The Wizard of OzDirector: Victor Fleming, 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 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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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Billie Burke||Glinda, the Good Witch|
|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|
|Jerry Maren||Guild Leader|
|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)|
|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|
|L. Frank Baum||Source Author|
1. Main Title
3. Dorothy's Dilemma
4. Over the Rainbow
5. Miss Gulch
6. Toto Escapes
7. Dorothy Runs Away
9. "It's a Twister!"
10. Inside the Cyclone
11. Not In Kansas Anymore
12. "Come Out, Come Out"
13. It Really Was No Miracle
14. Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!
15. The Lullaby League
16. The Lollipop Guild
17. "Who Killed My Sister?"
18. "What a Smell of Sulfur!"
19. Follow the Yellow Brick Road
20. You're Off to See the Wizard
21. Dorothy Meets the Scarecrow
22. If I Only Had a Brain
23. We're Off to See the Wizard
25. A Man Made Out of Tin!
26. If I Only Had a Heart
27. "Wanna Play Ball?"
28. "To Oz? To Oz!"
29. "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, My!"
30. Meeting the Cowardly Lion
31. If I Only Had the Nerve
32. We're Off to See the Wizard
33. "Poppies Will Put Them to Sleep!"
34. Optimistic Voices
35. The Emerald City
36. The Merry Old Land of Oz
37. Surrender, Dorothy!
38. If I Were King of the Forest
39. Meeting the Wizard of Oz
40. The Haunted Forest
41. Attack of the Winged Monkeys
42. Dorothy in Captivity
43. Toto's Escape
44. March of the Winkies
45. The Rescue
46. "Seize Them!"
47. "I'm Melting!"
48. "The Wicked Witch is Dead!"
49. The Wizard Revealed
50. Heroic Rewards
51. The Wizard's Balloon
52. Glinda Returns
53. Dorothy's Farewell
54. "There's No Place Like Home!"
55. Cast List
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook
Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz
We Haven't Really Met Properly...
Frank Morgan as The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel
Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow/Hunk
Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion/Zeke
Jack Haley as The Tin Man/Hickory
Billie Burke as Glinda, The Good Witch of the North
Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch
Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry
Clara Blandick as Auntie Em
Terry as Toto
Music and Effects Track
Original Mono Track
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Over the Rainbow
Follow the Yellow Brick Road/You're Off to See the Wizard
If I Only Had a Brain
If I Only Had a Heart
We're Off to See the Wizard
If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off to See the Wizard
The Merry Old Land of Oz
If I Were King of the Forest
English (For the Hearing Impaired)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
...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 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.
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!