it or hate, Gone with the Wind is a true Hollywood classic and
since its release in 1939, the movie has only grown in popularity. Even
though the movie was shrouded in many problems, somehow it excelled and
became the template of movies to come and this my friends was truly an
movie even contains one of the world's most memorable Hollywood lines
with "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" which is still heavy quoted
and thanks to Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett
O'Hara, Gone with Wind also boasted an ageless story that is still quite
watchable and relatable even today, after 70 years.
The story revolves around Southern beauty
Scarlett O'Hara during the Civil War who is involved in a love triangle
between gentlemen Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and his opposite, Rhett
Butler. As both men attempt to woo Scarlet, eventually Ashley marries
Melanie, believing that she is more grounded than the hot-tempered
course Scarlett moves on and eventually marries Rhett after another
marriage, however she is still thoroughly in love with Ashley. Of
course, this is where the heat begins and that famous Hollywood phrase
comes into play that will send shivers up your spine.
beautiful cinematography and a majestic musical score, it's easy not to
get lost in this timeless classic, especially with the gorgeous sounding
Southern accents and amazing dialogue that all cast members get quite
involved in. However without Gable and Leigh, this movie would no way be
as near as the masterpiece it became.
I commend Warner Bros for restoring these Golden Age of Hollywood greats
and Gone with the Wind is no exception to the rule which looks simply
stunning on Blu-ray. The restoration of Gone with the Wind has truly
revolutionised the picture quality and although it still contains that
classic Hollywood charm, the image quality, colours are truly
outstanding, even the backgrounds.
However the standout moment of the film is definitely the amazing red
dress that Scarlett O'Hara wore which made her a temptress not to be
crossed and one who usually gets want she wants. With strong levels of
black, one could almost be mistaken in thinking that this movie was
filmed more recently, rather than 70 years ago. The only drawback to the
restoration is the sound quality which seems a little muted, however
considering that Dolby Digital 5.1 was not even a thought in 1939,
Warner have done a rather impressive job at creating the 5.1 mix.
What more is there to say but a perfect
Hollywood classic on Blu-ray!