Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

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Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger


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The third and definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's…  See more details below


The third and definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Dorothy yearns to travel "over the rainbow" to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the Technicolorful land of Oz. Having offended the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), Dorothy is protected from the old crone's wrath by the ruby slippers that she wears. At the suggestion of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where dwells the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who might be able to help the girl return to Kansas. En route, she befriends a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley), and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). The Scarecrow would like to have some brains, the Tin Man craves a heart, and the Lion wants to attain courage; hoping that the Wizard will help them too, they join Dorothy on her odyssey to the Emerald City.

Garland was MGM's second choice for Dorothy after Shirley Temple dropped out of the project; and Bolger was to have played the Tin Man but talked co-star Buddy Ebsen into switching roles. When Ebsen proved allergic to the chemicals used in his silver makeup, he was replaced by Haley. Gale Sondergaard was originally to have played the Wicked Witch of the West in a glamorous fashion, until the decision was made to opt for belligerent ugliness, and the Wizard was written for W.C. Fields, who reportedly turned it down because MGM couldn't meet his price. Although Victor Fleming, who also directed Gone With the Wind, was given sole directorial credit, several directors were involved in the shooting, included King Vidor, who shot the opening and closing black-and-white sequences. Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's now-classic Oscar-winning song "Over the Rainbow" was nearly chopped from the picture after the first preview because it "slowed down the action." The Wizard of Oz was too expensive to post a large profit upon initial release; however, after a disappointing reissue in 1955, it was sold to network television, where its annual showings made it a classic.

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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.

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Product Details

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Warner Home Video
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

The Life and Times of original author L. Frank Baum and early screen adaptations of the OZ books; The original Baum silent The Patchwork Girl of Oz and the complete The Magic Cloak of Oz; A documentary profile of director Victor Fleming; The TV-movie special The Dreamer of Oz starring John Ritter, Annette O'Toole and Rue McClanahan; The 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame salute to the Munchkins; Bonus movie: When the Lion Roars

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Dorothy Gale
Frank Morgan Prof. Marvel/The Wizard
Ray Bolger Hunk/The Scarecrow
Bert Lahr Zeke/The Cowardly Lion
Jack Haley Hickory/The Tin Woodsman
Gus Wayne Munchkin
Billie Burke Glinda, the Good Witch
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
Jerry Maren Guild Leader
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
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
L. Frank Baum Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Wizard of Oz - When the Lion Roars - Part 1
1. Dream Factory [9:28]
2. Epic Empire [11:39]
3. Romantic Pairings [10:32]
4. Chaney, Gish, Davies, Keaton [10:07]
5. Sound; Falls and Rises [11:00]
6. Crawford, Gable, Barrymore [10:02]
7. Remaking and Rewriting [12:00]
8. On Location; Tarzan [9:49]
9. Stars, Scandals, Knifings [11:48]
10. Son-in-Law Also Rises [12:41]
11. Farewell to a Genius [10:21]
12. End Credits [2:39]
1. The Gibbons Touch [11:48]
2. Just a Tool: Luise Rainer [8:57]
3. Child Stars [14:59]
4. Series and Operettas [10:05]
5. Class Actors [13:12]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Wizard of Oz - When the Lion Roars - Part 2
6. Judy Goes to Oz [3:46]
7. Gone with the Wind [7:52]
8. Leaving Ladies [4:42]
9. Lana and Lamarr [13:01]
10. Hepburn / Tracy [4:48]
11. Propaganda Machine [11:58]
12. Wartime Service [10:34]
13. Storm Clouds [7:59]
1. One Big Happy Family [:00]
2. Musical Perfection [:00]
3. Kelly, Sinatra, Williams [:00]
4. Message Moviemaking [:00]
5. End of the Line [:00]
6. Civil War [10:11]
7. Ambitious American [6:09]
8. Singin' in the Rain [6:31]
9. Widescreen; Wild Screen [4:54]
10. Downward Motion [5:30]
11. Gigi and Ben-Hur [10:09]
12. The 1960s [6:15]
13. Kerkorian to Turner [5:30]
14. Legacy [6:53]
15. End Credits [:00]

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The Wizard of Oz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the nest movie that was ever made! i love it!
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of you who have enjoyed the Wizard of OZ and for those who haven't, I would recommend watching it on mute with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon CD. I never really cared for this movie until I watched it with Floyd. Just start the CD on the MGM lion's third roar. Make sure that the CD is on continuous play (start over again since the movie is longer). You will be amazed at the amount of sync between the two - even on the CD's second time around. Try this and you will get a new feel for the movie. And no, you do not have to be a stoner to appeciate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite movie I love the scarecrow he is so stupid its funny