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HTF REVIEW: Gone With The Wind - Four Disc Collector's Ed. (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).



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#1 of 265 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted October 25 2004 - 05:40 PM


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25. 711 Ocean Drive (1950), 24. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), 23. Desperate (1947), 22. Pushover (1954), 21. The Blue Dahlia (1946), 20. The File on Thelma Jordon (1949), 19. He Ran All the Way (1951), 18. The Asphalt Jungle (1950), 17. The Killing (1956), 16. I Walk Alone (1948),...

#2 of 265 OFFLINE   Stephen Brooks

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Posted October 25 2004 - 06:58 PM

Dang, I might have to buy this for my wife. I might even watch it myself, but don't tell anybody. Posted Image
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#3 of 265 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted October 25 2004 - 07:17 PM

with apologies... "As God is my witness, I'll never need to buy this DVD again!" The inclusion of the excellent Turner documentary alone had me sold (I asked about this at the WB chat). The recent interviews with Ms. de Havilland clinched it.
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#4 of 265 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted October 25 2004 - 07:37 PM

Superb Herb!
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#5 of 265 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted October 25 2004 - 07:40 PM

correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't the other ultra-resolution restorations done at 2k and thus were only released to theatres (in LA at least) in digital? Since Gone with the Wind has been done in 4k, does that mean 35mm prints can be struck from the digital restoration? Adam
 

#6 of 265 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted October 25 2004 - 08:02 PM

This same 5.1 soundtrack was on the last dvd and is NOT a new mix.

#7 of 265 OFFLINE   Roger Rollins

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Posted October 25 2004 - 08:14 PM

If so, not a bad thing at all. One of the few good things about the old DVD, was the excellence of the 5.1 track. Beautiful clarity, no false distractions from the action, all derived from original prodution elements without anything modern sounding to detract from a great audio experience. I'm sure it's as wonderful as everything else on the release seems to be.

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Posted October 25 2004 - 08:35 PM

wow!

thanks Herb.
i'll be properly climbing the walls for the next two weeks until i can get a hold of this myself.


hard to tell from the crappy little mpeg promo about the colors- looked to me like it was still somewhat more consistent to the first DVD release (as opposed to the bright & garish 50th anniversary releases), but i'll take your word for it.

didn't even have to finish reading the review of extras- WB is the best in the business in putting together packages that celebrate classic titles, and the stature of this gave me no doubt the final product would be awe inspiring.


just one question about the packaging itself-
is the digipack oversized (height/width)?
is it going to stick up/out on the shelf much (like MGMs West Side Story/ the Good, The Bad & The Ugly, etc)?


got a good chuckle out of that Keith Posted Image
yeah, it sounds like it will be quite a while before we ever need to buy another copy of this
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Posted October 25 2004 - 09:43 PM

The extras and A/V factors clinched it for me in my mind. I'll also be taking the double dip for this title. Nice review Herb. Scott

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Posted October 25 2004 - 09:49 PM

Wow. I had all but concluded that no DVD set could beat Star Wars or Return of the King for DVD of the year, but...wow. This one is perhaps the only one that could ever do it. Fellow posters, we HAVE to go on record right now in confirming that this year has been (and probably will always be) the best ever for DVD. Otherworldly.
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Posted October 25 2004 - 09:55 PM

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#12 of 265 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 25 2004 - 11:59 PM

Amazing and very comprehensive review, Herb! Any sort of improvement over the last disc would have been wonderful, but this release sounds like it's no short of extraordinary! I knew it would be though, and don't have to worry when Warner is the studio releasing it, under the care of George Feltenstein! I don't think I can wait another two weeks! haha Andy

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Posted October 26 2004 - 12:03 AM


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Posted October 26 2004 - 12:37 AM


I assume you mean to that date right Herb? Since then, both Titanic and Return Of The King won 11 Oscars.

As hard as it is to believe, I have never seen this film in it's entirety. Looking forward to picking this SE up and rectifying that.
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Posted October 26 2004 - 12:52 AM

No, I know that they struck 35mm prints of the ultra-resolution Adventures of Robin Hood - I played one last Spring. I'm pretty certain they also struck new prints of Meet Me in St. Louis. They should strike new prints for GwtW, but I was told a couple of weeks ago by WB that they didn't plan to! Posted Image

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Posted October 26 2004 - 12:57 AM

Just to be clear, my comments regarding the soundtrack are comparisons to the original mono track that’s also included – for the benefit of those who are quick to dismiss anything but the “original” release. As for whether or not the 5.1 is identical to the previous version, that’s hard to say but the tracks sounded similar, if not identical.
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#17 of 265 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted October 26 2004 - 01:17 AM

Wow! Now that's quite a special edition. I've never watched this film in it's entirety either.....guess I'm going to have to now.Posted Image I'll pick it up around Christmas/Boxing day. Excellent review Herb!Posted Image
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Posted October 26 2004 - 01:59 AM

VERY excited for this film. It is my wifes' Star Wars and LOTR rolled into one, and the presentation and extras look incredible. Definitely a major contender for DVD of the year. GREAT review of a top-notch title, Chuck
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Posted October 26 2004 - 02:26 AM

Epic review Herb, a fabulous package for what is still probably the greatest Hollywood film of all time. Posted Image

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Posted October 26 2004 - 03:02 AM

Wow, this dvd has a lot of extra. I been meaning to see Gone with the Wind again, since the last time I saw it was in middle school (about ten years ago). And if anyone tries to say bad stuff about me for buying this dvd, I just say "Franky my dear, I don't give a damn" and leave. Posted Image

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