June 29, 1998 12:00 PM

>GONE WITH THE WIND

Everyone should see Gone With the Wind at least once on a big screen. Now you have a chance, starting June 26, with the rerelease nationwide of a new, digitally cleaned-up print of the 1939 drama. The nearly four-hour film (with intermission), based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel about the Civil War-era South, is still the Hollywood epic by which all epics—James Cameron, listen up—are judged.

This latest GWTW will have audiences seeing red, and not just because of the now politically incorrect scene in which Scarlett O’Hara (the incomparable Vivien Leigh) threatens to wallop Prissy (Butterfly McQueen), her black maid. For the first time since its 1961 rerelease, GWTW has been reprinted using true Technicolor, and the film’s reds, greens and blues glow as warmly and brightly as Christmas lights. (G)

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