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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ken Koc, Aug 29, 2019.
Because she wasn't a Yankee!
Then they'd have to cast Vivian Vance as Melanie!
And I can see it when Rhett stood up to Scarlett:
A rather different interpretation on "fiddle-dee-dee!"
Brits are magical and can play anything
Me too! I can still remember sitting there mesmerized by it (I was 9) as clear as day. I was overwhelmed by the color from the moment the credits for Sidney Howard and Max Steiner flashed on the screen. Now I know that this was 1976 and I was watching it on a 26" console TV (the LIVING END at the time) so I KNOW I can't actually remember what the color looked like and I doubt it was really all that wonderful in retrospect, but I sure remember thinking it was. It made me fall in love with Technicolor in a way WIZARD OF OZ didn't (strangely enough.) EVERYBODY watched it, even ALL the other kids at school. You'd have thought it was the latest episode of WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, it was THAT relevant!
I would have loved to see Lucy do her take on Scarlett, that would of been a good episode for The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
I was 20 when GWTW made it's American network television debut in 1976, so my memory of it is quite clear. The color seemed quite a bit cooler and bluer (on my set anyway) than what I have seen before and since. But the main thing that sticks in my memory was that Ben Hecht's domestic opening title crawl was shown not against the slaves returning from the fields, but against the cloud background seen on the international prints' alternate opening titles. I have no idea why that would have been. Does anybody know the source for that print?
I didn’t see GWTW during a national TV broadcast, but I did see it because it was one of like three VHS tapes my public school library owned...but it was never shown in any classes as far as I could tell. I got special permission to borrow it when I was around 10 (big movie fan even then). I didn’t get everything but it was big on a scale that was new to me...even on a TV.
Saw the 1998 or whatever theatrical revival when I was in middle or high school and that’s when it really clicked for me both why the film was so popular and why it had detractors too.
That's so funny you say that Rob because "Blue" is exactly the way I remember it! I chalked it up to a trick of childhood memory but I'm so happy to hear you say it, too!
I saw this movie all the way through on TCM back in the early to mid 2000's, before that I had only seen parts of it with my mother in the 90's when it was either on TNT or another network. She would tell me what was going on in the film and what was going during the actual time period the film was set as it was on, an audio commentary in a sense.
No, but hopefully this will jog your memory of the broadcast. One of the commenters claims they used an old dye-transfer print for that broadcast alone but then they later switched to an Eastmancolor one for subsequent ones:
I actually knew a teaching assistant in middle school born around the time of that broadcast whose name was Tara.
Toss in Desi as Rhett. "Scarlett, you got some 'splainin' to do!"
What would Scarlett have to splain to Rhett?
It's Rhett who would have 'splainin' to do about Belle Watling!
Were Scarlett and Rhett together at that part of the film?
Yes and no. He went to her before they married, and still went back after they were married and had had Bonnie.
When it comes to the second part of the film I'm hazy in a lot of places as to what happens.
I actually was able to show the film in class once. I was teaching Media summer school and when we reached the history of movies section, I decided this would be my only chance to use it. In the summer, new credit courses were 5 hours a day for a month instead of I hour a day for a semester, so we had the time to show it without breaking it up into 4 pieces. I don’t actually remember much about the discussion 10 or 15 years ago, but it seemed to go over well.
One of the things I hated about watching movies in class (at any level) was breaking them up into chunks. Especially when multiple classes would get the same lesson, so five minutes of each day’s screening would be devoted to figuring out where we left off.
When I got to high school and college, I was often able to persuade the teacher to excuse me from the screening portion by proving I had seen the film - can’t tell you how many times they put a movie on the syllabus, planned on renting it from Blockbuster, and then I’d tell them they could borrow my copy as long as I didn’t have to sit through it in pieces. That usually did the trick.
I once showed “Vertigo” in class and had to stop on a Friday just as James Stewart and Kim Novak were in the car going back to the old monastery to reveal the mystery. It was at the end of the day and a few students stayed behind to see the end. When I resumed the next Monday, I discover that a large group couldn’t stand it and rented it over the weekend!
When I moved into my college dorm, the school’s in-house channel was playing it, and a bunch of students who had never seen it gathered in the common room to watch it on the big screen TV in there. But something went wrong and the film stopped playing at about the same part you had to stop it that Friday. I had the VHS tape and a VCR in my room attached to a 20” TV, and I remember everyone cramming into my room to see how it ended.