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

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  1. Andrew Budgell

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    Thanks for posting that great interview with Olivia, Alejandro! It was most informative, and whetted my appetite even further for Tuesday! :)

    Andy
     
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    You are wellcome, Amy and Andrew! I'm happy to see you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

    I don't want to add to the controversy:b but I will[​IMG]
    It's not fair to compare both actresses but if you will I'll take Vivien's side (sorry George and Amy[​IMG] )

    I think Vivien was one of the most beautiful women to light up the screen. I guess it helps that the character she plays is also one of the most fascinating. Certainly this mixture is a winner. Don't get me wrong, I think Miss De Havilland was very pretty , she still is at 88! but her beauty played a second role to her talent. I particularly love her in The Heiress (BTW when is this gonna have a deserved SE?) and she played ugly in that role!

    Anyways, It sound so childish to make comparisons this sort, but actually is quite fun[​IMG]
     
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    Vivien Leigh was a real beauty, a British gal picked to play Scarlett O'Hara, and played it to perfection, the most famous female character in movie history... or is it Bridget Jones? [​IMG] Oh yeah, American Renee Zellweger was picked to play the very popular very British Bridget Jones and played it perfectly too.[​IMG]

    My GWTW set should arrive this week, can't wait to peruse it's contents.[​IMG]
     
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    Before he passed away Ron Haver hosted a two day presentation on GWTW at the Academy. (Right after the publication of his David O. Selznick's Hollywood book if I remember correctly.)

    The first night we saw Selznick's print of the movie, the next day (among so many things that were covered that day) we spent watching many of the acting and color screen tests (that were later excerpted in the "Making of GWTW" documentary) in their complete form.

    As Haver told the story, (and we could see from the many color tests) Leslie Howard was thought to be too old, and Howard himself really thought the part was thankless. He really didn't want to do it.

    Selznick kept after him because he just couldn't find anyone else that fit the part so well. There was another actor being used during the many actress tests that was also under consideration but he didn't have the refined qualities Howard was thought to bring to the part. (I think it was both Melvin Douglas and Douglass Montgomery who were tested for Ashley.)

    If I remember correctly, Howard was finally promised he could direct another film for Selznick and the make-up was finally settled upon that at least seemed to bring his age closer to Leigh's appearance-wise. I don't have the time to re-read Haver's book now but I think this is all detailed in it too.

    To me Howard labors mightily in what is truly a thankless role - it is tough being in the same movie as a romantic lead along with the much more colorful Clark Gable.

    Guys and Dolls as both a stage show and a movie also has a similar problem with the two female leads - the gangster's moll part just outshines the poor Salvation Army gal's no matter how good the actress was that tackled it.
     
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    Those who do worry that the new film is too colorful might like to know that the colors on the DVD were arrived at by comparing them to a 1939 nitrate print, the same one used for reference at the Technicolor labs. The color reference print was not known to exist until this DVD was in production. In fact, work that had begun on the film for this DVD had to be redone after the reference print was found because the colors were so different. This is according to George Feltenstein, the WHV exec who oversaw production of the DVD, but it is addressed some in the Restoring a Legend featurette. According to George, this is how the film was originally intended to look.

    This is just an FYI addendum to Herb's fine review.
     
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    looking at the screencaps on the DVDBeaver site, it doesn't look like the new disc is a major departure from what i remember seeing broadcast on TCM back in late Aug/ early September.

    people said that was the same transfer that has been around for awhile, but it looked different to me than what i remember of the old dvd.
    would be very interesting if Gary can get a hold of some screen caps from the previous release to compare them.

    also, looking over those, i see what looks to be color fringing in the title cards- most notably in the post battle narration.
    i wonder if this is just a jpg artifact, since the whole purpose of UR was to line up separate elements more precisely
     
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    Thanks for the link Edgar, that promo trailer was excellent. Anyone else notice that the set they showed in the trailer had slightly alternate packaging?

    Also, Warner Brothers has streamed THE ENTIRE restoration featurette from the set.

    I'd post a direct link but I dont have enough posts on the forum yet [​IMG] it's under video clips I think on the site.
     
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    If interested, go down to movie clips and on the site it says restoring under all the clips and its the full 17 mins about the restoration.

    -Edgar-
     
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    Here's the New York Times' review of this DVD set:
     
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    Sure sounds like a top contender for the best DVD of the year.
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Unfortunately HTF will most likely not
    be holding a DVD OF THE YEAR campaign.

    The only reason I can give you is that
    we sort of got slighted by a studio that
    we showed a lot of support to last year.

    Now back to the discussion of Gone With The Wind...
     
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    Ron that is unfortunate. Perhaps an unofficial one will be in order? Have to make sure ROTK completes the hat trick!
     
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    Arr, debating on making a blind purchase. I'm a poor college student, but... I'll do it! [​IMG]
     
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    Do it Adam.....GWTW has something for everyone. It is the film I think of when I hear the word "movie" or "Hollywood". It's pure entertainment. Plus, even if for some weird reason it isn't your favorite film, at least you made a sound investment on:

    1. The all-time box-office champ
    2. One of the most beloved films of all time
    3. Oscar winner for Best Picture
    4. AFI list #4

    ...and on and on.......not a bad way to spend your cash.
     
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    Adam,

    As one that used to be in your shoes during my college years, you'll make it....

    After all, "tomorrow is another day."

    (Sorry, I just had to do it.....[​IMG] )

    Jeffrey
    (breaking his piggy bank in preparation for the big day)
     
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    YAH! Gone With the Wind is officially out today! Is anyone doing anything special for the release?

    Andy
     
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    I'm spreading out the Gone With the Wind festivities over the course of five days:

    Tuesday: The Making of A Legend
    Wednesday: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh Docs
    Thursday: Olivia DeHavilland Remembers
    Friday: The Film
    Saturday: The remaining extras
     
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    My purchase is shipping today. Hopefully I'll have it here on thursday (that's priority[​IMG] )

    I want all you guys to come back as soon as you've seen the contents of the 4 discs and share with the rest of us your thoughts, ok?
     
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    The Entertainment weekly Review:
     

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