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Gone with the Wind [DVD] [1939]

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Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. One of the best features of this entire box-set is Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland. everything from the stale oh-oh-he-fell-in-the-swimming-pool gag to a couple of conmen groping would-be actresses in sleazy hotel rooms.

But the second half shifts gear, the melodramatic quotient is upped yet further as tragedy piles upon tragedy, and despite its unwieldy length everything feels rushed.Several of the other extras marvel at the production design, the film's lavish sets, and the ambitious matte paintings largely responsible for conveying the scale of this Civil War epic, yet they're not explored in any considerable depth either. From the aristocratic old world of Tara to the horrors of Atlanta under siege, Gone with the Wind features any number of indelible scenes and images: the genteel girls taking an enforced siesta during the Twelve Oaks barbecue, a horrified Scarlett walking through the wounded, the flight from burning Atlanta, and Scarlett's moving pledge against a burnished sunset set to Max Steiner's glorious music score.

Also featured here are a conversation with Mickey "Baby Beau" Kuhn, how wonderfully Gone with the Wind serves as a time capsule of 1939 despite its period setting, debating that it's not Rhett who has the most intense and powerful relationship with Scarlett in the film, how its continued success prompted a sweeping change in the studios' attitudes towards film preservation, the movie's fiftieth anniversary celebration, and dedicated "Windies" who collect every treasured speck of memorabilia they can unearth and even trek out to the real-life Tara in Ireland. Though Gone with the Wind is a four disc set, the soundtrack CD sampler is packaged apart from the rest of the discs.Despite it not being the most glamorous of roles, Melanie is in large part the mortar that holds the story together and is certainly the heart of it, and Olivia de Havilland does a marvelous job conveying that warmth and tenderness. Narrated by actor Christopher Plummer, the documentary provides the audience with an array of knowledge about the three-year film.

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