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Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and still history’s all time US domestic box-office champion (US$1.5 billion), Gone with the Wind has long been considered the most celebrated motion picture of all time. Warner Home Video honours the romantic epic with a restored and remastered version, available for the first time on Blu-ray, as well as DVD.

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

"see, hear and experience"

“You're going to see, hear and experience so much more with this Blu-ray edition,” says Nadene Hills, WHV Australia’s Theatrical Catalogue Group Marketing Manager. “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 scene unfolds."

New to the Ultimate Collector’s Edition is a bonus disc with three new documentaries:

• 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year - narrated by Kenneth Branagh, had its on-air premiere in July 2009 as part of TCM’s month-long festival saluting the year’s bumper crop of films.

• Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On - an exploration of the legacy of the film through interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums.

• Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars -- a 1980 WBTV Special, first time on home video.

This historic 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition (on Blu-ray), 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 and ten 5” x 7” frameable art prints.

"the quintessential Hollywood epic"

With more than 50 speaking roles and 2400 extras, the film is the quintessential Hollywood epic. Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland star in Gone with the Wind, which for more than a half century has engaged 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).

A David O. Selznick production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind is also memorable for its ending, and the much quoted line in the last scene by Rhett (but not the last line in the film): “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Even allowing for the faintly optimistic tone of Scarlett’s last line, you can’t see Hollywood studio execs allowing such an ending if it were made (at corresponding cost) today. So what do they know?

Published December 3, 2009

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Ultimate Collectors Edition: $79.95RRP and DVD for $59.95RRP. A 2-Disc Special Edition will also be offered with the film and commentary on Blu-ray for $29.95RRP and DVD for $19.95RRP. Released December 2, 2009.

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