The Wizard of Oz

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Commentary by historian John Fricke with the film's cast and crew, sing-along feature and much more!
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Editorial Reviews

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

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • UPC: 883929405350
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,627

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 Voice Only
Tyler Brook Ozmite
Adriana Caselotti Voice Only
Pinto Colvig Voice Only
Billy Curtis City Father
Abe Dinovitch Voice Only
Major Doyle Munchkin (uncredited)
Daisy Earles Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles Guild Singer
Buddy Ebsen Voice Only
Charles Grapewin Uncle Henry
Charles Irwin Ozmite
Lois January Cat Owner
Mitchell Lewis Head Winkie
Jerry Maren Guild Leader
The 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 Voice Only
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 -- The Wizard of Oz
1. Main Title
2. Prologue
3. Dorothy's Dilemma
4. Over the Rainbow
5. Miss Gulch
6. Toto Escapes
7. Dorothy Runs Away
8. Crystal-Gazing
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
24. "Apples!"
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
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Wizard of Oz
   Play
   Scenes
   Features
      Commentary
         Play Commentary
      The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook
      Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz
      We Haven't Really Met Properly...
         Play All
         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
      Sing-Along
         Sing-Along With the Movie
         Select a Song
            Play All
            Over the Rainbow
            Munchkinland Medley
            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
            Optimistic Voices
            The Merry Old Land of Oz
            If I Were King of the Forest
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English (For the Hearing Impaired)
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS NOT A WIDESCREEN VERSION!

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Oz in Blue Ray is unforgettable

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a great gift set.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wizard of Oz

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies ever!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    This is a fabulous story. It is somewhat more savage than I reco

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Buy now, dont be big dummy

    like Wiz of Oz good but like Cheese Wiz better. Me get hungry too much I guess!

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting Movie

    This movie is fun, creative, imaginiative, and great for the whole family to watch! Trust me parents children will love this awesome funny movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Suicidal munchkin or just a bird??

    In this clear picture of The Wizard of Oz on blu ray, you can see every single detail of the sceneries and the backgrounds. From the obviously plastic flowers in Munchkinland to the question of whether someone was hanging himself in the trees or if it's just a bird flapping its wings in the background when Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tin Man continue on their way to Oz. It's a great movie for children to enjoy with their families and even for parents and grandparents to reminisce on their childhood. Judy Garland's singing voice is sure to snatch the attention and the emotions of anyone. The Scarecrow will never cease to humor you. And Toto, the dog, is just plain adorable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Oh MY!

    what a beautiful movie. I loved this as a kid...my daughter loved it...and now my two grandchildren, boy age 4 and girl age 2...this is their favorite movie. We usually watch it when their getting ready to nap in the afternoon...but don't tell their mom..haha....I have never seen them so interested...their little eye...well...they become very large eyes...haha...they do not take the eyes away...they love it too!
    The color is bold, bright and beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My fav movie of all time....

    ...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!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wizard of Oz Collectors Edition

    This is a very nice edition to your collection of Wizard of Oz. I bought the blu-ray dvd. I have a blu-ray, but unless you have an hdtv, there is no difference in the screen. There are nice things in the collection. I did not know John Ritter did a movie on L.Frank Baum. There is a lot of stuff on the dvd's. I could not get the digital cd rom to work on my computer. That's the only thing that was a bummer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    A classic! A must see for everyone!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A new generation of fans captured!

    One of the best films of all time, the limited edition box set is fabulous. The book was fascinating to read and the collectible watch exceptionally nice. Watching the DVD was like visiting old friends.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wizard of Oz

    All time favorite, I bought it so my 4 year old daghter could see it she also loved it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Classic Epic Movie, Even Better!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wizard of Oz Fan

    It made a good gift. She was thrilled.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Timeless Treasure!

    1939 was a magical year for film making in Hollywood with the Wizard of Oz being one of those special films. This film is a classic that is adored by children and appreciated by adults who have seen it time and again. It has every element a great film should: an entertaining story, marvelous actors, drama, a dash of comedy, some musical interludes to drive the narrative, colorful sets, beautiful costumes, phenomenal make-up, and innovative special effects. We dream with Dorothy for all that lies beyond the rainbow and we champion for her return home back to Kansas. It's a marvelously delicious journey down the yellow brick road with characters that are old friends that we never tire of seeing. This film is a classic because it is timeless and no matter your age, watching it always makes you feel young at heart. Happy 70th anniversary to a film that has endured the test of time and continues to delight a new legion of fans every year!

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