Gone with the Wind [VHS]

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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

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • disappointed
    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
    I have owned almost every copy that's ever come out. It's an all time classic for me. I have the original video cassettes. The first DVD that you had to flip for the 2nd half of the movie. The 60th anniversary 4 disc set and soon to have the 70th on Blu-Ray. Some of us are just collectors of something good. I enjoy watching this movie on a nice spring rainy day. It's fit for it. It's just fit....more info
  • Why did they have to butcher the greatest book of all time?
    No matter how long this movie is it still wasn't long enough to be true to the book. How could they cut two of Scarlett's children? I'm so glad I read the book first because if I'd seen this mess first I probably never would have bothered. The book was just cut to pieces. And this movie is a classic? Vivian Leigh was a terrible Scarlett. I could hardly stand to watch her. This movie was overacted and just plain terrible. Read the book instead. At least then you get the whole, complete story....more info
  • Every view is a pleasure
    Every viewing of this treasure brings new insights and appreciation of the production of this movie. The extras helped me see the familiar characters in a brighter light. The tinny sound of past releases that I have seen is gone and in its place is a fuller more pleasant aural experience....more info
  • 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
  • I am not going to say it
    Since this is one of the all time great movies, most tickets sold, a gazillion amazon reviews, etc., I will not say what the Amazon reviewer said about the first half being excellent and the second half somewhat drags. I will not say it since it has already been said. Too bad the condensed book division of Reader's Digest did not put out a 3 hour version of this movie. I had to wait nearly four hours to hear Clarke Gable utter his famous line, "Frankly my dear, I did not build that dam."

    I did enjoy the movie, especially the first two hours. I did make it thru the flik, less about a 20 minute nap during part two (just like what happens to me each time I attempt Dr. Zhivago)....more info
  • delightful
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gone With the Wind
    This movie has been seen more than my years. It is an excellent Romantic film and yet has all the elements protraying the civil war and how this affected the people Ms. Mitchell chose to write about. Excellent!!!...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
  • One of the Greatest Classic Movies of All Time
    This is one of the most beloved classic romatic movies of all time. This movie is as beautiful to the eyes as it is to the ears. The story told of Scarlet and Rhet has stood the test of time. I remember the very first time I watched this movie. It was with my mother. I have very fond memories of it now and I did then.

    I won't include any "spoilers" and I don't want to give too much away. There is a beautiful cast of characters with a rich story line. It's hard not to love this story.

    I'm not sure how many people haven't seen this movie, but to me, it is one of the best if not the best classic movies of all time.

    Heartfelt romance, love, laughter, tears...this movie has it all. It's a staple in my collection.

    This movie has southern charm and a true account of that time in history. You will love this movie from beginning to end. Follow the romance of Rhett and Scarlet. You'll be glad you did....more info
  • Classic
    we all know and love this classic .. i purchased a copy of this for a good friend who had never seen it .. the product was in great condition and arrived much earlier than expected ...more info
    This movie is a classic legend! It has withstood the test of time! I remember watching this movie with my parents in a downtown theatre, I have always loved the awesome, wonderful music ,of Gone with the Wind! Rhett(Clark Gable), and Scarlett(Vivian Leigh) had great, awesome chemisty together! My all time favorite is Mammy(Scarlett's maid)! This movie has a all star cast of outstanding actors!

    I loved the beautiful, epic plantations, and the beautiful dresses! Oh! How I wanted to be a southern belle, and wear one of them dresses with a pretty hat, and ride in a wagon pulled by a mule, or a carriage pulled by a horse! It is where I first heard of the Civil War, and it sparked my interest in the Civil War!

    It is about a very beautiful southern bell, who is in love with a southern gentleman named Ashley Wilkes. At the Wilkes barbque, Scarlett declares her love for him, but Ashley informs her, that he is engaged to be married to Melanie. Scarlett is heartbroken!

    Handsome and rakish, Rhett Butler sees Scarlett at the Wilkes party, and falls in love with Scarlett, for him its love at first sight, but Scarlett dislikes Rhett on sight!

    The Civil War is declared ,and all the young men go rush off to join the cause(the war), and everyones way of life changes forever, especially for Scarlett! Scarlett ends up marrying men, that she does not love, while she yearns for Ashley Wilkes.

    She ends up nearly losing everything, but the Tara plantation. She makes alot of mistakes along the way, and realizes that the southern way of life is gone forever!

    Rhett becomes a blockcade runner, and later joins the war effort, but during all these years,he yearns for Scarlett, and Rhett is determined to have her, and Scarlett and Rhett finally marry, they are so much alike, but Scarlett still thinks, that Ashley is the man she is suppose to have!

    My favorite scenes in the movie is the kiss that Rhett gives Scarlett in front of the red sky! Oh my! Wow! And a scene that stole my heart ,was when Rhett was crying, and heartbroken pouring his heart out to Melanie! And the scene where Rhett gives Mammy a red petticoat!

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  • My husband's favorite movie.
    He loves it. I love it. To put it simply, every American should see it and most should own it. ...more info
  • 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
  • Gone with the Wind
    One of the best movies ever produced and filmed. I would recommend it to anyone....more info
  • My Favorite Movie
    This movie is my favorite movie of all time, and every time that I watch it, I notice something new about it that I like. The movie centers around a woman, Scarlett O'Hara. Her life is depicted from when she was a young lady before the Civil War had begun to her entrance into womanhood after the war was over. Besides the changes in Scarlett during this time, you can also see the changes in environment, civilization, social interactions, and American culture. I like the way Margaret Mitchell adapted this parallelism in her book and am glad that got translated into the movie. The title of the movie is ever so appropriate as the civilization that Scarlett knew growing up is forever "gone with the wind". I would recommend this movie to everyone to watch as I consider it a true classic. I also love the costume and set design! The gowns Vivien Leigh worn in the movie are true masterpieces. Walter Plunkett did an amazing job in their design. The set design, from the burning of Atlanta scene to the amazing decor in Scarlett and Rhett's home is truly something to behold. The set design and costume design came together in the infamous dress Scarlett wore made from her homestead Tara's curtains. Those interested in the Civil War and history from that time period can also enjoy the historical elements of the movie. The movie is long in length (3 hours 39 minutes), but an intermission is included that allows for a break in the action. The music during the intermission allows the viewer time to ponder what has happened in the movie so far and think about what is yet to come. The ending of the movie is the best cliffhanger of all times. I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I have. ...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
  • classic epic film
    this classic movie made in 1939 still has the ability to hold the interest and facination of all ages. the cast did an outstanding job of portraying their characters. considered risque in its day, this movie is very acceptable for all ages of viewers....more info
  • 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
  • Unforgetable Classic
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3VPNCA8DQQBL2 ...more info
  • Don't order from this seller
    I odered this on 1-29-09 and have not received my movie. I sent e-mails to the seller and received no response. Seller had 98% POSITIVE rating when I odered. I'm not a happy camper!!!...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gone with the wind
    No matter what movies i see over the years, I think gone with the wind is one of the greatest movie. And there is so much history to recap or learn from it.The love that Scarlet has for Ashley is mind bugling, and the love Rhett has for Scarlet, I just can't understand. In spite of those unhealthy loves, this a wonderful, wonderful movie. A real classic....more info
  • This movie hasn't "Gone"away
    If you like Classic movies,even if you're too young to have seen it growing up,this one is right up there on the "I should have" list.
    This is my 2nd copy;first was a vcr which wore out.
    Great restoration; Classic lines;"frankly,my dear,I really don't give a damn".SHOCKING in the 1930's!,with some good history of the Civil War period.{Artisic license allowed}
    All the Characters have something to offer,and the "behind the scenes" extras are an interesting and informative look into the Old Hollywood system of movie-making.
    This is a definite to add to any collection....more info
  • Great
    Movies arrived in great condition, packaged well, and fast shipping. Couldn't be happier with my purchase....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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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


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