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Wizard of Oz
     

The Wizard of Oz

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Director: Jack Bender, L. Frank Baum

Cast: John Farrell MacDonald, Larry Semon

 

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Victor Fleming's family musical masterpiece The Wizard of Oz comes to DVD with this handsome package from Warner Bros. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack is also available in

Overview

Victor Fleming's family musical masterpiece The Wizard of Oz comes to DVD with this handsome package from Warner Bros. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack is also available in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible for both of those languages as well. The extensive supplemental materials include a making-of documentary, trailers, outtakes from some of the musical numbers, cast interviews, newsreel clips, and an audio presentation from the original recording session for the soundtrack. This is an excellent disc that gives the viewer a sense of this important film's history, while beautifully presenting the film's picture and sound.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Hollywood magic has rarely worked as well as it did in MGM's adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel. This fairy tale about a Kansas farm girl who is swept by a tornado into the land of the Munchkins has burned itself into the collective consciousness of generations of moviegoers. By today's standards, the special effects look primitive, but when Dorothy (Judy Garland) steps out of monochromatic Kansas into the Technicolor splendor of Oz, the moment still invokes wonder. And the songs, especially the Academy Award-winning "Over the Rainbow," remain infectious. As the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr, respectively, bring humor and humanity to their make-believe characters, while the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) remains among the screen's scariest villains. Finally, though, it is the emotional truthfulness of Judy Garland's performance, infused with all the yearnings of adolescence, that makes The Wizard of Oz a masterpiece.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The lavish MGM production of L. Frank Baum's children's book may have lost a million dollars on its initial release, but its songcraft, technical artistry, star-making performance from Judy Garland, and unexpected TV success turned it into a perennial classic. With future ace MGM musical producer Arthur Freed lending producer Mervyn LeRoy an uncredited hand in pre-production, Cedric Gibbons' art direction, Adrian's costumes, and Hal Rosson's sparkling cinematography maximized the creative potential of Technicolor film, as Dorothy goes "over the rainbow" from a sepia-toned black-and-white Kansas to a fantastically rendered Oz of ruby slippers, emerald cities, and yellow brick roads. Lent ample support by vaudeville vets Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr, neophyte Garland delivered a touching performance as Dorothy, proving that she had the acting talent to match her superb singing. As with Gone With the Wind, the film went through several directors and Victor Fleming got the credit; King Vidor directed the Kansas sequences, including Garland's solo "Over the Rainbow." Almost cut for the sake of pacing, "Over the Rainbow" became an Oscar winner for Best Song and a Garland standard. Although the 2.7-million-dollar film wilted at the box office, The Wizard of Oz was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture (which it lost to Gone With the Wind), winning for Herbert Stothart's score and Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's song. It was the first feature sold for prime-time TV telecast, and its 1956 TV debut was a ratings hit, finally turning it into the crowd-pleasing blockbuster that MGM had always meant it to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
UPC:
0012569521223
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; A classic reproduction of the original theatrical script; Rare still photos; Theatrical color poster reproduction (8½"x11"); A restored and enhanced Wizard of Oz DVD, digitally restored for enhanced picture quality and remastered in true stereo sound; Behind-the-scenes documentary The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic, hosted by Angela Lansbury; Outtakes, including the deleted Jitterbug dance sequence; Original theatrical trailer; Vintage movie and cartoon clips; Theatrical trailers; 2 English soundtracks: Dolby Surround 5.1 and original mono; Outtake musical numbers; Newsreel excerpts; Cast interviews; Shooting script; Extensive audio program of original recording session material and radio broadcasts; Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bebe Daniels Dorothy
John Ritter L. Frank Baum
Judy Garland Dorothy Gale
Larry Semon Farmhand,Scarecrow,Toymaker
Mildred Harris Princess Margaret ("Fluff") of Noland,Button-Bright, an American boy
Vivian Reed Princess Gloria/Ozma head logo,Quavo/Ozma head logo
Andy Anderson Actor
Annette O'Toole Maud Gage Baum
Frank Morgan Prof. Marvel/The Wizard
Mai Wells Mombi
Ben Deely Actor
Ray Bolger Hunk/The Scarecrow
Rue McClanahan Matilda J. Gage
Violet MacMillan King Timothy "Bud" of Noland,Ojo, a Munchkin Boy
Bert Lahr Zeke/The Cowardly Lion
Bryant Washburn Prince Kynde
Charles Haid Al Badham,Cowardly Lion
Frank Moore Scarecrow,Unc Nunkie, Guardian
Fred Woodward Nickodemus
David Schramm W.W. Denslow
Dorothy Dwan Dorothy,Princess Dorothea
Jack Haley Hickory/The Tin Woodsman
Pierre Couderc The Patchwork Girl,Tin Woodman
Gus Wayne Munchkin
Jerry Maren Mr. Munchkin,Guild Leader
Richard Rosson Danx
Billie Burke Glinda, the Good Witch
Virginia Pearson Lady Vishuss
Charlie Murray The Wizard
Margaret Hamilton Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch
Pat Walshe Nikko
Clara Blandick Auntie Em
Billy Bletcher Mayor/Lollypop Guild (voice)
Tyler Brook Ozmite
Adriana Caselotti Juliet (voice)
Pinto Colvig Munchkin Voice (voice)
Billy Curtis City Father
Abe Dinovitch Apple Tree/Munchkin Voice (voice)
Major Doyle Munchkin (uncredited)
Daisy Earles Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles Guild Singer
Buddy Ebsen Tin Woodman on "We're Off to See the Wizard" (voice)
Charles Grapewin Uncle Henry
Charles Irwin Ozmite
Lois January Cat Owner
Mitchell Lewis Head Winkie
Singer Midgets Munchkins
Walter Miller Bespectacled Munchkin
George Ministeri Coach Driver
Yvonne Moray League Dancer
Lee Murray Winged Monkey
Frank Packard Munchkin (uncredited)
Lillian Porter Munchkin (uncredited)
"Little Billy" Rhodes Barrister
Jimmy Rosen Munchkin (uncredited)
Oliver Smith Ozmite
Terry Toto
Carol Tevis Munchkin Voice (voice)
Bobby Watson Ozmite

Technical Credits
Jack Bender Director
John Farrell MacDonald Director
L. Frank Baum Director,Source Author
Larry Semon Director
Otis Turner Director
Ted Eshbaugh Director
Victor Fleming Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Arlen Score Composer
George Bassman Score Composer
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Mervyn LeRoy Producer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Florence Ryerson Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
George Stoll Score Composer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Edgar Allan Woolf Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [1:36]
2. Prologue [:19]
3. Dorothy's Dilemma [3:53]
4. Over the Rainbow [2:13]
5. Miss Gulch [2:20]
6. Toto Escapes [:40]
7. Dorothy Runs Away [1:47]
8. Crystal-Gazing [2:15]
9. "It's a Twister!" [1:55]
10. Inside the Cyclone [2:28]
11. Not in Kansas Anymore [3:29]
12. Come Out, Come Out... [:44]
13. It Really Was No Miracle [1:09]
14. Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead! [2:42]
15. The Lullaby League [:28]
16. The Lollipop Guild [1:03]
17. "Who Killed My Sister?" [1:58]
18. "What a Smell of Sulfur!" [1:37]
19. Follow the Yellow Brick Road [:32]
20. You're Off to See the Wizard [:47]
21. Dorothy Meets the Scarecrow [2:31]
22. If I Only Had a Brain [2:13]
23. We're Off to See the Wizard [:27]
24. "Apples!" [1:12]
25. "A Man Made out of Tin!" [2:20]
26. If I Only Had a Heart [3:05]
27. "Wanna Play Ball?" [1:05]
28. "To Oz? To Oz!" [:56]
29. "Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh, My!" [1:07]
30. Meeting the Cowardly Lion [3:04]
31. If I Only Had the Nerve [:41]
32. We're Off to See the Wizard [1:02]
33. "Poppies Will Put Them to Sleep!" [3:26]
34. Optimistic Voices [1:03]
35. The Emerald City [2:10]
36. The Merry Old Land of Oz [1:40]
37. Surrender, Dorothy! [1:43]
38. If I Were King of the Forest [4:47]
39. Meeting the Wizard of Oz [3:59]
40. The Haunted Forest [1:45]
41. Attack of the Winged Monkeys [1:40]
42. Dorothy in Captivity [1:14]
43. Toto's Escape [3:13]
44. March of the Winkies [2:40]
45. The Rescue [1:30]
46. "Seize Them!" [1:04]
47. "I'm Melting!" [1:04]
48. "The Wicked Witch Is Dead!" [1:24]
49. The Wizard Is Revealed [:59]
50. Heroic Rewards [4:25]
51. The Wizard's Balloon [2:02]
52. Glinda Returns [1:41]
53. Dorothy's Farewell [1:06]
54. "There's No Place Like Home!" [2:44]
55. Cast List [:24]
1. In Any Language [2:22]
2. The Principals [2:24]
3. Credits [:30]
4. The Anniversary [1:36]
5. How It Came to Be Made [2:59]
6. Judy [1:20]
7. The Good Witch [:40]
8. The Bad Witch [2:19]
9. The Wizard [2:05]
10. The Scarecrow [1:56]
11. Tin Woodman [2:32]
12. L. Frank Baum [2:10]
13. The Screenplay [:31]
14. The Music [2:29]
15. The Directors [2:35]
16. The Munchkins [2:44]
17. Very Special Effects [2:04]
18. Behind the Scenes [3:29]
19. More About Munchkins [1:28]
20. ...Crowded Out [2:13]
21. Publicity [3:11]
22. Hollywood's Golden Year [1:21]
23. The Oscars [2:09]
24. A National Institution [3:35]

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The Wizard of Oz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
ChrissyMcCarthy More than 1 year ago
I have loved the Wizard of Oz since I first saw it. The gift set is exciting because it it fills in the gaps of how the author came to write the book. I had never seen the movie with John Ritter in it before and I completly enjoyed it. All of the other parts I loved also. I am going to be making a scrapbook about the Wizard of Oz starting with the reason the book was written. I love everyone who loves the movie get this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a film is as good as THE WIZARD OF OZ to begin with, it's hard to make it better. Having said that, however, this 70th anniversary addition genuinely improves on a timeless original. This digital transfer has obviously been a labor of love for the restoration team, and their affection for and care of the original material is evident from the very first frame of the film. The abundance, depth, and variety of the color palette is unsurpassed. The set pieces, the backgrounds, and the costumes pulse with energy and bring a new level of cinematic authority to this movie masterpiece. The pristine clarity of every shot radiates with power and movement. Who knew that early Technicolor could look this good? The sharpness and visual sweep of this transfer gives THE WIZARD OF OZ a sheen of sheer wonder than enhances its enchantment. And because all of these qualities are incorporated to support the beauty of the film's story, they never overwhelm the action or the characters. The cinematography has never looked better, the soundtrack has never been as crisp, the characters have never looked so alive and detailed, and the entire film is unparalleled. Even the DVD extras enhance the experience of the film, making this a WIZARD for the ages. Whether you choose the standard DVD format or the Blu-Ray option, you will not be disappointed. But don't wait too long to decide. This set is a limited edition collector's item, and when it's gone, it's gone; so get yours today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The description of this leads you to believe the dvd is in a widescreen 19x9 aspect ration, not its 4x3 television edited format. The only widesrceen formatting in on the movie's home navigation page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a all time favorite and one of the best movies i've seen, it's a life-changing movie that will teach families good lessons about friendship, this is truly a awesome movie on a awesome DVD with tons of extras and it's worth owning to every DVD collector.
2dogmom More than 1 year ago
If you have seen this movie, as we have multiple times, it won't compare to the Blue Ray version. Our family has been Wizard of Oz fans for years and can recite most of the lines along with the actors. This is a must see for Oz lovers! The box containing the memorabilia is very nice and can be a family treasure for years to come.
CHirsch More than 1 year ago
My 2 yr old daughter fell in love with "Boz" the first time she watched it. Definately a great purchase. She's watched it so much we may need to buy another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous story. It is somewhat more savage than I recollect so would not suggest for little youngsters. I brought
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Stanley More than 1 year ago
like Wiz of Oz good but like Cheese Wiz better. Me get hungry too much I guess!
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love watching "Dark Side of the Rainbow". I'm hoping someone will share info on how well this version of the Wizard of OZ synchs up with Dark Side of the Moon. I heard that some editions are better than others due to differences in the length of play of the movie. Any tips out there on the best timing of starting the Music to Sych up to the movie for the first, second and third times? We use the third roar of the MGM lion to start and the second start being the third roar of the cowardly lion and an automatic repeat for the third play. If you haven't tried it, you must!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and still holds up! The colors are great on my new 1080p, flat screen TV! Like watching for the first time, but now I know all the words! WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN...IN IMAX 3-D!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the most entertianing video I have seen in my life. The new experience draws the viewers into a dream world, led by the statuesque Judy Garland,and let them feel the same emotions as the young girl Dorthy Gale, in the movie is feeling. The writers of this movie really bring the book to life with new songs and make it enjoyable for generations to come.
adamsl13 More than 1 year ago
The movie speaks for itself, but this package is amazing. You get so many additional things that you cannot get anywhere else. This is the perfect gift for the WoO fan!