The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Fleming Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2019
UPC: 0883929536511
Original Release: 1939
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Format: Blu-ray
Sales rank: 3,105

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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The Wizard of Oz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Stanley More than 1 year ago
like Wiz of Oz good but like Cheese Wiz better. Me get hungry too much I guess!
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!!!
triplelamda More than 1 year ago
This movie is fun, creative, imaginiative, and great for the whole family to watch! Trust me parents children will love this awesome funny movie.
southern-lady-in-md More than 1 year ago
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!
BeYourOwnReason More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie is a shared movie many of us have. Contrary to what has been written above, the point of the story is that what they thought they wanted, they already had. (I.E. Scarecrow is really VERY smart.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Wizard of Oz' is simply one of Hollywood's finest movies. The story is simple yet enchanting, The songs are fun and memorable, the casting is superb. Judy Garland is wonderfully natural as Dorothy, a little farm girl transported to the Land of Oz. Her 3 traveling companions (the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion) are each feeling inadequate. Through their friendship with Dorothy they learn to help one another and overcome obstacles (including the wicked witch--played to perfection by Margaret Hamilton). This film is a MUST SEE. Children and adults will both enjoy it (though the wicked witch may be too scary for children under 5). No home film library is complete without this one! So, go ahead, gather the kids, pop some pop-corn and sit back and enjoy a movie made when Hollywood cared to give us its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This package is GREAT! Inside it contains photo stills of the movie, adds, and other great Wizard Of Oz Fun!
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
The Wizard of Oz is without question in a class by itself in U.S. film history. Judy Garland gives a truly phenomenal performance as well as the stars around her. The songs are timeless and the scenery still creates magic when viewed. The Wizard of Oz is almost 70 years old and has stood the test of time. No matter how long it is around, it is THE best.
Diane_B_from_MA More than 1 year ago
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.
ticktockNS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic! A must see for everyone!
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.
agaby More than 1 year ago
All time favorite, I bought it so my 4 year old daghter could see it she also loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best movies i have ever seen. l. frank was a genius. its a classic
seafarer More than 1 year ago
It made a good gift. She was thrilled.
PeterHeimsoth More than 1 year ago
There is very little I can add to all the praise and accolades given in the 111 reviews before mine except to say that MGM's "The Wizard of Oz" is my favorite movie of all time with the best assemblage of people at just the right times in their respective careers to ever put a film together, and that's bar none. As a child, and even as an adult, my favorite character is the Cowardly Lion, masterfully realized by Bert Lahr. Everyone is just perfect in their roles, from Margaret Hamilton cackling her way through the sinister role of the Wicked Witch of the West to Frank Morgan and his superbly-delivered five roles (Professor Marvel, the Guardian of the Gates, the Cabbie, Soldier Omby Amby, and the Wizard himself), to the shimmering, heart-melting Judy Garland as the always-engaging Dorothy Gale. Ray Bolger's dancing as the Scarecrow is a marvel, and it's hard to believe that Jack Haley was a late-hour recast, considering that many people, including myself, consider his portrayal of Nick Chopper (the Tin Woodman's real name) to be definitive. I would like to address a couple of inaccuracies in the Overview presented here. First of all, Judy Garland was always producer Mervyn LeRoy's one and only choice to play Dorothy Gale; Shirley Temple was considered by other people at MGM, but it never got beyond talk. If Garland had been unavailable, LeRoy would probably have asked Deanna Durbin. Also, Buddy Ebsen did not have an allergic reaction to any "chemicals." He had a bronchial condition which was aggravated by the aluminum powder with which his face was dusted. The particles coated his lungs and required him to be put in hospital for several weeks. By the time Jack Haley took on the role, the make-up had been reformulated from an aluminum powder to an aluminum paste (Haley had his own woes even with that, developing an eye infection, but nothing that knocked him off the project). At the same time, I was impressed that the person who wrote the Overview knows that there had been two earlier feature films of "Wizard," both produced during the Silent Era, the first being released in 1910 and the second in 1925. The latter film veered off wildly from L. Frank Baum's narrative, with its 19 year-old Dorothy who was revealed to be the Crown Princess of Oz, but it also included elements that made their way (by chance or design) into the MGM film, including three farmhands who turn up in Oz as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion (though in this case they only disguised themselves as such), and the whole thing being a little girl's dream. The 1925 "Wizard" is also noteworthy for having among its cast, as the Tin Woodman, a rising comic actor named Oliver Hardy.
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