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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
    3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I am truly amazed at the short attention span of some and that everything and everyone needs to relate to them.Life is long and boring sometimes that is two reasons why movies were made.Historical fiction is exactly that HISTORICAL FICTION! If this movie was made today relating to modern issues with modern thinking and reasoning,it wouldn't be HISTORICAL but just FICTION. Great story,great acting,great cinematography and great diolog. A must see for the 21st century movie lover who tries to place himself in the era and not the era in today.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I loved it.Really good movie.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    The first time I saw Gone With The WInd when I was six I fell in love!!! This movie is awesome!!! Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable take my breath away every time I watch this movie!!! This flim is a abosolute MASTERPEICE!!! It will alawys be my favorite and it touches me and makes my heart menlt like chocolate everytime I see it!!! Vivien is a AWESOME Scarlett O'Hara!!! They knew what they where doing when they chose her!!! Whenever this was first seen it has been a classic and is still getting more fame as the years pass by. It has the best acting of all time!!! Clark Gable was just as an awesome character than Vivien Leigh. Every actor in this flim is just right for their role. It was the role of Scalett O'Hara that made Vivien Leigh the remembered Hollywood legend that she is today!!!

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This was one of the best movies I have ever seen!It is pretty long, but it makes you laugh and cry and keeps you hooked till the end.A story of love, passion, tragedy and it has a good historical backround.All in all it was a great movie. =)

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    that many people consider this the best movie ever made...unless you happen to be used to what comes out of Hollywood today... most of which is junk! Great story....great history....great love story...great acting.. and for it's time....extraordinary special effects....especially the burning of Atlanta. A classic that should be in any respectable video or DVD collection.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I really liked this film...No wait, I LOVED THIS FILM and always have. Every time the opening title comes up I get goosebumps and I grin. This movie has humor, romance, sorrow, mourning, and makes you really appreciate the life that our ancestors had to live through. It touches me so much and I just can't get enough of this movie. I reccommend it to every single person out there.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone With the Wind is my all time favorite movie, staring Vevien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler,Olivia de Havilend as Melanie Wilkes, and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes. The best love story set in the old South that was ever written. Vevien Leigh played the Best in it. You should read the book as well!

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This is my ALL TIME favorite movie!! I get butterflys in m stomach just watching it! It makes me want 2 be just like Scarlett. Bold, Couragoues, and Unafraid. I wish I could have lived in the 1800's!

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    2.0 / 5.0

    In the eyes of many of its viewers, Gone With The Wind was, and always will be an absolute masterpiece. Ever since this classic came out, its enormous audiences have been memorized by the terrific acting performances and risqué screenplay, introducing the first obscenity ever heard in a motion picture. However, despite the movie¿s worldwide popularity, I believe that this movie has failed in a few different ways. Besides being excessively long and rather boring, its message and impact on audiences is long since extinct. Gone With The Wind is an exceptional portrayal of love and romance. Unfortunately, it¿s an exceptional portrayal of love and romance in the 1860s. In other words, audiences have found it difficult, if not impossible, to relate this movie to their own lives and to understand completely. The plot, which revolves mainly around Rhett Butler and Scarlett O¿Hara, is very dated: not only does it present a ¿fairy-tale¿ world, but it also presents an antique image of love. As a result, audiences are bored and tired at the conclusion of the film. Thus, I give this film three stars: it¿s a failed and outdated attempt at a great film for the 21st century.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    When it comes to classics, nothing beats GWTW. The colors, sound, feel....it's all there. The story of Scarlett and Rhett is better than any around. You can't go wrong with GWTW

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    1.0 / 5.0

    I thought that the book stunk extremely bad and was a no good book i advice nobody to read the book or watch the stupid movie if i could have i would have given it a rating of negative 500 because it was very bad.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This is a great movie. The only bad part is that some people will be put off by the length.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    3.0 / 5.0

    This film is boring. And the color is aweful! I don't think I have ever been so bored. Maybe if you're old and just waiting to die, this flick might fill the lonely hours between the times that your rest home nurse comes by for your next morphine injection or to change your collostomy bag. This is a real snoozer. This 'classic' is a classic rip off. Save your money!

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    1.0 / 5.0

    I thought it was extremely terrible. that is all.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I've watched this movie ever since I was 4 and I still love it all the more 12 years later! I highly recommend this movie to anyone but you really should read the book too. It's truly amazing.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

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

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months 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
    3 years, 11 months 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!!!!

  • IrishMovieMaven
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Over 70 years have passed yet Gone With The Wind remains the yardstick by which all subsequent film epics have been judged. This Super Production of 1939 was the last word in Hollywood entertainment, a sprawling, bigger than life melodrama that was first and foremost a soap opera with the American Civil War as its enormous backdrop. With a then unprecedented running time of 3 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission, the film was an overpowering emotional experience for moviegoers at the time and it continues to enthrall viewers today. It has the perfect cast, Glorious Technicolor, magnificent sets and costumes and perhaps the greatest score ever written for a movie. To top it all off, it features the most indelible romantic pairing in the history of movies : Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Gable Was the epitome of author Margaret Mitchell's conception of Blockade Runner Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh, up until then a relatively unknown British actress, was Scarlett O'Hara right off the pages of Miss Mitchell's magnum opus. To this day, Vivien Leigh's performance as Scarlett is perhaps the most revered piece of movie acting by an actress in the History of Film. Acting styles may have changed drastically over the years but this remains a brilliant performance in any era. Producer David O. Selznick spent the rest of his life trying to duplicate his own masterpiece but was unsuccessful. His heavy breathing western spectacle Duel in the Sun was overripe kitsch and a late 50's remake of Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms was uninspired. His Portrait of Jennie in the late 40's came closest to an artistic achievement, a haunting romantic fantasy starring his wife Jennifer Jones. The enduring appeal of Gone With The Wind boils down to this : for nearly 4 hours the viewer is witness to life being lived, to characters experiencing the good and bad in life over a span of years, to a teeming semblance of history taking place (no matter that it's Hollywood History, the Reel thing as opposed to the Real thing). Other films have tried to duplicate its success : Lawrence of Arabia is a Thinking Man's epic, a triumph in its own right ; Ben- Hur, the 1959 remake is an enormous creation and the most moving of all biblical films; David Lean's somber Russian epic Doctor Zhivago comes close but its wintry romance pales in comparison to Rhett and Scarlett's fiery passion. All in all, Gone With The Wind is a movie monument, an indestructible artifact of Hollywood's Golden Age.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    DVD arrived quickly, and in excellent condition. Was very pleased to find this so easily at B&N.

  • dawnoffire
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    My grandmother introduced me to Gone with the Wind. She always told me "you should have seen it on the big screen like I did." She died two weeks prior to me getting this blu ray set. I had been looking everywhere for the set so we could watch it together. The viewer does get to see the movie in its true form. The rich colors, the amazing wardrobes the actors all come to life. It is an epic movie that no one should miss. I am so ever greatful to my grandmother for inviting me into Rhett and Scarletts life through first the movie then later the book.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gone With The Wind is no doubt a 5-star movie. My favorite characters of all were Melanie/Melly and Bonnie. For 1939, this movie is great in it's quality. The actors are all very well selected for their part.

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    First of all, to anyone who thinks that Gone With The Wind is not a timeless classic, then you don't truly understand the movie. I first saw GWTW when I was 6 years old, and I've always loved it. I have watched it over 100 times and read the book more than 30 times and it's always exciting. Most people my age have never even heard of it, even after they re-released it to theatres after restoring it. They would destroy it if they remade it with today's actors and special effects. Also the reason Clark Gable didn't really try for a southern accent is because Rhett Butler spent the better part of his fictional life travelling the world and people tend to lose accents. He was older than all the other characters, remember. Ashley didn't have much of an accent but then not all southerners did or still do. Vivian Leigh did an excellent job considering that she had to lose her british accent before filming. Anyone who can't see the beauty of this movie should watch it again and then read the book a few times.