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“A towering landmark of a film” -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times









This Country’s #1 Movie of All Time1

Arrives in Spectacular New Blu-ray Version!




GONE WITH THE WIND


70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition


from Warner Home Video November 17




With More than Eight Hours of Enhanced Content, Two of Which Are Brand New


Includes New Documentaries and Nostalgic Collectibles in Limited, Numbered Velvet Keepsake Box, Perfect for Gift Giving




Burbank, Calif. August 10, 2009 – Winner of 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and still history’s all time domestic box-office champion[1] ($1.5 billion1), Gone with the Wind has long been considered the most celebrated motion picture of all time. On November 17, Warner Home Video (WHV) will honor the romantic epic with a stunningly restored and remastered version, available for the first time on Blu-ray™. Gone with the Wind 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition is sure to be a “must-have” for collectors of classic films, available both in Blu-ray as well as on DVD.




The highlight of this new Blu-ray version of Gone with the Wind is how it looks and sounds. As they’ve done with The Wizard of Oz, Warner Home Video continues to maximize what the Blu-ray format can do in terms of picture and sound. With six times higher resolution than standard DVD along with the sonic excellence of Dolby TruHD, the film will be at its absolute pristine best.




“You're going to see, hear and experience so much more with this Blu-ray edition,” said Jeff Baker, WHV Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog. Viewing Gone with the Wind again on Blu-ray is like seeing it for the first time. You're brought into the saga of the war torn Tara so intensely, you feel as if all the characters literally come alive. At times, I felt as if I was on the set standing next to the camera watching Gable and Leigh as the whole scene unfolded."




Brand new to these editions is a bonus disc with three new outstanding documentaries:




· 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year is a fascinating tribute to a year considered to be one of Hollywood’s greatest. This documentary, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, had its on-air premiere in July as part of TCM’s month-long festival saluting that year’s ‘bumper-crop’ of films.


· Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On is an exploration of the legacy of this most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums.


· Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars -- a 1980 WBTV Special, never before seen on home video.




This historic 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, limited and numbered, will be further enhanced with unique nostalgic premiums – a 40-page hardcover book with photos, production notes and more; a reproduction of the 1939 original program; eight 5” x 7” frameable art prints, and a CD soundtrack sampler. The UCEs will be available in Blu-ray


for $84.99 SRP and DVD for $69.92 SRP. A Two Disc Special Edition will also be offered with the film and commentary for $24.98 SRP. The documentary The Making of a Legend will also be available as a stand alone for $14.97 SRP. Orders for all are due October 13.




Both WHV and TCM will be supporting partners in a 70th Anniversary celebratory weekend to take place in Marietta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta and home of the “Marietta Gone with the Wind” Museum, Scarlett on the Square. The weekend – November 13-14 – is sure to draw fans far and wide, and will consist of a gala re-premiere screening at the historic, newly refurbished Strand theatre, hosted by TCM’s Robert Osborne and complete with red carpet, replica of the original theatre facade, vintage cars from the ‘30s, and more. In addition, there will be a” Belles and Beaus” costume ball and “Gone with the Wind” authors forum.




About the Movie


Gone with the Wind is the grandest, most ambitious and spectacular piece of filmmaking in cinematic history. With more than 50 speaking roles and 2400 extras, the film is the quintessential Hollywood epic – considered a “must have” for collectors, and one that can be watched again and again for generations to come.




Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland star in Gone with the Wind, which for more than a half century has thrilled audiences with its eternal love affair, set in the South against the backdrop of the Civil War, between handsome Rhett Butler (Gable) and his sassy, headstrong heroine Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh). With each new generation, Gone with the Wind continues to grow in popularity as new audiences discover and embrace the David O. Selznick production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.




TWO DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Disc 1 The Movie, Part 1


· Remastered feature with Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio


· Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer




DISC 2 The Movie, Part 2


· Remastered feature


· Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer


· Offer for a numbered Limited Edition copy of the Original 1939 Poster






DVD & BLU-RAY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS




Includes everything listed in the Two Disc SE as well as the following:


Disc 3


About The Movie


· The Making of a Legend documentary (1989 TV Special) (Narrated by Christopher Plummer)


· Restoring a Legend - Chronicles the film/video restoration process


· Dixie Hails Gone with the Wind -1939 Premiere newsreel


· 1940 MGM historical short - The Old South


· Atlanta Civil War Centennial 1961 premiere newsreel


· International prologue


· Foreign language version sample scenes


· Theatrical Trailers




Disc 4


About The Cast


· Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland - Exclusive 2004 Documentary


· Cast profile - Gable: The King Remembered


· Cast profile - Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond


· The Supporting Players - Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble


o At Tara


§ The O’Hara Plantation in Georgia


§ Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O’Hara


§ Barbara O’Neill as Ellen, his wife


o Their Daughters


§ Evelyn Keyes as Suellen


§ Ann Rutherford as Carreen


o The house servants


§ Hattie McDaniel as Mammy


§ Oscar Polk as Pork


§ Butterfly McQueen as Prissy


o At Twelve Oaks


§ Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes


§ Rand Brooks as Charles Hamilton, her brother


§ Carroll Nye as Frank Kennedy, a guest


o In Atlanta


§ Laura Hope Crews as Aunt Pittypat Hamilton


§ Eddie Anderson as Uncle Peter, her coachman


§ Harry Davenport as Dr. Meade


§ Jane Darwell as Mrs. Merriwether


§ Ona Munson as Belle Watling


§ Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler




Disc 5


New Bonus Disc


· Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year –


New documentary about Hollywood’s watershed year narrated by Kenneth Branagh


· Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On -- Exploring the legacy of the most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums


· Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars 1980 WBTV Special never before on home video


· Trailers




(Blu-ray Hi-Def will have all discs above combined onto 2 discs)




Also included are unique premiums housed in a beautiful velvet keepsake box, limited and numbered:




EXCLUSIVE TO THE DVD and BLU-RAY HI-DEF RAY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS


· 20-page reproduction of the original and complete 1939 Souvenir Program


· 40-page Production History Book with photos and production notes


· Eight Frameable 5x7 Art Prints


· CD soundtrack sampler featuring eight tracks


* Main Title

* Tara

* The Barbecue

* Escape From Atlanta

* I'll Never Be Hungry Again!

* Paddock Scene 5:27

* Scarlett In The Mist/Rhett Leaves

* Flashback/Finale




EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS:


· MGM: When The Lion Roars Documentary






Gone with the Wind 70th Anniversary Edition


Street Date: November 17, 2009




Blu-ray Ultimate Collector’s Edition


$84.99 SRP




Ultimate Collector’s Edition (SD)


$69.92 SRP




Two-Disc Special Edition

$24.98 SRP

The release makes it sound as if the BR will only have DD in one place and TrueHD in the other. I'm sure many people can do without the extra stuff in the box as well.
 

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The movie is four hours long. Shouldn't this be split to two discs?

Hmmm. Buddy, did you read the post?

TWO DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Disc 1 The Movie, Part 1
DISC 2 The Movie, Part 2

and for SD

Two-Disc Special Edition

$24.98 SRP
 

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The movie is four hours long. Shouldn't this be split to two discs?

If you are referring to the blu-ray version, 25% of the movie will be the window-boxing bars on the left and right, so that shaves off an hour of the movie run-time right there (encoding space-wise), so it should fit comfortably on one 50GB disc.
 

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It's also Warner, and they have no qualms about doing sub-15Mbps video encodes, which means it should fit pretty easily. I'm fully expecting the bitrate to be dismal, but I just hope they're smart enough to actually devote the entire first disc to just the movie, and not waste space by spreading the extras around (though knowing them it probably won't matter because the movie itself will only take up 30GB anyway, with 10GB extras and menus, and 10GB free space...)
 

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It's also Warner, and they have no qualms about doing sub-15Mbps video encodes, which means it should fit pretty easily. I'm fully expecting the bitrate to be dismal, but I just hope they're smart enough to actually devote the entire first disc to just the movie, and not waste space by spreading the extras around (though knowing them it probably won't matter because the movie itself will only take up 30GB anyway, with 10GB extras and menus, and 10GB free space...)

How about you tone down the auto-reflexive Warner bashing until after you've actually read the specs in the press release, which is posted right at the beginning of this thread, and which very clearly states that the movie will be spread across 2 discs?
 

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Warner is releasing a version in the UK in a normal sized case without all the trinkets in November; Amazon UK has it up for preorder now for about $25.00! This is the way to go for me; I have no use for the giant sized (and high priced) US version.
 

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Warner is releasing a version in the UK in a normal sized case without all the trinkets in November; Amazon UK has it up for preorder now for about $25.00! This is the way to go for me; I have no use for the giant sized (and high priced) US version.

I'm singing along with you.....we're a duo now....
Amazon U.K. here we come.
 

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Warner is releasing a version in the UK in a normal sized case without all the trinkets in November; Amazon UK has it up for preorder now for about $25.00! This is the way to go for me; I have no use for the giant sized (and high priced) US version.

Seems like the only question is, does it have the same extras (playable on U.S. players) sans trinkets? This is the same question that people have been asking about the Wizard of Oz release.
 

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How about you tone down the auto-reflexive Warner bashing until after you've actually read the specs in the press release, which is posted right at the beginning of this thread, and which very clearly states that the movie will be spread across 2 discs?

the Blu-ray set is a 3 disc set

Disc 1- the film

Disc 2- the extras

Disc 3- bonus disc of exclusive extras



only the standard def release will have the film split across discs
 

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Seems like the only question is, does it have the same extras (playable on U.S. players) sans trinkets? This is the same question that people have been asking about the Wizard of Oz release.

I can't resist typing this.


Frankly my dear i don't give a damn
 

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the press release, which is posted right at the beginning of this thread, and which very clearly states that the movie will be spread across 2 discs?

The press release very clearly states no such thing.


That press release states NOTHING CLEARLY. It's the most convoluted announcement I've ever read.


They taken both the various DVD announcements and BD announcements and mashed them into one, hopelessly unitelligible blend.


We've got people asking BD questions and getting replies which quote the DVD section of the release.


About the only thing that SEEMS BD specific is the quote: "(Blu-ray Hi-Def will have all discs above combined onto 2 discs)". So we SEEM to know that 5 DVD's worth of "stuff" will be on two BDs. There is nothing in that release that gives us info about how that material will be broken down on the Blu-ray discs. A previous poster quoted the DVD INFORMATION in reply to a Blu-ray query. I assume questions in this forum relate to the Blu-ray release. Replies using all of the DVD information are of no use. And, yes, I know the movie will be spread over two DVDs. The release states that. I'm not buying DVDs.
 

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The press release very clearly states no such thing.


That press release states NOTHING CLEARLY. It's the most convoluted announcement I've ever read.


They taken both the various DVD announcements and BD announcements and mashed them into one, hopelessly unitelligible blend.

I too have no problem making out the specs in that press release. Not sure what your problem is in doing the same thing.


Directly from the press release...

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DVD & BLU-RAY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS




Includes everything listed in the Two Disc SE as well as the following:
 

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the Blu-ray set is a 3 disc set

Disc 1- the film

Disc 2- the extras

Disc 3- bonus disc of exclusive extras



only the standard def release will have the film split across discs

States it will be 4 discs. 2 for the film and 2 for the extras.
 
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