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Gone with the Wind [DVD] [1939]

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remains one the film's most iconic lines, and Harry Davenport as an ornery doctor are among just a few of note. There is also a short documentary Restoring A Legend which is about the technical and digital process of restoring GWTW for this edition without changing or removing anything from the original version. Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. A frequent talking point in the extras throughout this set is that Leslie Howard was considered much too old to play the twentysomething Ashley Wilkes, but between the convincing makeup work and his strong performance, that thought had never entered my mind until now. SD): Just as the collectors' edition of The Wizard of Oz featured a related TV movie, so too does Gone with the Wind.

A background hiss is more pronounced in the monaural soundtrack, and it sounds somewhat harsher by comparison to the lossless remix. Gone with the Wind draws much of its strength from its striking use of color, and these hues play a key role in shaping the mood and tone of the film. Therefore, I cannot review this element of the collection, however the quality is amazing and no doubt the commentary provides information and detail.

SD): "The Legend Lives On" picks up where Making of a Legend leaves off, delving into the legacy and longevity of Gone with the Wind.

Though Gone with the Wind is a four disc set, the soundtrack CD sampler is packaged apart from the rest of the discs. It's worth noting that this same disc has been included with The Wizard of Oz' collectors' set, though, and that could dull the enthusiasm of viewers interested in seeking out both. The documentary draws from newly-conducted -- as of 1992, at least -- interviews as well as a massive assortment of archival footage, and, of course, excerpts from the many dozens of films highlighted throughout have been included as well. Along with speaking about the production of Gone with the Wind, Behlmar also takes care to put the events of the film in a historical context, touching on the accuracies and the inaccuracies alike.Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind. Meticulous color correction, manual dirt and scratch removal, edge detection when merging the different records of 3-strip Technicolor, mixing and matching different elements, and dealing with shrinking, warping, and tearing are all discussed here. This is a film that should be considered an essential part of any collection, and although I do have some mild criticisms about the selection of extras, the sheer volume of material just makes this special edition of Gone with the Wind that much more compelling. This documentary sometimes toys with the usual conventions, here dressing up one of the original extras in full costume and makeup while describing one of Gone with the Wind's most iconic shots: Scarlett walking through a field of a thousand wounded soldiers, a mix, as it turns out, of extras and dummies. I was fascinated by the way the characters, of which there are many, contrasted with each other, complemented one another, and represented different virtues and attitudes to life.

Its dialogue may also be the most eminently quotable of any single film released before Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind is, of course, flawlessly cast. Offered within are brief biographies, filmography overviews, headshots and promotional photos, and excerpts from some of the cast's other work.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh star in this epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's novel set during the American Civil War.

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