I had a rather productive LaserDisc-viewing weekend. Yesterday, I watched The Making of a Legend: Gone With The Wind, and this morning I watched the 1998 Dolby Digital LD of Gone With The Wind. Well, my mind is abuzz with questions and impressions. First, a few questions for all those GWTW afficionados out there: 1) does anyone have a listing of what scenes/shots come from the 70mm re-release (and are therefore cropped on all sides) in the 1998 semi-restoration? 2) did previous LDs have these same shots/scenes cropped? 3) how are previous LDs of GWTW? The fake-ized DD track (and the associated PCM stereo track) on the 1998 LD sounds truly awful -- hollow, fake, and occassionally like you're hearing sound through the hose of a vacuum cleaner. Are there any half-decent previous LDs with the original mono mix? I seem to recall a CAV set with an elaborate cover from Turner/MGM in the early 90s...any good? Second, the Star Wars thing: Watching the documentary The Making of a Legend, I was surprised to realize that Lucas' recent technique of only building minimal amounts of set and then completing the image with a digital creation is by no means a new idea. I mean, I knew that the original Star Wars trilogy had a number of matte paintings (notably Obi-Wan disabling the tractor beam over that massive chasm), but I hadn't realized how widespread the technique was in films like GWTW. For instance, during numerous shots of the interiors of buildings, the sets did not have ceilings, or even walls past about seven feet! I knew that the mansion exteriors were matte paintings, but the interiors...wow! It just gave me a new level of appreciation for GWTW, and showed me that once again, George Lucas is smartly applying new technology to a tried and tested technique. I feel very weird comparing Attack of the Clones and GWTW in this way, but I suppose that George Lucas has a really strong knowledge of film history and past filmmaking techniques. It has always seemed like that to me from interviews.