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Gone With the Wind (DVD, 2009, 2-Disc Set, 70th Anniversary Edition)

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The Best Motion Picture Ever is Still Awesome on DVD

Dec 18, 2010 (Updated Dec 20, 2010)
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Pros:Commentary

Cons:No other extras

The Bottom Line: Gone with the Wind remains a classic.  If you don't own it yet, buy it.


Gone with the Wind is the greatest motion picture ever made in my estimation.  I remember seeing it as a child on a huge screen that just blew me away.  This was during a re-release of the epic saga, and it played at the theater for over a year.  Magnificent!

When Gone with the Wind was first released onto VHS tapes, I spent a fortune to buy it.  Even on the small screen, it swept me away.  The version being reviewed here is the 2-disk 70th anniversary edition.  This is a standard edition and not wide screen.  Wide screen is terrific, but I didn't mind seeing this regular version of the movie.

This anniversary release is a little disappointing in that there aren't any extras except for commentary.  The packaging is nice enough, with both Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh on the front and then each one of them pictured individually on one disk of the set.

The commentary was done by historian Rudy Behlmer.  He had a lot to say; I only wish it didn't sound so much like a lecture.  His comments were very interesting, however, and for the most part, I enjoyed what the knowledge that he imparted on us.

The rating is difficult because I want to give the movie itself an excellent, but the DVD just an average because it pales compared to other special releases.  I'll average that out for an 'above average'.

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Note: The review above is for the DVD itself.  I've been made aware that many readers also want a review of the movie or TV show discussed as well. Thus, what follows below is my review for the movie/TV show:
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Gone with the Wind

In my opinion, there is no greater film than the legendary Gone with the Wind.  From the moment I first saw it as a child to today, many years later, I stand by that feeling that I'll never see anything better made.  The entire production was top drawer.  I may have other movies I love more or appreciate for other reasons, but when it comes to complete grandeur, this movie is it.

I was captivated by the cinematography from the beginning.  The scenes are classic, like Scarlet standing on her barren homeland of Tara, starving but determined to never go hungry again or the much lighter introduction where we see the majesty of Tara before the party.  It's just awesome.

The character of Scarlet O'Hara delights and frustrates.  She's so spoiled and so focused on Ashley Wilkes that she drives me nuts, but she does come around.  That is, of course, the tragedy of the film.  She and her true love, Rhett Butler, always seem to be at different places.  One is ready to admit their honored love, but the other isn't, and on it goes in epic proportions.

The acting cannot be beat.  Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Haviland, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, and the entire cast are superb.  There's not a sour note in the bunch.

The musical score is sweeping.  I just love to listen to the soundtrack as well.

The only part I don't like is the mention, and thankfully it's just a mention, of what happens to Bonnie Blue's horse when she is hurt.

I have seen Gone with the Wind more times than I can count.  Not a single moment of those many hours have been wasted.  This is not just 'a' winner, it is 'the' winner.


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