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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. --Tom Keogh
- Gone With the Wind
Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc Edition)
One of my favorate Movies of all time.......more info
- one on?f the best classic movies !
I bought this DVD for my father's birthday, he loves the movie, and me too !!...more info
- A sweeping epic!
This is one of the most beautiful films of all-time. Gone with the Wind is a classic and forever will be! Vivien Leigh plays Scarlett O'Hara, and she is the only actress that could play this part, she was one of the most gorgeous women of her time. Clark Gable is not too shabby himself, he is near perfect as Rhett Butler. The romance between Scarlett and Rhett is red hot, and when they get snippy with each other, they sizzle with hatred and smoldering intensity. This is one film everyone and I MEAN everyone must see in his or her lifetime. The score is dramatic and full of life, the acting is absolutely astounding, and the story is pure magic. They don't make films like this anymore, I highly recommend this southern dream out!...more info
- A worthy epic
Wow. This is quite possbily the longest film I know of. But for once, that is a good thing. In fact, I did not mind the length in the least except the minor inconvenience of switching the dvd's halfway through.
I only recently watched this and I must say I was quite happy with it. First off, I must say that the quality of the restoration is incredible. It looks like it could have been made recently as opposed to decades ago. I was in awe of it. It must have taken them months and months of painstaking computer work to accomplish this. I wouldn't watch it any other way.
As for the film, well, it really is unique. So much goes on and its quite a journey. Rhett Butler has got to be one of my favorite characters anywhere. Clark Gable was simply wonderful in this. I adored the bickering between Rhett and Scarlett, it was really a joy. I can't believe I waited so long to watch this. I understand some liberties had to be taken in regards to the book. I know that they didn't include 2 of Scarlett's children. I did not read the book so I don't know how important they really were to the movie. I know purists argue this but since I am only basing this review on the movie, I didn't feel that it felt like something was missing from it. It felt complete and thorough. It really is a masterpiece as far as films go. ...more info
- Awesome considering when it was made
There are a few silly mistakes in the film, and I was suprised to see they were using blue screen already. However this is a classic drama with great strong performances. Hope someone remakes it someday....more info
The second disc was unviewable....the video dragged and the audio was bad. After contacting the seller I have yet to hear anything....more info
- The Civil War, A Southern Belle, An Epic Tale
After 691 reviews (as of 03/06/08) what possibly is left to be said about the '41 Civil War period piece / romance epic `Gone with the Wind'? A film way ahead of its time, this winner of 10 Academy Awards excelled in every conceivable category; cinematography, color, costumes, soundtrack, storyline, direction and acting. Who could ever forget the likes of; Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard along with an unforgettable cast with names you may not remember but faces you will never forget.
When you think of the true cinematic classics, the real -5 Star- films that consistently appear in the top ten lists of professional critics and the everyday movie buff alike, the masterpiece `Gone with the Wind' is a perpetual inclusion.
One of the essentials: -5 Stars-....more info
- Wrong date
This movie, one of the all-time greats, was released in 1939, not 1941. Who was the goof do put that down?...more info
- Never in my life have I known you to have a handkerchief.
Nothing more can be said about this film, the most successful independent film of all time, and this DVD release is eye-popping to behold. But the 5.1 mix has flopped channels and I'm astounded that no one else has mentioned it here. Do most people, who claim to be movie-lovers, just plop the discs in the player and sit there stuffing their faces and yelling at the kids while the movie flickers helplessly across their televisions, without noticing that the left/right channels are flopped? First example: the little boys swinging the bell at the beginning - the bell swings to the left, the ring is to the right, and vice versa. Scarlett's flung vase shatters on the right, when she throws it to screen left.
This is not a problem with my set-up; all other films I pump through the speakers are perfect. I've even tried it on the earphones and it's awful. It would be nice to switch over to the original mono mix, mostly because I'm a purist and it's a better mix anyway, but that apparently was just slapped onto the DVD set without any sweetening and is so grating to the ears as to be painful.
There. My one complaint in this review is not about the film, but about the DVD release. I have no complaints about the film; accusations of racism are justified, but pointless. It was 1939. Get over it. And anyone with any historical intelligence can sit there, watch the film, and see that the South, the white South, is portrayed as a bunch of yammering, racist, ignorant small-town fools who deserved to lose everything. Rhett says this over and over again and Scarlett herself comes to realize it. So the film has many layers - romance for the Old South, realization that it was a very, very bad idea. By the end, it isn't about war or slavery, it's about two people who loved each other so much, it hurt them....more info
- Gone With the Wind
One of the world's most cherished and enduring pictures, "Wind" was birthed in the mind of novelist Margaret Mitchell and incubated by the brilliant, obsessive David O. Selznick, who spared no expense in bringing this powerful, affecting story to the big screen. The ultra-lavish production features ornate costumes and art design, jaw-dropping set pieces and historical sequences (especially the burning of Atlanta, for which a Hollywood set was torched), all wrapped around the story of a resourceful, if not likable, heroine. Leigh plays the self-absorbed Scarlett to perfection, while Gable's Rhett is devilishly suave and fiercely masculine. Grand studio filmmaking at its aristocratic best, Selznick's brainchild nabbed an armload of Oscars, including Best Picture....more info
- Ecstacy and Agony
"Gone with the Wind" is a fabulous film, the film by which all others are gauged. It debuted in 1939, perhaps the year that produced the most high quality films of all time. Watching this film is like viewing a great painting. Every time I watch it I get something new. I also detect subtleties and insights I never recognized when I was younger.
I won't attempt to summarize this well-known film, because I see that there have been over seven hundred reviews before this one. I will tell you about a personal experience that some reviewers might find interesting.
Many years ago when I was a medical student, I spent three months as an observer on a psychiatric ward containing patients with mixed diagnoses. One of the patients was an inconspicuous old lady diagnosed as a catatonic. She simply rocked in her rocking chair and stared at the floor. She was totally unresponsive. A psychiatrist asked me if I'd like to look at her history...and...what a history it was. There was a scrap book with letters, press clippings and newspaper photographs.
It turns out, as a young [and quite beautiful] woman she was a Georgia debutante. The letters were from...well... a director with the initials DOS. The earliest letters were enthusiastic saying that she was a shoo-in for the part of Scarlett Ohara. Then the letters grew more tentative stating that she must realize that she had serious competition from Bette Davis, Kate Hepburn and Vivian Leigh. The letters grew increasingly pessimistic and finally rejected her altogether. Reportedly, this little old lady's decline started the same day.
Ron Braithwaite author of novels--"Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God" on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico...more info
- Ageless Classic
This movie was great over 60 years ago and is just as awesome to this day. Some of the 'special effects' of Gone With The Wind may pale in comparison to our computer and digitally enhanced graphics now, but are still worth watching and experiencing nonetheless. ...more info
- A True Classic That Entertains Even 70 years later!
Calling this the best movie ever made is not plain hype and in my opinion this movie easily falls within the top 5 movies ever. As a measure of just how good this is, despite it being very close to 70 years old and despite it being almost 4 hours long, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this from start to finish without ever being conscious of the time except when I had to flip the disc over at the intermission. I was captivated by the backgrounds, the sets, the costumes and especially of the very, very good acting by all the cast which seems to be a lost art these days.
The video quality was also very impressive given the very well done digital remastering that they did on it as well as on the sound which comes in both the original mono and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. I can only wonder what the Blu-Ray version would be like! There are no real special features to speak about except for the thearetical trailers though but I guess as far as one disc restored and remastered versions go, this is a very good dvd.
This movie deserved every one of its 10 Oscars and so long as the cream keeps on rising to the top, this film will remain a classic to be enjoyed for many, many more years to come.
Highly recommended!...more info
- I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE, BUT FRANKLY.....................!
I have seen this film only two times prior to this viewing. My mother saw this film at the movies in 1939 and it is her favorite movie! My parents are up for a visit and I decided to break out my 4 disc edition of this American classic and watch it with my parents! This film is made for a larger screen and my home theater was just what the doctor ordered. First off the print and transfer on this 4 disc edition is exceptional! I was amazed at the tight crisp picture and clear audio. The extras are also above and beyond. The movie itself holds up extremely well and moves along much faster than the you would think for a film that is almost four hours long! My mother still thinks this is the best picture ever made and I must admit it is excellent. I may agree that it could be the greatest film from that time period, but not my personal favorite of all time. A masterpiece in story telling that is almost like reading a book. A must see film!...more info
- Great entertainment--if you can overlook the rancid racism
I thoroughly enjoyed Gone with the Wind as entertainment and spectacle. The epic romance, even if it is about two rather shallow people (but what hilariously shallow people!). The lavish sets and sweep of the story are both to be commended. I can see why this movie is so remembered.
However, I am not African American, and I try to imagine what it would be like to see it through their eyes. The movie glorifies the slave-holding South ("the land of plenty and grace"!), and every black person--except the uppity black carpetbagger--is docile, happy-go-lucky, and stupid. Yes, stupid. The movie shares its era's perception that blacks aren't genetically up there with the white folks and runs with this idea for all it's worth. Crissy, especially, is the personification of every racist stereotype imaginable: brain-dead, cowardly, hysterical, likes to sing, etc. Incredibly, the movie even thinks giving black Americans the right to vote is a mistake since they are easily misled by Yankees--as shown in that "You'll vote for your friends" scene. And, of course, the Klan is glorified as a means of taking back Southern pride from uppity blacks and Yankees as shown by Ashley and Scarlett's second husband going after the people in the "shanty town." And truly, do we really need to worry about the spoiled desires of two white people when millions of blacks were suffering through the worst humiliation and pain in the history of this country? Excusing the blatant racism in this movie as "it's a product of its time" will only get you so far.
So, yes, this is a good movie--but you might as well make an epic romance about the marital problems of two spoiled German Protestants during, say, the Holocaust. And only because the people suffering here are black and not white can this movie get away with it. ...more info
- MY FAVORITE MOVIE AN NOW ITS REMADE TO LOOK EVEN BETTER
Im only 21yrs old an i hated when my grandma an grandpa would make me watch old western movies an things like that well one day we were watching this movie an instantly fell in love with it im now a little older an im buying it on DVD for my own personal collection my friends just cant see why i like this type of movie an honestly i cant either except for the fact i know i love it Scarlett Ohara is so beautiful an fiesty an just everything that makes me love her lol waiting on my copy now!! if you liked it on VHS why not but it now an see it in even better sound an picture what more could you ask for...more info
- the greatest then, the greatest now
to put it simply....the GREATEST MOTION PICTURE of all time, then, now, and forvermore, those that say otherwise are either negligent, ignorant or just plain unaware of their surroundings and of the magnificence that went into this one of a kind motion picture, from start to finish it holds your interest from frame to frame......perfect in every way....those that know this know it...and those that dont know will never get it. suffice it to say....again.....the GREATEST MOTION PICTURE of all time. period!! i just witnessed this wonderful showing again on the always graceful and wonderful T.C.M. by robert osborne who's is in a class by himself . to have this incredible channel is beautiful. as with any one who truly knows movie's this is SO.!! on my list as the number one movie of all TIME. AAAA no. 1...more info
- Tomorrow is another day!
This is a priceless classic. There is an audience for an authenic sequel. If not tomorrow, maybe next Christmas....more info
- The Immortal GWTW
Gone With the Wind is one of the alltime greatest movies ever made, with something for just about everyone to enjoy, whether it is the fine performance by Hattie McDaniel as "Mammy" or the scenes of Atlanta burning as Sherman marches to the sea. Some of the history is good, and none is as bad as its detractors would like it to be.
If you have not seen GWTW, you must do so to say that you know great American films....more info
- best film ever
simply the best film ever from start to finish it captures the imagination and despite its length you never want it too end. All the cast put in sterling peformances. Aside from all those classic scenes one of my very favourties is the scence between Hattie MacDaniel & Clark Gable after Bonnie is born particularly when they tease one another and mammie lifts her skirt to reveal the red petitcoat!
A timeless classic and i like the fact that the film has a multi racial cast and resulted in Hattie getting a much deserved oscar. Vivien Leigh and Olivia De Havilland are among my most favourite actresses ( Bette Davis, Joan Crawford & Lana Turner included)
buy it immediately everyhing right down to the theme music is perfect...more info
- Scarlett O'Hara against the Whole World!
As Reviewer Gary F. Taylor clearly states in his excellent review do not expect historical accuracy nor political-correctness from this film. More than 60 years has elapsed since it was filmed and IMHO it will be unfair to focus on those two items to evaluate it.
The story is well known; still I'll sketch it for reviewing convenience.
Scarlett O'Hara is a very young & mercurial wealthy southern heiress just at the start of Civil War. She is infatuated with his neighbor Ashley Wilkes.
Rhett Butler is a mysterious gentleman from Charleston, skeptical about war.
He eavesdrop Scarlett's desperate love declaration to Ashley and his rejection. He is somehow enticed by this passionate girl. He makes a gallant overture but he is turned down cold by angry Scarlett.
War erupts disturbing everybody's life!
Ashley marries his cousin Melanie and immediately departs to the front. Distressed Scarlett marries one of her suitors and soon become a young widow.
In a few years South is starting to be defeated and Sherman's invading forces find Scarlett at Atlanta. Rhett rescue her from the burning city.
As South sinks, so does Scarlett & company... nevertheless she will struggle with each menace, peril or foe with all her strength using whatever resource she has at hand.
The movie is the chronicle of her deeds and its costs!
Clark Gable performance's as Rhett Butler is really top-notch, deserving his Oscar nomination (and more). With subtleness he composes a complex character: cynic yet chivalrous, tough yet kindhearted, detached yet madly in love with Scarlett.
Vivien Leigh's Scarlett is a legendary performance. She portrays Scarlett from nearly adolescent until a grown up woman, from a scatterbrained damsel into a willful business woman. Her Oscar was more than well deserved.
What to say about the "secondary" or "supporting" actresses & actors! Olivia de Havilland (nothing less), Oscar nominee; Hattie McDaniel, Oscar winner; Leslie Howard gives an excellent performance, even personifying lukewarm character; Butterfly McQueen as childish irresponsible Prissy; Ward Bond in a minor role; veteran Harry Davenport as Dr. Meade and so on.
All technical items are exceptional!
Ernest Haller's color picture is unbelievable beautiful. Atlanta burning images are just unforgettable. Prolific Haller, more than 182 films, won his only Oscar with this film yet he will be nominated several times more.
Musical score authored by multi-awarded Max Steiner underlines each scene & mood outstandingly.
Director Victor Fleming will be always remembered for directing this film, nevertheless even if he never repeated such allure he directed some other excellent ones as this film, The Wizard of Oz(1939), Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1941) and Joan of Arc, this last film is IMHO very underrated, deserving better treatment.
A Classic movie you should see and appreciate!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
- Yep, that's four hours of my life gone with the wind, all right.
Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
I have hated Gone with the Wind for decades based on little snatches of it that I've seen here and there over a long period of time. I thought that, perhaps, I might be giving it short shrift, so a few nights ago, I sat down to watch the entire four-hour extravaganza from beginning to end. It somehow doesn't surprise me that I now hate the film in an entirely new, more passionate, more comprehensive way than I did previously.
My main bone of contention is not that the film is far, far too long for the skimpy subject matter it explores-- an hour and a half running time might have helped immensely-- but that Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, in the final ninety minutes of the film, break the cardinal rule-- they manage to screw everything up by simply not talking. These are incredibly stupid, shallow people. Why have generations wasted four hours on this twaddle? And why do some do it every year? I've heard many people refer to it as a great romance; maybe this is a good portion of what's wrong with America today. If this is your idea of a great romance, folks, then perhaps you need to go back to the well and think a little more about what constitutes a great romance. I'm pretty sure that philandering, jealousy, all the character depth of a piece of onionskin, and a decided lack of intelligence should not be contributing factors.
While the visual spectacle of the thing is inarguable, everything else about it-- the pace, the characterization, the script, all of it-- are just plain awful. And the romance? There is none. *...more info
- For Heaven's sake
It is Gone With the Wind, what in Heaven's name can I add to that?!?...more info
- Quite Simply One of the Greatest Movies of All-Time
This is the 716th review of this movie! What can I say that has not already been said about this wonderfully compelling movie? I will not comment on the restoration process or the pros and cons of buying the 2-disk or 4-disk set, as this is adequately discussed by many other reviewers. I will say that this movie won 10 Academy awards and is still regarded as the 6th best epic movie of all-time. That should be credentials enough to want to view this extraordinary movie.
Watching this movie is an absolutely delightful experience, and I can just imagine attending the movie in the theatre for the first time! I can just imagine the excitement and the buzz of conversation during the intermission, for the first half of this movie is quite unlike any other movie up to that date in time. This is a visual experience on film unlike any other. The cinematography is what amazed me. The magnificence of the sets, the lighting, the dramatic closing shots of scenes, and the sheer enormity of the film floors the viewer. I will never forget the camera shot of Scarlett looking for the doctor in the streets of Atlanta, going from wounded soldier to wounded soldier as the camera slowly backs away revealing the enormity of the wounded lying in the streets as Sherman's cannons bomb the city to flames. Similarly, there is also the shot of Scarlett declaring at Tara (her planation home) that she would never go hungry again. The sky backdrop is so vividly lit, and the indomitable spirit of life that resides in Scarlett's chin-up, upright silhouette speaks volumes about her ability to survive the war and the destruction of her beloved Tara.
Gone With The Wind is one of the greatest films of all-time as it transcends time itself. It is still as relevant today as it was in 1939 (the greatest year in film history by the way, as The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington were also released this year). It is truly an epic of epic proportions, the best of its day by a wide margin, and not to be eclipsed for decades.
This is a wonderful movie experience; one you will never forget. And unlike Rhett Butler, at the end of this film dear reader, you frankly will "give a damn".
- Four-Disc Collector's Edition Gives New Luster to Selznick's masterpiece...
Just as Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was one of the most readable works ever written, so is David O. Selznick's production one of the most watchable films of all time. Something is happening every moment--and all of the characters relate to each other in fascinating ways only apparent after repeated viewings. It's the kind of movie that transports you to a time and place that may not have existed except in the mind of its Southern author--and yet, whatever historical inaccuracies are presented here--it's a remarkable achievement and has rightly become a part of American folklore and culture.
No other film has so many memorable "quotes" from a large cast of characters--and at the centerpiece is Vivien Leigh's striking performance as the willful Southern belle. Others around her are equally impressive, down to the smallest character roles--everyone has their moment of glory with the only weakness being the casting of Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes. Otherwise, the casting is perfect--Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Harry Davenport, Jane Darwell, Victor Jory, Ann Rutherford, Rand Brooks, Ona Munson--and the wonderful Hattie McDaniel giving the most genuine display of emotion in the whole film with her "staircase scene" with Melanie when she tells Scarlett's friend what Rhett has said and done after Bonnie's death.
All of the sets, costumes, art direction and photography are of the highest order. William Cameron Menzie's production design is superb (he storyboarded the whole concept of what the scenes should look like with beautiful watercolor paintings). The one film above all others that shows what Hollywood's expertise could do with a gigantic novel when transferring it to the screen.
Much of the dialog is witty and pointed with some of the best lines delivered in mocking style by Clark Gable. An abundant amount of humor and sharp observations about human nature are present in the script. No wonder it's still the most beloved American movie of all time--not just here in the U.S. but elsewhere in the international market. It was an instant classic and still remains one, richly deserving all eight of the Oscars it won, as well as the Irving G. Thalberg Award for David O. Selznick.
Selznick would have been proud of what the Ultra-Resolution process has been able to achieve in the new 4-Disc version. Image clarity has never been as fully realized before and makes the viewing an even richer movie-going experience for today's viewers. Highly recommended.
"The Making of a Legend" is included, one of the best documentaries ever filmed about a feature film that was an instant classic with critics and public, and the "Melanie Remembers" feature gives Olivia de Havilland the chance to recall why making the film remains one of her favorite memories.
- Enhanced film classic
Previous DVDs of GWTW have lacked the clear colors and enhanced redition of this movie classic. Highly recommended for the movie enthusiast. ...more info
- Everyone should own a copy of this
My grandmother first introduced me to this movie and I've owned a copy since it first came out on DVD. Based upon one of the best-written novels of all time, the film is outstanding in it's own right. Covering the war from the viewpoint of it's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, 'Gone With the Wind' explores the effects of the war on a well-to-do Southern family and the plantation they live on, Tara. A wonderful character study, Scarlett and her romantic interest, Rhett Butler, do what they must to survive in trying times. The characters are not perfect, never sappy, and always mesmerizing. This is simply a film you should own - not rent - and share with your family and friends. Timeless, even if you normally do not enjoy vintage films!...more info
- Isn't the defense of slavery romantic!
I wonder what kind of reception GWTW would have gotten had it come out in 1945 and been about a love affair between a man and woman in Nazi Germany. Imagine Rhett Butler as the dashing U-boat captain who constantly evades those pesky British destroyers in the North Atlantic. Picture Scarlett O'hara as the totally self-absorbed Fraulein who can't quite figure out what is in all those trains leaving town for central Europe because she is too busy thinking about a party dress. Despite the cinematic qualities of the film - which are undeniable - I cannot get past the fact that it romanticizes a society based on an evil institution. Achtung, darling, I don't give a damn. ...more info
- Better Than Expected
It opens by telling us that the South exists no more, except in books. I believe this particular version of the South never existed at all except in this book. But even so, it's more watchable than I expected. It may be idealistic and melodramatic, but I'm still glad I've seen it. Does anybody remember that, in this movie, Jesus took a bullet? Rhett Butler's a great character, plus that's Clark Gable. But Vivian Leigh also did a great job with the growth of Scarlett O'Hara. A little bit of Mitchell's actual prose made its way onto the screen, leading me to believe it's every bit as syrupy and unreadable as most folks who have read it claim. Apologies to those who think it's the greatest book and/or movie of all time, but I'm not one of you. However, at the end of this four-hour epic, when Rhett Butler walked out, I was sad. It is moving. I think she'll get him back. What about you? After all, tomorrow is another day....more info
- Gone With the Wind
I had to wait awhile, but it was well worth it to get a great rendition of this classic movie...more info
- The type of film that old Hollywood did so well....
This is one of the greatest films ever made, one of the greatest epics ever made, and it's the signature film of David O. Selznick, one of the great, old Hollywood producers (similar to Irving Thalberg and Darryl F. Zanuck) who are as much auteurs as directors are. The film is 4 hours, yet it never feels long, it's so well made. There are no dull stretches at all in the film, which is amazing, considering the production was rather turbulent at times. The credits say "written by Sidney Howard, produced by David O. Selznick, and directed by Victor Fleming", and that is rather deceptive. Selznick was really the creative force behind this film, as there were nearly 8 writers on the film, and Victor Fleming was one of three directors. Fleming had 2 nervous breakdowns during filming, and he was replaced by Sam Wood and George Cukor. Selznick himself directed some scenes as well. The Technicolor photography is wonderful, and the performances are some of the greatest in cinema. Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable show why they are considered 2 of the greatest actors to ever grace the Hollywood screen. The film is a bit romanticised at times, and it doesn't really go into the major causes of the Civil War, but it's still very entertaining and so well done you don't mind. This is the type of film that old Hollywood could do in their sleep.
- GONE WITH THE WIND (2 disc. edition)
I purchased 3 copies of the video; one for my mom, one from my daughter-in-law, and one for myself. My mom is 85 & wanted a copy for herself so that she could watch whenever she wanted & pause whenever she wanted. My daughter-in-law was born in New York, grew up in Mass.; now living with my son in Atlanta. She one day told me that she thought she was the only person living in Atlanta who had not read or seen GONE WITH THE WIND. For her 29th birthday, I purchased the video and the book from Amazon. She, like my mom & I, loves both the book & video. I have read the book 3 times & will continue to watch the movie over and over. It is timeless...and we who love the book and movie keep hoping and praying that Scarlett will somehow "see the light" & love Rhett as much as he loves & adores her. We cry with her as she struggles to survive the Civil War, Carpetbaggers, and hunger, applauding as she vows that she & her family "will never be hungry" again. I recommend this video to anyone who enjoys historical romance, and a video that can be watched with the entire family...no matter how young or how old! BUY TODAY & ENJOY OVER AND OVER!!!...more info
- The best movie ever produced, in human history
I saw this movie, here in Brazil.Being released in 1939, after almost 70 years later, this movie remains, the best movie ever produced in human history.Great art doesn't gets older.And this movie is great, in all ways of this word.Long, with almost four hours long, but no other movie could be better.You lives just one time;then you must see this movie, at least one time, in your life....more info
- A classic that holds up with time, buy the DVD!
If you bought this in VHS format when it first came out, get rid of the VHS version and buy this 2 disc edition. This is a film you will want to have in your collection for all time. It is crisp and beautiful, the color and sound is great and plays well. This film was made in a different time and era when beliefs and morality were looked on differently but enjoy it for itself and dont't try to judge it by todays standards. The performances speak for themselves and the richness of the film is always breathtaking. A timeless classic......more info
- Gone with the Wind not gone
This film,always a classic, arrived within the scheduled time period. The film case was in good shape,just a few scratches. The film itself is in excellent condition: color and sound are great. The film still has appeal: doesn't matter that it was originally produced seventy years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed watching it,again!...more info
- One of the Best of Hollywood's Golden Time
This would be arguably the best film made during the so-called "golden years" of Hollywood. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film won 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best adapted screenplay by Sidney Howard and Best Director, Vic Fleming, known more for his Oscar nomination as Best Director for the timeless, The Wizard of Oz.
I dislike using this word, but Gone with the Wind is your `quintessential' American film & story. Set wholly in the Deep South just prior, during and after the Civil War, historically the movie seemed to capture the tone, attitudes, ambience and sentimentality of the time period. Gone with the Wind managed to harness that "fighting spirit" that culturally the United States is known for...in terms of never giving up and life's essential contradictory combination of ugliness and beauty. More so, however, the film is a love story, a tragic love story and our changing times.
The last time seeing Gone with the Wind was by sheer fluke, playing at a small cinema across town. There is that captivating scene where Scarlett O'Hara (the beautiful Vivian Leigh) stands at the top of the winding staircase and sees for the first time, Rhett Butler, (Clarke Gable); the camera sweeps down the staircase for a close up at Gable's roguish smile, and still, after seventy years, the theatre filled with the sighs of women, young and old, over Clarke Gable's looks and charm - astonishing.
Sidney Howard won Best adaptation screenplay that year, (1939) but after the film was made and he was nominated, died on his farm, his tractor falling upon him. Howard was the first writer to win an Oscar posthumously from the academy...a brilliant writer.
There were many beautiful stars during the Golden Age but personally, Vivian Leigh as a child and now, so many years later, remains my ideal woman: feisty, strong, tragic and attractive till the end of her life. My other favourite role of Ms. Leigh's was in Tennessee Williams', A Street Car Named Desire, as another (tragic) character, Blanch...beautiful, extraordinary yet ultimately tragic.
One cannot write about this film without mentioning "mammy" (Hattie McDaniel) the black house servant that stayed with Miss O'Hara through it all...Hattie was the first black American actress in American film history to be nominated and win the Oscar for Best supporting actress in Gone with the Wind. As a child, her character always made me wish that she would be a family member in our household...no pretension, say's what she feels and so caring.
Although best viewed on the big screen, Gone with the Wind can be appreciated on DVD because it is that kind of timeless film that should never be forgotten.
- A great gift!
My 88 year old friend mentioned one day,after she caught the end of
"Gone With the Wind" on cable, that she had never seen the movie in it's entirety. I tried to rent it in town, but to no avail. Amazon.com had it! and for less that $10.00 it came to Craig, Alaska soon where my friend was just so very happy to finally see this great movie. Thank you !...more info
- It's still a GREAT movie!!
This was an outstanding movie 50 years ago, when it ran in the same theater in Norfolk, VA for a year . . . and it's still an outstanding movie!...more info
- Gone With the Wind
Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition) 1939
Excellent movie, excellent price. I got it for free shipping, but it took almost two weeks to get to me. I think it is worth the extra few bucks to get stuff sooner....more info
this purchsae was a gift for my wife, she was just please to get the movie, but when she found out that she got all of the extras too, she was overjoyed. i would reccomend this as a must have for all gone with the wind enthusiasts....more info
- Gone With The Wind DVD
Truly. It was an impulse buy. I haven't even opened it much less viewed it. I just wanted to have it in my collection....more info
- I know I reviewed this one before!
It is my favorite movie and book of all time and I know I reviewed it earlier. This was a great set for anyone who loves "GWTW" at much as I do! Definitely recommend it!...more info
- missing minutes
The movie was missing the last 10 minutes--so my daughter watched the 3 hr movie without the last 10 minutes---very disappointing!!...more info
I was very impressed with the packaging, movie and footage. I would recommend purchaasing from this seller anytime....more info
- Gone with the Wind
This is definitely a great movie classic, of course, and will have an honored place in the DVD library. Recommend for everyone to see....more info
- One of the Greatest Motion Pictures in the History of Cinema
Gone with the Wind is quite simply one of the greatest films ever made. Its a masterpiece on all levels of production: the acting is first rate, the epic story is breathtaking and awe inspiring, the cinematography and the depth of detail is extraordinary and the production values are astounding.
Vivien Leigh stars as Scarlett O'Hara, a young girl living with her family on their southern cotton plantation, Tara. She is desperately in love with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), an attraction which proves hopeless when it is announced that he is to wed his cousin, Melanie Daniels (Olivia de Havilland).
At a party at the Wilkes', she tells Ashley of her love for him but is spurned. Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), who has overheard their conversation, takes a fancy to Scarlett and makes a pass at her. She turns him down however, still obsessed with Ashley and painfully jealous of Melanie.
Apart from all this, Scarlett's life is perfect. However, the outbreak of the American Civil War throws everything into chaos and changes her family life and that of the whole country forever.
The film charts Scarlett's life from her early teenage years up until her adult life, charting her adventures in Georgia during the horrific attacks on the town as well as her reclaiming Tara after the war and her marriage to Rhett Butler. It also vividly chronicles the American Civil War in horrific detail, at one point depicting the massive scale of injuries as Scarlett tends to wounded soldiers.
A magnificent epic that seduces, shocks, thrills, inspires and uplifts, the film won eight Academy Awards - including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniels' hilarious performance as Mammy, Scarlett's maid - and is an absolute classic. A must see for everyone!...more info
Movies arrived in great condition, packaged well, and fast shipping. Couldn't be happier with my purchase....more info
- Nice movie
First off, I had to write a review of this because currently there are 666 reviews, and that is bad. Mine maked it 667, hurray!
Well, I liked this product. The box smells kind of nice (like anchovies a little). It came in the mail by a nice man who rang my doorbell. It was in a bigger box them and came with lots of styrofoam that came as a free gift. There are 2 discs in the box. They have different pictures on them. They can make good frisbees. Buy this product it will give you a happy day. (And the styrofoam can make a good substitute for popcorn)...more info
- Great - Revelatory - A must see? simply No.
"Gone with the Wind" is hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time, and not without reason I am sure, as it was not only a great drama, but a pivotal and exciting technical breakthrough. But the question when labeling a great movie is not only how much it resonates with old audiences and how it looks in the film history text book but how it resonates with audiences throughout time. As the 1900s progressed and social and political viewpoints became exponentially more liberal, "Gone with the Wind", the grand product that it is, feels in many ways - just as putrid and despicable as it doe great and epic. Its racism is explicit, its philosophical outlook pessimistic, its romance unromantic. Scarlett O hara, no doubt one of the great screen talents and beauties, plays a character who is thouroughly and utterly despicable, so much so that her last screen revelation that she actually loved Clark Gent after all, feels forced and unbelievable. Her attitude as a woman is courageous and admirable, but her attitude as a person is so wretched that no last dramatic lines could possibly redeem it. Take note that the movie suggests she still does not know who she loves by the end, as her last revelation is from the words of Ashley..."The answer is Tara."...more info
- Racist, Overblown and Overrated
There is more offensive racist content in the opening credits of this film than in the entirety of the wonderful "Song Of The South" (set in the post-Civil War south) currently being suppressed by Disney. Hattie McDaniel richly deserved her Academy Award (and is likewise wonderful in SOTS, which also gives us a glimpse of her musical talent), but the glorification of the culture of slavery that permeates every frame of the film is disgusting and is not redeemed by the overblown production values. The choppiness of the storyline reflects the lack of continuity due to multiple directors and re-writes, and the last hour is especially tedious. Why this film is glorified and "Song Of The South" suppressed is beyond me. "...A civilization Gone With The Wind"... if only that were true; the current series of noose-hangings throughout my own New York-New Jersey metropolitan area proves that racism is the dirty little gift that keeps on giving. At the very least, this film requires a disclaimer for younger audiences, as Warner has done with various vintage cartoon collections....more info
- Forever a Favorite
Have loved this movie for at least 20 years! Finally took-on the book this summer... if you haven't read it and you feel like conquering something then definitely get your hands on the book! It's a shame so many things were left out of the movie, but once you read the book, so many things are answered and it all comes together. Still, a great classic....more info
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I love this movie. I could watch it over and over and over. It came in wonderful condition thank you so much!...more info
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