The Wizard of Oz [Blu-ray]
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Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion; Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch.
The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars® -- Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Ms. Garland.
Knowing that it was made without a single computer, and entirely by human ingenuity, makes it all the more worthy of marveling at, 75 years and an added dimension later. --Toronto Star, Peter Howell
The greatest American movie fantasy. --Orange County Register, Michael Sragow
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We’re Off to See the Wizard!
One of the best-loved movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz is the heartwarming tale of a young Kansas girl, Dorothy Gale, and her little dog, Toto, who are whisked away by a violent twister to the magical land of Oz. Accompanied by her new-found friends — a brainless scarecrow, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion — she sets off down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to find the wizard who can help her get back home.
During filming, Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset device to make her appear younger and flat chested.
As part of Ray Bolger’s makeup, he wore a rubber mask with a woven pattern to suggest cloth. By the time the film was finished, the mask had left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to fade away.
Bert Lahr’s costume was made from a real lion skin and weighed 90 pounds.
“Over the Rainbow” is number one on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 movie songs of all time.
The Wizard of Oz is number six on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest films of all time.
The song “Over the Rainbow” was nearly cut from the film because the studio thought that it made the Kansas segment too long and that it was degrading for Judy Garland to sing in a barnyard.
The ruby slippers worn by Dorothy are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution.
A Timeless Musical Fantasy
- Based on the classic children’s books by Frank L. Baum
- Digitally re-mastered edition delivers breathtaking color and detail
- Special 75th Anniversary Edition contains over two hours of bonus material, including an all-new feature-length documentary
- Available as a two-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray 3D version
Meet the Cast
Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland)
When her little dog is threatened, Dorothy decides to run away from home to save him. Thanks to a terrible storm, she ends up traveling much farther than she planned.
Hunk/The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)
The Scarecrow thinks he’s not very bright because he doesn’t have a brain. Dorothy suggests maybe the wizard could help him, so he joins her on her journey
Hickory/The Tin Man (Jack Haley)
Dorothy finds the Tin Man, rusted stiff, on her way to the Emerald City. She invites him to come along to see if the wizard can give him the heart he wants.
Zeke/The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr)
The Cowardly Lion first accosts Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man in a dark forest. They quickly realize he’s a just fearful lion, desperately in need of courage.
Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)
The Wicked Witch holds Dorothy responsible for killing her sister. She’s determined to reclaim her sister’s ruby slippers, which have been given to the young girl by Glinda.
Glinda the Good Witch (Billie Burke)
Glinda appears to Dorothy when she first arrives in the land of Oz. Glinda tells the young girl about the wizard who lives in the Emerald City and gives her a pair of ruby slippers to protect her on her journey.
Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan)
A fast-talking salesman with no magical skills at all, Professor Marvel ends up in Oz in a hot air balloon blown astray. Because of his sudden appearance, the people of Oz assume he’s a wizard and make him their leader.
Auntie Em (Clara Blandick)
A hardworking, careworn woman, Auntie Em and her husband are raising the orphaned Dorothy on their Kansas farm. She is in anguish when Dorothy runs away.
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
I loved it as a kid, and I love it now ... will probably buy more for my great-grand kids to enjoy ... perhaps for Christmas ... the first American fairy tale! Read morePublished 16 hours ago by mycrossfire
A constant classic that I will never regret knowing all the words too.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I love this movie and always will! It is a wonderful family movie.Published 1 day ago by Starduzter
This is THE deluxe collectors edition that every fan of The Wizard Of Oz should have.Published 2 days ago by Ruben Iglesias
awesome remake of this movie
very enjoyable and colorful
all ages strongly recommended
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