Gone with the Wind [Blu-ray] DTHD/DD5.1

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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 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

    1.0 / 5.0

    I thought it was extremely terrible. that is all.

  • Anonymous
    4 years 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
    4 years 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
    4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I loved it.Really good movie.

  • Anonymous
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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
    4 years 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