Here is the statement:

Gone With The Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible. These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”

Since this statement was released, it’s nearly impossible to get a physical copy of the movie on DVD or blu-ray disc.

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It’s not like people didn’t have a chance to buy this on BD. I have three Blu-ray releases of it. Two from 2009 and the last from 2015.
Yup. They overestimated demand each time and made too many copies, which have been being sold at bargain basement prices for years. And despite the size of Amazon’s total inventory, they only keep a limited quantity of items on hand at any given time, particularly catalog physical media. Sold out on Amazon means that they’ve gone through the 30 or so copies they had on hand. Warner will print more if there’s demand. In the meantime, it’s still readily available for rental and purchase at digital storefronts like iTunes and Vudu.
 

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And into the vault it goes. Maybe we'll see it again around 2029 for the 90th anniversary. Till then, wont the film still be aired on TCM or is this kibosh throughout all Warner own mediums?
 

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Ah, panic buying.

I remember 5 years ago, last time this type of discussion came up, when The Dukes of Hazzard was pulled from Viacom's networks. Couldn't find that series on DVD for months afterward.

I'm sure WB was happy. Since then, there's been a complete series rerelease. Not sure if people have put two and two together and panic buying has hit that yet, or if everyone got their copy in 2015.

Its on iTunes to purchase or rent in HD (looks beautiful). I doubt it's going anywhere.
HBO Max said it'll be back after they attach a featurette or something that describes the issues surrounding it, the period it was filmed, and all that (as was mentioned in the first post of the thread). Which is fine. Perhaps it's needed.
 

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It's a shame this film has such a troubled past that it does, as a couple of years ago when the Tara set was discovered to be in a barn on a farm in Georgia that this would eventually lead to the iconic set being rebuilt for a new GWTW museum. However with all of the controversy that keeps surrounding this film, I doubt we'll ever be able actual visit Tara in person now.
 
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Yup. They overestimated demand each time and made too many copies, which have been being sold at bargain basement prices for years.
I picked up the three disc Scarlett edition in 2016 for under 20 bucks. It seemed to me to be the best balance between special features and functional packaging.

I did a quick ebay search a second ago. It's now headed toward a hundred bucks on auctions, with the last sold copy going for $150.

...now where did I put that set again? :D
 

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Pretty funny. I did find a couple B&N stores that say they have stock

FamilyVideo says in-stock though not sure I believe them on that

Nobody wants it right up to the point you tell them they can't have it -- what a marketing strategy. it's like those CLEARANCE SALES/Going out of Business sales that raise prices 40% and can't sell things fast enough for stuff they couldn't give away for free last week
 
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Not sure why anyone cares or would react to anything done by HBO Max? Warner owns the film. If they were to announce the film was going on indefinite moratorium, then I might be concerned. Warner must be loving the boost in sales due to all the free publicity.

People are bizarre.

In addition to my blu-ray, I still have a copy of the 4-disc DVD Collector's Edition. I wonder how much that's worth today?

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I remember 5 years ago, last time this type of discussion came up, when The Dukes of Hazzard was pulled from Viacom's networks. Couldn't find that series on DVD for months afterward.

I'm sure WB was happy. Since then, there's been a complete series rerelease. Not sure if people have put two and two together and panic buying has hit that yet, or if everyone got their copy in 2015.
I think there's a key difference. Gone with the Wind was made when segregation was still a fact of everyday life for much of the US. The Dukes of Hazzard was made after integration had been around for more than a decade; when it went off the air, Webster was its main competition. In GWTW, the stars and bars end up tattered and torn as the bodies of the Confederate soldiers scattered across the streets of Atlanta. On The Dukes of Hazzard, they're painted onto a car.
 
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I think there's a key difference. Gone with the Wind was made when segregation was still a fact of everyday life for much of the US. The Dukes of Hazzard was made after integration had been around for more than a decade; when it went off the air, Webster was its main competition. In GWTW, the stars and bars end up tattered and torn as the bodies of the Confederate soldiers scattered across the streets of Atlanta. On The Dukes of Hazzard, they're painted onto a car.
So that's why the Duke's got cancelled halfway through season 7, odd that a Diff'rent Strokes knock off could take down two good o'l country boys.
 

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This news made me decide it was time to grab that blu ray of Triumph Of The Will before it goes the way of GWTW but I was astonished to find it not available anywhere. It's "backordered" on Amazon, Deep Discount, Movies Unlimited and not available at all on e-bay.
 

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One associated with Michael Jackson no less and which came on after Benson, a sitcom about a black butler who eventually became a Lt. Governor and candidate for governor.

But these shows co-existed in relative peace and harmony with GWTW's TV and video appearances and late-era theatrical reissues. it is only now that the film's owners consider it a liability.
 
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One associated with Michael Jackson no less.

But these shows co-existed in relative peace and harmony with GWTW's TV and video appearances and late-era theatrical reissues. it is only now that the film's owners consider it a liability.
WB could (but they won't) give up distribution rights to GWTW and any other "problematic" titles to another studio/company and still retain some of the revenue from sales.
 

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They have more skin in the Looney Tunes game since they actually made those. They didn't make GWTW; they only got it when they bought out Ted Turner (which put the entire Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies catalog back at WB). He bought MGM because it was this film he wanted to own.
 

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In addition to my blu-ray, I still have a copy of the 4-disc DVD Collector's Edition. I wonder how much that's worth today?
I have that release as well, which is why I hadn't gotten around to picking it up on blu-ray on the several occasions that it was released in that format. Well, that and the fact that it's not a film I'm overly enamored of. But it's one I feel I should have in the collection, thinking that there may come a time when I will give it another watch and see what the fuss is about.:huh:

Except that I actually do have it on blu-ray...in The Golden Year Collection - 1939 set. The funny thing was that, at the time, I wondered why they bothered to include it, since there were already other, standalone releases (and it's not like they included The Wizard of Oz). I remembered wishing they had included Gunga Din instead.

Anyways, I do have it on blu-ray. Maybe this would be an appropriate time to watch it.