As a member of Warner Home Video super exclusive Blu Ray Elite team, I get access to some of the greatest movies ever made. My mission is to give you how these movies fit in the life of a Dad.
Movie: Gone With the Wind
It may be weird to say but this was the first time I ever watched Gone With the Wind. It seems like since the film is so ingrained in our culture I should have seen it at some point in the past 30 years of my existence. One thing that might have contributed to that is the fact that the movie is almost 4 hours long. If you are keeping track, Gone With the Wind is the #4 movie in the AFI top 100. Taking place a little before the civil war in the US the movie follows the life and loves of Scarlet O’Hara as war breaks out between the states, and her life in the south during these difficult times. In addition, it is an interesting glimpse of family life and drama in the south.
Dad Factor: Low. While a classic movie, most Dad’s are not going to find enough interesting for 4 hours worth of family intrigue and personal drama. Something needs to be said about how intricate the plot is, for those 4 hours you get your fill of ups and downs and while I think most men would agree with Rhett Butler and say “Frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a damn” the movie stands as a testament of what talent and great film making could do.
Kid Factor: Low. Not unless you are looking to encourage a full out mutiny in the house.
Date Factor: Low. It is tough to say, the story works well but the length of the film is what gives it the low grade.
Cool Blu Ray Features: I was surprised to see that the 70th anniversary edition didn’t come with any special features, only commentary from noted historian Rudy Behlmer. None the less the restored version looks amazing, especially with the color contrast.
Bottom Line: While it isn’t at the top of my list and true cinema nerd needs to have the film. Its kind of like learning algebra at school, for some it might not be necessary but everybody needs to know it. It doesn’t hurt that the Blu-Ray version is probably the best the film has every sounded and looked ever.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie on Blu Ray for my participation in the Warner Brothers Blu Ray elite program. These are my unbiased opinions.