporary, black and white or color, I love movies. And in my book, GWTW is one of the greatest movies ever made. I'd probably need ten more hands to count the number of times that I've seen it. It never fails, when Rhett asks Scarlett if she would divorce him if Ashley were free, I ALWAYS find myself wishing that she would say no and tell him how happy she is. There are other instances like this where an honest response would have brought the two together. But then this constant conflict is what makes GWTW the love story that it is. I think you can forget about Rhett and Ashley's missing southern accents. Actually, you can forget about the attempts at them (remember, Vivien Leigh was british and needed much coaching!), the movie speaks to you just as the book does. Sometimes I think better. I've read the book several times and it tells of a woman so in enamored with a man that she'll do whatever it takes to have him. However, there's another man in her life that she's inexplicably drawn to(I wonder why?!!). You can imagine or feel Scarlett's feelings when you read the book. But, I think Vivien Leigh's portrayal makes you imagine and feel plus you get a cherry on top, you also get to see Scarlett's mind at work. It was a portrayal deserving of the best actress oscar. I'm not a critic or anything this is just my opinion. I know that it may sound silly to some, but to me, Clark Gable was the ultimate Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh was born to play Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler. It's almost like Scarlett lived inside of her and that she let her out and offered her up on a hugh movie screen for everyone to see. Some may refuse the offer, I very much appreciate and kindly thank her for it.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    i first saw the movie. It was amazing. For people who dont know about history, people did ACT like the way the actors played in that generation. They did an astounding job. Please dont say they are bad actors, they were just recreating the old south. i have lived in the south. well then i read the book. The movie has played it exactly like the book!! it was shocking, double plus. well except they took out some parts beacuse then the movie would be way too long!!!when i was reading the book, i actually saw parts of the movie flashing in and helped me understand fully whats going on in the novel. well scarlett ohara really is something, you may think she was all twisted in the head for not seeing rhetts love for her, but humans can be blind at moments and then finally realize things. the movie has the best actors. vivien leigh played scarlett ohara PERFECTLY!!!!! no one can do better these days!!!!

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This is the greatest movie of all time. Nothing more needs to be said

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I feel that if you are going to write something about what is arguably considered the greatest movie ever made, one really needs to know the back ground of the subject. One "critic" by the name of Michael, writes that he does not understand why the film has never been released in wide screen format like the original theatrical version. Michael, my friend, the film was made in 1939 and there was no such thing as 70mm film. That, by the way, is what wide screen frequently is. All films of the time were shot in 35mm. What one sees on DVD is EXACTLY what Victor Fleming, the director, directed. And someone else complains about the stilted acting. Again, the film is dated 1939. That IS how film acting was done at the time. Film was still relatively new, and so when the spoken word arrived on film a scant ten years before, they used the same style of acting that was used on the New York stage at the time. I know this may sound pompous, but what I just read really irratated me. Before one critiques something, be sure you know what you are critiquing!!! Oh, one last thing, to the writer that said Clark Gable was the only one putting on a decent performance, watch it one more time. He and Leslie Howard do not even attempt to fake Southern Accents. Only Vivien Leigh and Olivia Havilland attempt them, after long and intensive coatching by David O'Selznik. "Nuff" said.

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Perfect everything. If you take into account when the movie was made (I fully agree with A reviewer (andrewgero) this is a masterpiece. I do admit that I have seen the movie before I have read the book and it might have made the difference (I know from my experience with other movies/books that it might ruin the movie) nevertheless - especially after having seen the movie about making the movie I am a devoted admirer of everything about this movie. Did you know that because of budget and time issues Tara - building did not exist? It was painted on the glass. That Twelve Oaks had no roof? The impressive round staircase ends in the blue. Amazing, unforgatable, gorgeous acting - like Margaret Mitchell wrote the parts for these particular actors. LOVE IT and have seen it almost 20 times!!!!