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“Essential to any Ozophile’s collection…Scarfone and Stillman have brought as many new finds and hitherto unseen treats as possible to the pages of this retrospective.” (Book Reviews by David Marshall James)

“The coffee table book offers a treasure trove of images, including startling photos of Judy Garland testing multiple wigs in various styles and colors-including cascading blonde locks.” (Variety)

“The rare photos and new information in the book are worth the price of the book alone. Well done to Stillman and Scarfone!” (The Royal Blog of OZ)

“Dedicated millions will find much to tickle them in The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, which compliments Scarfone and Stillman’s storytelling with artifacts from Turner Entertainment’s Oz archives.” (Psychobabble)

“It’s a gorgeous tome that celebrates a gorgeous film.” (The Examiner)

“Take a trip down Memory Lane as Dorothy...and the entire cast and crew of the film join you on your journey complete with interesting insights, little known facts and fascinating text.” (Collector's Corner)

“The wealth of knowledge and historical significance this volume contains is unprecedented.” (Lez Get Real)

“Wonderful. Fantastic. Brilliant. Gorgeous… this is by far the book to get this year or any year. It’s the perfect holiday gift, birthday gift, or gift for any occasion. Oz fans, Garland fans, MGM fans, musicals fans, and so on, will enjoy this book for years to come.” (Judy Garland News)

“Filled with behind-the-scenes facts and photos (Judy Garland in a soon-to-be-nixed blonde wig!), the film’s 75th-anniversary compendium is a must-have for fans.” (People magazine)

“Jump over the rainbow with inside stories from the classic film.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Sure to satisfy diehard fans as well as newbies….as it stands today, this book is the best tangible access to Oz goodies on print.” (PopMatters)

“Honoring the film’s 75th anniversary, William Stillman and Jay Scarfone pull out all the stops for this expansive and well-made official tome.” (Parade.com)

“Beautifully designed with an array of film stills, Technicolor test frames, rare artwork and photography...this collectible edition provides an unrivaled glimpse at the land where dreams come true.” (Turner Classic Movies)

“The most exciting discoveries in this anniversary companion are the visual elements...Their Anniversary Companion is reverent yet fun, and the determination to scrounge up some new material for die-hard Oz fans is admirable.” (The Baum Bugle)

From the Back Cover

Commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, this collectible edition delivers an interactive experience, transporting readers over the rainbow and into the Land of Oz with its host of unpublished artwork, behind-the-scenes stories from the stars, and removable special features.

Open the door to the Land of Oz and travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her companions on the journey of a lifetime. Learn the filmmaking tricks and techniques behind the film's realistic tornado, why Dorothy's shoes were ruby-colored, and how the filmmakers got a fleet of Winged Monkeys to fly. Authors Jay Scarfone and William Stillman reveal filmmaking secrets and information on everything from the film's pre- and postproduction to early reviews and publicity to never-before-published stories from the cast and crew, making it the definitive book on the subject. Beautifully designed with an array of film stills, Technicolor™ test frames, rare artwork and photography, and costume and set illustrations, this collectible edition provides an unrivaled glimpse at the land where dreams come true.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Nov edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062278010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062278012
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By CSH on November 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I have been collecting Oz memorabilia and books for 25 years. This is one of the best, if not the best, Oz book I have seen on the market. Both authors are known Oz enthusiasts and collectors and their love and devotion to the film comes through the entire book. The narrative is very informative and an easy read about the making of this film classic, but what really makes this book stand out are the pictures! The book is a pure visual delight with the inclusion of so many rarely seen or previously unknown photos taken during the making of the movie. I found myself leafing through the pages to see what new, never-before-seen image would excite me next and make me want to see the movie again. This book is a true treasure and belongs on the book shelf of any Oz fan, young or old. I highly recommend this book -- you will not be disappointed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MFLOZ on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Being a long time Wizard of Oz collector I couldn't wait for this book to be released! These two authors have lived up, once again, to produce yet another great book for all of us who love The Wizard of Oz to delight in. The book has wonderful photos and really takes you into the movie! I love how it covers the film with the information that we as collector's want to see instead of boring the reader with trivial facts that don't add anything to the enjoyment of a true fan of Oz. It gives a wonderful overview of this great American Film Classic through words and photos! This book is a refreshing look at the movie, something new for us Oz collectors. It's fresh and put together to flow from page one to the end without losing your interest. Unlike other 75th. Anniversary books that are nothing but a re print of previous releases with very few things added to the new book. This Anniversary book is the one to have on your shelf if you love Oz and the memories the film brings back. It's a book I'll read and look at many times and I'm very happy to have it included in my Oz collection of 47 years!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karen Owens on November 5, 2013
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I have been waiting all year for this book release. Fantastic from cover to cover..... and filled with so many extras that were not expected.Copies of the Coroners Certificate of Death, copies of old newspapers, lobby cards, newspaper advertisements, bookmark, photos and more... I can hardly put it down and will do another complete review but thus far ..... fantastic
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Tarman on November 1, 2013
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This book meets and exceeds expectations. The inviting layout is a visual delight with excellent captions describing illustrations. The text is presented with meticulous detail and flows smoothly from one subject to the next. It is apparent the authors have researched this subject to perfection. So much new material is presented. I had to temper my haste in wanting to finish the book to keep from missing the moment. I am not an avid WOO fan but I can appreciate the scholarship and information presented. I plan to watch the movie again soon to relate what I have just read compared to what I see on the screen. Thanks to the authors for honoring the 75th Oz anniversary with this outstanding tribute.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Armand Di Scenna on November 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Actually, it's Kathy Di Scenna writing this review. Just bought "The Wizard of Oz -The Official 75th Anniversary Companion" book while I was in at a Wizard of Oz gathering in Chicago. Before I even opened the book, it's appearance was very inviting to me. No confusing patterns, just simple and elegant. My surprise came as I opened the book. Clear and pristine photographs from so many years ago, they look like they were just taken. The layout of the book is easy to follow and comforting to the eyes. The content was very informative and not over taxing to read. There are many books out there about the 75th Ann. of the MGM movie. They, too, are wonderful. But this one is a must have to put into your Oz library collection.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 14, 2013
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Wonderful collection of Oz memorabilia. Every Oz collector should have this book in their library! Has a surprise package in the back of book with exciting Oz stuff! Contains a lot of behind-the-scenes information. Well worth the money!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Hudson on November 18, 2013
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Superb! The authors have shown us what true devotion they have to the film, its characters, and the real-life people who played those characters. Most of us are drawn back to the memories of childhood where movies like Oz took us from reality to fantasy in just a few moments on those special holidays. But now as adults we can see how the movie came together and how the actors developed into those characters through this book. Enough cannot be said about the collection of photos from this book, every page has a story with unique photos of the cast and even Baum himself. A true work of art! Bravo to the authors and let's thank them for continuing to provide us with all the magic of this great piece of American film history!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Denise on November 4, 2013
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I found this book while doing research months and months ago about the anniversary of the "Wizard of Oz" for my place of business. It had not even been published at that time, but I knew it would be something special. I work with seniors at C. C. Young in Dallas. I received my copy of the book just the other day. It is beautiful and has so much to read, but it also contains lovely pictures, too. In the back, it has a neat pocket full of extras that you can display and post on your walls. The book will be a fantastic holiday gift for anyone young or old!
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