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Gone with the Wind [DVD] [1939]

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In stark contrast is the true heroine of Gone with the Wind, Melanie Wilkes: as forgiving as Scarlett is spiteful, as forthright as Scarlett is scheming, and as frail as Scarlett is strong.

Add to that the central problem that the audience never really understands, why Scarlett could ever fall for weak-chinned Ashley in the first place, and the picture begins to unravel unsatisfactorily. Not surprisingly for a commentary running nearly four hours in length, this conversation with Behlmar is startlingly comprehensive. It's for truly exceptional releases such as this that DVD Talk established its Collectors' Series label, and so it follows: DVD Talk Collectors Series. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Each of their strengths -- Mayer's brilliance at assembling such a sprawling roster of talent and Thalberg's golden touch as a producer -- are explored at length, and "The Lion's Roar" delves further into both the scandals and successes of this early era of MGM. They also touch on how this approach reveals more detail than has ever been visible before as well as the restoration of the audio. Strangely, in this take, Vivien Leigh wasn't actively pursuing the role, and she's only hinted at before being briefly glimpsed at the tail end. Warner's digital team delves into the background of the Technicolor process as well as how it both helps and hinders the remastering process. Gone with the Wind is nothing short of dazzling in high definition, and even for those who've picked up any of the DVD releases that have come and gone over the years ought to find the film well-worth rediscovering on Blu-ray.

Behlmar is somewhat quiet throughout the final half hour, but this last stretch still offers some terrific comments, reflecting on the Southern accents that are and aren't present throughout the film and the abysmal alternate ending that had been unsuccessfully pitched to Selznick. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The list of smaller but memorable parts seems endless: Thomas Mitchell as Scarlett's Irish immigrant father who instills in her a profound love of the land, Evelyn Keyes as her spoiled, impossibly jealous younger sister, Butterfly McQueen whose squeaked "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!I do not know whether there is a version available on the new 4K format, but I cannot imagine picture quality being that much better.

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