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The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
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The 2009 Wizard of Oz Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has the sharp 2005 restoration using Warner's Ultra Resolution process and an accompanying featurette on how it's done. The technicians also discuss how the sound was remixed, though that would have been more effective had it included surround-sound demonstrations (the featurette is in 2.0). Other features include a commentary track by critic John Fricke supplemented by vintage cast interviews (he offers a lot of trivia, and debunks the myth that Shirley Temple was ever close to getting the Dorothy role); profiles of nine cast members and clips of other movies they appeared in (including Toto); a lightly animated 10-minute storybook narrated by Angela Lansbury; and the original mono track and a music-and-effects track. New for 2009 is a sing-along track that you can turn on as you watch the movie or you can select from 10 numbers to sing along with karaoke-style subtitles. The second disc has the Lansbury-hosted documentary The Making of a Movie Classic; outtakes and deleted scenes, including Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" reprise and the home-movie recording of "The Jitterbug"; sketches and stills and composer Harold Arlen's home movies; audio underscores and radio programs; 1979 interviews with Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, and Jack Haley; 2001 and 2005 behind-the-scenes featurettes; a 1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast; and other items too numerous to mention. --David Horiuchi
Top Customer Reviews
The DVD extras are a mind-boggling embarrassment of riches. The "Making Of" documentary hosted by the incomparable Angela Lansbury is worth the price of the DVD alone, but there's so much more: an international poster gallery, interviews with cast members, deleted scenes, production stills, radio clips, etc, etc. There's enough material to keep even the most casual viewer fascinated for hours, and a true Oz buff will be occupied for days!
If you only bought a DVD player to watch this one disc, it would well be worth the expense. Treat yourself, and fall in love with this classic film again ... for the first time.
I just got the Blu-ray, and will have some comments on it at the end.
There's no need to discuss "The Wizard of Oz" itself, a classic among classics (though I'll have something to say about its "philosophy" later on). You probably want to know whether the UltraResolution transfer justifies the purchase.
It does. Oh, yes it does.
"The Wizard of Oz" has always looked good, one of the better Technicolor films. Unlike "Gone With the Wind", which was generally dark and desaturated, and which UltraResolution greatly improved, I didn't expect much enhancement for "Oz".
Was I ever wrong. I stared with my jaw hanging open. "Oz" is the best UltraResolution transfer by far -- and the others were not exactly chopped liver.
The improvement in detail and sharpness is startling, especially as the original prints did not seem obviously lacking in either. Even more amazing is the expansion of the tonal scale. Dark scenes (particularly those in the forest and outside the "witches" castle) are now filled with rich detail. Have you ever noticed how beautiful the Winkies' red, white, and gray uniforms are? I hadn't -- until now.
These enhancements combine to produce the biggest improvement of all -- a major revelation of _texture_. The "feltiness" of many costumes is obvious. The burlap of the Scarecrow's face is now plainly visible, particularly in the close-up where he misstates the Pythagorean Theorem.Read more ›
THE WIZARD OF OZ 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (4-Disc DVD Set or 2-Disc Blu-ray Set)
Also available in 2-Disc DVD Special Edition
(or 1-Disc Blu-ray)(CONTENTS BELOW)
Warner Home Video celebrates the beloved classic with spectacular new DVD or Blu-ray version, September 29, featuring 16 hours of enhanced content (four of which are brand new) -- includes New Documentaries, Featurettes, a Sing-Along Track and Extraordinary Collectibles!
Burbank, CA -- It is difficult to imagine a motion picture more magical and more wonderful than Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's beloved and classic 1939 musical, The Wizard of Oz. Over the last seven decades, the film has indelibly woven itself into America's cultural consciousness: Is there anyone who doesn't immediately think of the film upon hearing the words, "Dorothy," "Toto," "Emerald City," "Ruby Slippers" and "Yellow Brick Road" -- or the lines to the song "Over the Rainbow?"
Now, the colorful characters and unforgettable songs of Oz come alive as never before when Warner Home Video brings this cinematic treasure into the digital age with the September 29 Blu-ray release of The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. The commemorative edition contains nearly 4 hours of all-new and never-before-available bonus features and is housed in numbered collectible packaging, and will be available for a limited time only for $69.92 SRP (DVD) and $84.99 SRP (Blu-ray Hi-Def).
In order to bring all the visual splendor of The Wizard of Oz to the Hi-Def world of Blu-ray Disc, the film has been entirely remastered, with each of the original Technicolor camera negatives scanned using 8K resolution.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would not play.. Would not even begin to load. Only Blu ray i have ever had that did this... Complete garbage copy. I returned it for refund. And yes my firmware is up to date.Published 6 hours ago by kchercmech
Nothing beats the Wizard of Oz for me. Especially, my favorite character the Cowardly Lion.Published 1 day ago by SHOE FETISH 2
Bought this for the kids to watch. They enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a kid. The DVD worked fine and this is an excellent 2-disc set.Published 4 days ago by Kam14
Can't believer that I never had this in my DVD collection. Timeless classic.Published 4 days ago by David
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|Disc 3: The Dreamer of Oz...lousy transfer!||
Just an FYI, Warner Bros. Records (Madonna's label) and Warner Bros. Studios/Turner (the distributor of WoZ for the past several years) are 2 totally separate companies that do not have anything to do with one another. Warner Bros. Studios/Turner is under TimeWarner and the record label is a... Read More
Oct 2, 2009 by JGC | See all 19 posts
|Amazon, please stop moving the DVD reviews to Blu-Ray releases||
I was just wondering how people were raving about the quality of this release when it was just announced. I agree this is not just unhelpful, it's dishonest. Perhaps they should have general reviews about the movie, but specific reviews should stay with each specific product!
Mar 15, 2009 by Phredd | See all 15 posts
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The copy with the light-colored box was released in September 2009 and the green box came out in March 2010. The movie seems to be exactly the same print on both version, but the extras are what make the difference. To help you decide which is the best version for you, here are the specs for... Read More
Nov 28, 2010 by Hawkeye & Cora | See all 5 posts
|$19.99 Blu-ray @ Walmart...||
The sticker on the cover of the Wal-Mart Blu-ray states: "Over 2 Hours of All-New Bonus Content: Documentary on director Victor Fleming, Dreamer of OZ TV Special, and Munchkin featurette!" None of the above are included on the single $19.98 Blu-ray disc. I understand this material is on... Read More
Oct 6, 2009 by E. Hunter Hale | See all 2 posts
Butchering a film shot in 1.33:1 to impose an artificial widescreen format is going to make someone happy?!
Sep 12, 2009 by MacGuffin | See all 15 posts
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