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on 3 February 2016
I love this film - what a classic - I can't believe it was made so long ago and Vivien Leigh was just the best actress, so beautiful - no-one else could ever be Scarlett O'Hara. If you noticed War Horse by Steven Spielberg used the same orange sky & silhouette type scene at the end of the film as was in Gone with the Wind. The music is stirring - if only she and Rhett could have stayed together - I wish it had had a happy ending.
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on 15 June 2014
This film about the American Civil War is always a pleasure to see, it is amazing that it was made so long ago. Lovingly restored, with legendary actors, The central characters played by Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland are all really good, and Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are forever connected with these roles.
So why on earth don't i give it 5 stars?
To the film, i certainly would.
But I thought I had better say something about the edition as well. The film comes in a pretty box, with a lot of photos, some from the film, some still photos of the actors.
But I really miss the interviews and the actor profiles from the 4 disc collectors edition.
In the Deluxe edition, you get a lot of admittedly beautiful photos instead, and if you like to have the photos, go for it.
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on 10 January 2012
Enough has been said about the quality of the film. Clocking in at four hours, it's quite an epic, so be prepared to devote an afternoon to it. When you don't know what film to watch, just stick this on. "A civilisation gone with the wind" does not simply refer to the Old South- it refers to Old Hollywood. They simply don't make them like this anymore.

Anyway, my review is on the 5-Disc Collector's Version. Unfortunately there's no middle-way: you either have to get a bare-bones single-disc DVD or this. However even if you only want a few special features, it's worth getting this version. The background story behind Gone With The Wind is equally as fascinating- it was even made into a lightly amusing TV movie called The Scarlett O'Hara Wars, which is included as a special feature on disc 5, along with a documentary about Hollywood films released in the same year and a featurette about the fans of Gone With The Wind (known as "windies", in case you wanted to know). For those who already have the four-disc collector's version, this extra disc is not indispensable. Your four-disc version should give you all the material you need.

So, disc by disc:

-Disc One has the film, remastered splendidly. You'd never know from this print that it was over seventy years old. I haven't listened to the commentary but the extra material provided in this collector's version means that you probably won't want to bother.

- Disc Two is just the second half of the film (so if you're not hard-core, you can watch one part one day and the second part the next), again with commentary.

- Disc Three contains a feature-length making-of documentary made in the eighties, which gives an extensive view behind-the-scenes, all narrated by Christopher Plummer (aka Captain Von Trapp). There's also a featurette about remastering the film: on most films, this special feature tends to be rather boring but with a film as old as this, it's fascinating to see the old washed-out prints watched in the eighties. It really is a transformation. The newsreels are fine- the "historical short" is a good example of Hollywood racist stereotypes. And there's a bunch of trailers, from the original theatrical one to various trailers used for the many re-releases of the film.

- Disc Four gives information about the cast. The interview with Olivia de Hallivand is rather boring. The documentaries about Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable give an interesting introduction to their various films and an insight into their real life. Fans of the stars may not find much new here but for the others, it's an interesting insight. Unfortunately there's not much material about Leslie Howard, who played Ashley Wilkes: there's just a ten-minute lowdown on this disc. The supporting cast also get quick lowdowns: even the minor parts like Pork, or Scarlett's sisters.

- Disc Five has the lightly comic TV movie, starring Tony Curtis as David O'Selznick and a lot of beautiful women. It's dated but enjoyable. The documentary on other films from 1939, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, gives an insight into how the old Hollywood studios worked and provides inspiration for a list of films to rent. And the featurette on "windies" shows us why people love Gone With The Wind so much and why it has become a classic.
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on 2 April 2016
I'm a bit confused by this film.... I guess its all about having a place to call home and impermanence because everything else was basically gone with the wind.
It is romantic, passionate and beautiful and really good although there are more than a few racist moments... which is expected I guess because of the time and setting.
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on 2 February 2016
They sure don't make 'em like this anymore! This is areal classic film which gets new fans every time it is put on air! This is a film which has to be watched to see why it gets new fans every time! I love this film and if you have had enough of the trashy talent shows and useless game shows, then get this classic film .I guarantee you will love it!
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on 3 April 2018
What can I say that has not already been said about this production. Magnificent. Olivia de Haviland, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, just faultless. Vivien portrays the spoilt Scarlet Ohara to a T. No other actor could have been Rhett Butler either. A classic must own for everyone who appreciates great stories, epic productions and the creme de la creme of the thespian world.
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on 10 April 2010
I adore this film,Vivien Leigh looking wonderful and in great catty form. Wonderful colour.I agree with other reviewers taht after the first half the film does sag a bit towards the end and my daughters screamed and hated the ending. However, it does follow what happened at the end of the book (unlike lots of other films that completely change the ending). I think it is the ultimate indulge yourself for three hours curled up on a wet and windy day escapism. My older daughters like to watch it when feeling under the weather - it still looks great.

This box set is great - the colour and clarity of picture were good (unlike My fair Lady which I recently purchased in "restoration" and was dated, pale and fuzzy). It came with the original introduction music and intermission and we really enjoyed the documentary about the making of the film. This detailed all the changes of script writers, change of directors. The story of how Vivien got the part over Paulette Goddard who had done lots of prep filming and it also went into technical stuff such as painting fabulous ballrooms and backgrounds unto the colour plates to save money. There was also good footage of the film's opening in Atlanta with Clark Gable looking very dashing and discussion of the controversial portrayal of the slaves. All fascinating.

It is amazing it all came together so well and has stood the test of time - over 70 years old! I watch this flm every few years and still enjoy it - a classic.
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on 9 May 2016
Scarlett is a right little madam, but strangely hypnotic...it must be Vivien Leigh's acting. It certainly makes you wonder how she manages to attract THREE husbands, while still chasing the only men she cannot have.
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on 13 May 2011
Received the DVD in good time and good condition. Great this classic has been created onto DVD format, compact in that this version plays on both sides of the DVD. No extras, but honestly with approx 224 minutes playing time, this really does not matter. Brought the video previously, so this was simply a replacement version, which does not disappoint. Recommend you seriously choose a full afternoon or evening to settle down with some of your favourite goodies and treat yourself to David O Selznick's dedicated production of Margaret Mitchell's classic epic tale of the American Civil War. Not just a war film, but a strong story from a social history perspective, the impact of change, of love, human frailty and determination to overcome obstacles at all costs. It pretty much has something for everyone, breathtaking film score, impressive photography, historical interest, costume, romance, betrayal, comedy and drama. The sheer scale of the production, and the stars' performances (Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel and Butterly McQueen) will impress. Never heard of them? Give this film a go, it's simply excellent. The title music alone will stay with you forever. Go on, treat yourself!
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on 24 October 2011
Although I had seen the picture three times, it didn't prepare me for the excellance of the actual book from whence the film came - no complaint there either. However the detail in the writing was so good - put you right there. Have been studying the Civil War historically, and the book is spot on in any encounter. The dialogue between Scarlet and Rhett is also most intriguimg, especially the repartee.
There were times when I realised huge gaps in the film version, which would have to run fir at least twice as long to match the book. I know its a very old book, and it took me years to get to read it, but I would urge anyone who hasn't done so, to get it and read it. I'm in my 90th year and am so glad I took the effort to get hold of it.
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