Fathom Events, Warner Bros & TCM to Bring GONE WITH THE WIND Back to Theaters Nationwide
Scarlett O'Hara won and then lost Rhett Butler, Atlanta burned and the antebellum South was shown in all its splendor and decimation in one of cinema's most treasured and most successful films, "Gone With the Wind." And now, as part of the festivities to mark the 10-time Oscar©-winning film's 75th anniversary, Fathom Events is joining with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Turner Classic Movies to bring "TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind" back to its original home in select theatres nationwide and presented in its original aspect ratio so audiences can experience it as it was originally shown 75 years ago. The film will be exhibited on Sunday, September 28 and Wednesday, October 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
Tickets for "TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 650 select movie theaters around the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
In addition to the classic film, which starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Olivia De Havilland as Melanie Hamilton and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes, "TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind" will include a specially produced introduction by TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne.
"Gone With the Wind" was released in 1939 and won the best picture Oscar© for that year. It has been re-released nine times since, but "TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind" will offer audiences their first opportunity to see the masterpiece in its original 1:37 aspect ratio since its initial re-release in 1947. It will also be shown in that format when shown on TV and distributed on Blu-Ray format as part of the all-encompassing celebration of the classic's 75th anniversary.
"Fathom Events is honored to be part of the multi-faceted commemoration of the 75th anniversary of 'Gone With the Wind,' and especially to give fans the chance to see it in the format and venue it was made for," Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. "There's no better way to appreciate the grandeur or beauty of this film than in cinemas, with top-of-the-line projection and sound quality."
"'Gone With the Wind' is one of the most celebrated and iconic films in the WB Library," noted Jeff Baker, WBHE's Executive VP and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog. "We are very selective about re-releasing classic films from our library, theatrically and this is certainly one that warrants the limited re-release. Deservedly, 75 years later, it remains the domestic box-office king at nearly $1.7 billion (adjusted for inflation)."
On September 30, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's "Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition" arrives on Blu-ray and Digital HD with UltraViolet. It will be fittingly presented in limited and numbered sets, with new premium packaging, new special features and new collectible memorabilia. For more information, please click here.
"We're thrilled to be teaming up with Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as we bring 'Gone With the Wind' back into the spotlight for its 75th anniversary," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of digital, affiliate, lifestyle and enterprise commerce for TCM, TBS and TNT. "This is a great chance for fans to experience this monumental classic on the big screen."
As any fan of classic films or American literature surely knows, "Gone With the Wind" is the Epic Civil War drama about spoiled southern belle Scarlett O'Hara. Starting with her idyllic life on the plantation Tara, it traces her unrequited love for Ashley Wilkes, her tempestuous relationship with roguish Rhett Butler and her struggles as Atlanta burns, her family home is decimated and she vows to never go hungry again. As has been evident from the enduring devotion that fans have for the story - on film, on the pages of Margaret Mitchell's original novel, on TV and home entertainment formats - frankly, they DO give a damn about Scarlett's triumphs, travails and ultimate will to survive.
For artwork/photos related to "TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind," click here.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment's biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras - creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom's live digital broadcast network ("DBN") is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About Warner Home Entertainment
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WBUltra.
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and Friday Night Spotlight; and annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar in February, Summer Under the Stars in August and TCM Essentials Jr. during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.
TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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