Warner Home Video to Release Four-Disc Collector's Edition of <I>Gone With the Wind</I>2 Aug, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel
How do you top one of the most celebrated motion pictures in history — Gone with the Wind — a 65-year-old title that has garnered 10 Academy Awards and sold more than 8.5 million video units?
Warner Home Video Nov. 9 (prebook Oct. 12) will bow Gone with the Wind Four-Disc Collector's Edition, a $39.92 ($29.95 MAP) release that not only features a digitally-restored feature film, 5.1 surround soundtrack and full-color reproduction of the original 22-page movie program, but more than five hours of bonus material.
Besides the landmark romantic film starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the collector's edition features commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer and six vignettes, including the 1989 documentary “The Making of a Legend,” narrated by Christopher Plummer; “Restoring a Legend,” which highlights Warner Bros.' efforts to make this DVD collection; the 1940 short, The Old South, which preceded Wind during its initial theatrical run; “Melanie Remembers,” a recent interview about the film with De Havilland; “A King Remembered,” highlighting Gables' distinguished career; and “Scarlett and Beyond,” hosted by Jessica Lange, which looks at Leigh's short and troubled life.
Finally, the collector's edition offers footage from the 1939 and 1961 theatrical and Civil War Centennial premieres, respectively, foreign-language samples and international prologue.
“In the history of American film, Gone with the Wind is the one by which all others are judged,” said George Feltenstein, WHV's SVP of classic catalog.