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3.0 out of 5 stars BOXSET EXTRAS ANNOUNCED, June 10, 2009
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This review is from: The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) (DVD)
There's going to be three editions, a 2-disc DVD, a 4-disc DVD Collector's Edition, and the Blu-Ray Edition.

Disc 1 of the DVD contains everything the 2005 contained, plus a sing along feature (which, IMO, will probably be pretty useless, seeing as you could probably get the same thing by watching the movie with subtitles).
(The following is what was on the 2005 edition)
· Audio Commentary hosted by John Fricke with archival audio interviews
· The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook
· Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz
· We Haven't Really Met Properly
· Music and Effects Track
· Original Mono Track

Disc 2 is exactly the same as Disc 2 of the 2005 edition.
· The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic [1990 TV special]
· Memories of Oz [2001 TCM documentary]
· The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz
· Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz
· Harold Arlen's Home Movies
· Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
· It's a Twister! It's a Twister! The Tornado Tests
· "Off to See the Wizard" Clips
· 3 Vault Shorts
· Audio Jukebox Selection
· Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
· Good News of 1939 Radio Show
· 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
· Still Galleries
· Six Theatrical Trailers

Discs 3 & 4 is where new content finally turns up:

Disc 3's probably most-awaited feature is:
- the 1990 movie "The Dreamer of Oz," based on the life of Oz author and creator L. Frank Baum.

-Also a new feature is "Victor Fleming: Master Craftsman," a documentary about the director whose name appears on the movie. (Albeit not the only director...)

-"Celebrating Hollywood's Biggest Little Stars," a featurette about the midgets who portrayed the Munchkins, culminating with their receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

-Ported over from the 2005 DVD for this one is "L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind The Curtain," a short documentary that might get a little muddled in it's presentation, but is much more factual than "The Dreamer of Oz."

-There is also the 1910 silent movie "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," and the 1933 cartoon "The Wizard of Oz."

Disc 4 contains the other Oz silent movies.
-It's noted that "The Magic Cloak of Oz" (1914) will contain footage that has not been available on home video.

-The disc will also contain "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" from 1914, which was not on the 2005 DVD.

-So, directly ported over from Disc 3 of the 2005 is "His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz" (1914),

-and the 1925 "Wizard of Oz" silent movie.

The press release says "Blu-ray Hi-Def will have Discs 1 & 2 and Discs 3 & 4 combined," so don't expect the special features to be remastered in HD.

Also, exclusive to the Blu-Ray is a documentary called "MGM: When The Lion Roars."

And yeah, a "Digital Copy" will either be on one of the DVDs or on a bonus DVD-ROM.

And like the 2005 edition, actual print material and other physical items will be with the Collector's Editions:
· Collectible and numbered 70th Anniversary Wizard of Oz watch with genuine crystals
· Replica of the original film budget
· Behind the Curtain, A 52-page, coffee-table book
· Reproduction of the original 1939 campaign book

(This doesn't sound like it's going to contain the print materials from the 2005 DVD set. Those were reproductions of the premiere program, ticket, invitation, the issue of MGM studio news that featured "The Wizard of Oz," a Photoplay Studies Guide about the movie, reproductions of publicity photographs, and postcard-sized card that showed tiny versions of publicity posters.)

The release date for the sets is listed as September 29.

So, yeah, there's a bit of an upgrade from the 2005 edition, though I suspect casual movie fans might skip the DVD, unless they want "The Dreamer of Oz" and the bonus non-DVD goodies. (Me, I'm interested in the new version of "The Magic Cloak of Oz.") Oz collectors will probably get it and also hang on to the 2005 set. (MANY Oz fans have many copies of the movie on VHS, DVD, and laserdisc.)

People who are in to Blu-Ray will be glad that the Blu-Ray didn't skip anything from the old DVDs, though I doubt the one Blu-Ray-exclusive special feature will make people want to jump over to the new format.

CREDIT: jadarchives @ imdb
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2009 7:54:29 PM PDT
J. Davis says:
Hey! You took my report! But at least you credited me... Thanks. (I also posted it on my blog here: http://newwwoz.blogspot.com/2009/06/new-oz-dvd.html )

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 4:43:38 PM PDT
Chuck E says:
Ive always been wishing that they would put the scarecrows extended dance sequence directly into the movie but thats probably never gonna happen..

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2009 2:09:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2009 2:10:34 PM PDT
Groover says:
Thanks a million for all this info, Jared.
Now I know exactly what the new version contains and when it will be released.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 11:07:33 AM PDT
Thanks for posting Jared's info. You state that there will be a 2 & 4 disc release, AMAZON says that this is a 5 disc collection and there is no information for this 5 disc release. Maybe it will contain Scarecrow's extended dance sequence. Until I can see everything that will be on all 5 discs I cannot justift spending $45.00 on another OZ release.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2009 6:06:33 AM PDT
J. Davis says:
Anne, photos of the set have been released, showing only four discs. I'm guessing that a fifth disc will contain the digital copy.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 9:59:38 AM PDT
There's talk of a 2-disc standard-DVD release, MSRP $24.98, but I have yet to see a link to that specific item. The 2-disc is supposed to be the first two discs of the 4-disc set, which, for the reduced price, is fine by me. Will Amazon be selling the 2-disc, or is that going to be more of a limited-time brick-and-mortar exclusive?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 12:39:03 AM PST
Pepper says:
Thank you for the extremely helpful review. If we depended on Amazon to tell us what exactly they are selling, we'd never know. When it comes to things like this, they don't deserve our business. You did great. Amazon should give you a check for your efforts!

Posted on May 30, 2013 12:30:29 AM PDT
Mary54 says:
Your commentary made absolutely no sense whatsoever!!!
You kept jumping around with your negative feedback.
I don't think anyone really knows what they'll be getting if they order this!!
For one thing, is "The Wizard of Oz" movie included at all or is this DVD just a lot of shorts that you're not interested in? Personally, I don't think you're the type of person that would be pleased with anything!!! I sure hope you can somehow find peace and tolerance in your life, you're certainly going to need it, especially if you're young. If you're older, I feel sorry for you, that means you've probably been negative all of your life and there's no hope for you!!
Movies are supposed to help you chill and relax. Good luck with that!! From someone that learned life is too short to sweat the small stuff!!!

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 9:57:18 AM PDT
Is this a 2 disc edition - a Blu Ray and another disc 3D or is it 1 disc for a 3D Blu Ray?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 12:59:54 PM PDT
Brian says:
Perhaps MGM some day will find the cut song The Jitterbug.I have the 78 RPM Decca version of Over The Rainbow.Guess whats on the B SIde.Yes,you would be right.The Jitterbug.The record must have come out before The Jitterbug was cut and lost.(Or So They Say)
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