It’s hard to convey how good this movie looks on Blu-ray. Digital technology makes it possible to align the elements of a three-strip Technicolor negative more precisely than was ever possible before, creating a clarity in the image that’s dazzling.
You can certainly make valid criticisms of the film itself, for its pious romanticizing of the antebellum South and slavery, for its distressing (if well-intentioned) patronizing of its black characters. What you can’t deny is that it’s one of the grandest entertainments ever concocted by anyone in any medium.
A fine cast, a literate and amusing script, sure-footed direction and the deployment of studio craftsmanship on a stupendous scale result in a film of breathtaking virtuosity — part soap opera, part melodrama, part epic, part lyrical romance, part tragedy.
Producer David Selznick put the package together with canny calculation and good taste but director Victor Fleming invested it with life, made the elements cohere into a timeless work of popular art. His direction of the film ranks among the highest achievements of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
It’s just the damnedest thing. The Blu-ray of Gone With the Wind belongs in every civilized home.
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