January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Scarlett O’Hara (Joanne Whalley) has gone through a lot of serious events, but she plans to rebuild her life and if she can, reclaim her true love. But her former lover Rhett Butler (Timothy Dalton) has been in the company of another woman, so Scarlett decides to seek out her past, as well as discover more about herself. She ends up traveling more than a little to find out what she can, but soon ends up back in Savannah, after finding herself in a rather compromising position, so to speak. At the same time, Rhett has been courting his potential new bride and of course, Scarlett thinks about him a lot, but little does she know that he thinks of her as well. But Scarlett focuses more on her family and soon ventures to Ireland, where the ancestral O’Hara home is located. Of course, she purchases the land and quickly becomes the most prominent O’Hara, which brings her a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. But when bad luck strikes and she is forced to call upon Rhett for assistance, will things remain cordial, or will both give in to the feelings they have for each other?

As Gone With The Wind has stood the test of time and been held as a revered classic, to attempt a sequel had to be an ambitious undertaking, without a doubt. But over fifty years after the original, Scarlett was shown on television, as the sequel to one of the all time classics of cinema. Based on the book by Alexandra Ripley, this miniseries starts off on the right foot, but quickly starts to fall apart and in the end, is an average effort at best. Tim Dalton (Licence to Kill, The Rocketeer) and Joanne Whalley (The Man Who Knew Too Little, Willow) provide decent lead roles, but pale in comparison to the original players, which I think nearly everyone expected would happen. But if you put the original out mind (which is pretty much impossible), Scarlett has some good moments and as far as television miniseries go, isn’t too bad. It just had some massive shoes to fill and came up short, although I doubt it ever could have really lived up to Gone With The Wind. This two disc edition from Artisan features the complete six hour and forty minute miniseries, as well as a behind the scenes featurette. While Scarlett fails to capture the magic of Gone With The Wind, it is a decent miniseries and if you’re at all interested, I recommend you give it a rental.

Video: How does it look?

Scarlett is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. This looks sharper than it would on television, which is about all we can ask for here, I think. I saw some flaws like shimmering and edge enhancement, but neither was too serious and in the end, the image here is more than solid. The colors look bright and I noticed no bleeds in the least, while flesh tones remain normal and never falter in the least. It seems the contrast is also up to the task, as detail is high and black levels are well balanced throughout. So the basics are covered and even with a couple of small errors, this is a more than effective visual effort, given the nature of the release.

Audio: How does it sound?

This sounds about like it would on television, though perhaps a little crisper, but I can’t be certain about that. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is as robust as can be expected, given the limits of the format and nature of this release. I had no problems with the mix, but it lacks a certain depth we’ve gotten used to, although as a television miniseries, it shouldn’t be held up to the normal feature film standards, I suppose. The music and sound effects come through in more than adequate form, while dialogue is clean and never hard to understand. Not the most memorable of tracks, but all things considered, it is more than enough for the material involved.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes a twenty-five minute behind the scenes featurette, filled with informative interviews, clips from the program, and general behind the scenes footage. Perhaps not the finest piece of this length I have seen, but a well made featurette and of course, I think fans will very pleased that Artisan has included it here.

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