The Wizard of OzDirector: Jack Bender, L. Frank Baum
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When MGM released The Wizard of Oz on DVD there was little doubt it was the best version on home video, but Warner Bros., which now has the rights to this title, has gone out of its way to give DVD owners the best-looking and best-sounding version of the film. The picture quality is as good, if not better, than the MGM version. The huge amounts of color in every frame come across perfectly. The sound quality is excellent. The film has a new 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. There's only so much that can be done for the sound with a film this old, but they did a fine job. The majority of the sound comes from the front-center speaker, with a little use of side and surround for music numbers, but everything is clear and very distinct. The highlight of this disc is the wealth of bonus material. While a good amount of these extras were previously available on the Ultimate Oz laserdisc, there is even more for DVD owners. One of the most interesting parts of the disc is a huge audio program that lets viewers hear outtakes of songs and other recorded material. It is a pleasure to hear Judy Garland sneeze in the middle of a song. The lengthy documentary, hosted by Angela Lansbury, is also a treat. The amount of documentation on this disc is amazing and covers all elements of the film's production. Some may say the hours of extra material are a bit overwhelming, but the treasure herein makes the time commitment worthwhile. The viewer is able to easily access the different pieces from the creative menus. The only drawback to this DVD is that the packaging claims it contains the shooting script, but it's nowhere to be found. The MGM version of this movie was fine, but Warner has given viewers a disc that really can be called a special edition.
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- Mgm (Video & Dvd)
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- [B&W, Full Frame]
- [Dolby Digital Mono]
Cast & Crew
|John Ritter||L. Frank Baum|
|Judy Garland||Dorothy Gale|
|Mildred Harris||Princess Margaret ("Fluff") of Noland,Button-Bright, an American boy|
|Vivian Reed||Princess Gloria/Ozma head logo,Quavo/Ozma head logo|
|Annette O'Toole||Maud Gage Baum|
|Frank Morgan||Prof. Marvel/The Wizard|
|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|
|David Schramm||W.W. Denslow|
|Dorothy Dwan||Dorothy,Princess Dorothea|
|Jack Haley||Hickory/The Tin Woodsman|
|Pierre Couderc||The Patchwork Girl,Tin Woodman|
|Jerry Maren||Mr. Munchkin,Guild Leader|
|Billie Burke||Glinda, the Good Witch|
|Virginia Pearson||Lady Vishuss|
|Charlie Murray||The Wizard|
|Margaret Hamilton||Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch|
|Clara Blandick||Auntie Em|
|Billy Bletcher||Mayor/Lollypop Guild (voice)|
|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|
|Lois January||Cat Owner|
|Mitchell Lewis||Head Winkie|
|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)|
|Carol Tevis||Munchkin Voice (voice)|
|John Farrell MacDonald||Director|
|L. Frank Baum||Director,Source Author|
|Harold Arlen||Score Composer|
|George Bassman||Score Composer|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Arnold A. Gillespie||Special Effects|
|Harold Hal Rosson||Cinematographer|
|George Stoll||Score Composer|
|Herbert Stothart||Score Composer|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Edgar Allan Woolf||Screenwriter|
0. Scene Selections.
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. "Apples!." [2:31]
22. "A man made out of tin!." [2:13]
23. If I only had a heart. [:27]
24. "Wanna play ball?." [1:12]
25. "To Oz? To Oz!." [2:20]
26. "Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my!." [3:05]
27. Meeting the cowardly lion. [1:05]
28. If I only had the nerve. [:56]
29. We're off to see the Wizard. [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. Potimistic voices. [1:03]
35. The Emerald City. [2:10]
36. The merry old land of Oz. [1:40]
37. Surrerder, 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. "Sieze them!." [1:04]
47. "I'm melting!." [1:04]
48. "The wicked witch is dead!." [1:24]
49. The Wizard 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]
Menu Group #1 with 55 chapter(s) covering 01:41:42
Cast & Crew.
Characters of Oz.
The Emerald City.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic.
Outtakes & deleted scenes.
Behind the scenes.
Sketches and storyboards.
Costum and make-up tests.
Special effects stills.
Harold Arlen home movies.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a fabulous story. It is somewhat more savage than I recollect so would not suggest for little youngsters. I brought
like Wiz of Oz good but like Cheese Wiz better. Me get hungry too much I guess!
one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...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!!!
this is the nest movie that was ever made! i love it!
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!
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.