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One of the best films of all time has never looked better! Absolutely incredible and jaw dropping 3D conversion that in no way seems like a cheap ploy to get fans to buy another version of this timeless film. The steelbook alone would make it worth the purchase, but the 3D work done is second to none, and is as of now my absolute favorite 3D conversation that I have ever seen. If you have a 3D setup (and you hopefully do!), then this is a must own.
I've been watching this movie since the 1950s, on TV, when all we had was a tiny maybe 10 x 10" screen and the whole thing was black and white. This was my mother's favorite movie. Every year she would make a huge turkey roaster full of buttered popcorn, the lid and the pan full, and we had to endure all the commercials. We all sat on the floor watching. I got to see this film on a huge screen once at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood - what a treat. (Got to see GONE WITH THE WIND there, too.) I own the DVD because it is one of my most favorites.
As another person mentioned I am certain these are used and not new. First one I got the 3D disc was cracked and the case had a cut in it like from a box knife. I returned that as damaged and ordered a 2nd one. Same cut in the same spot on the case. However the discs were fine. I did complain to Amazon about this and received a $10 credit. Now as far as this 3D version, very disappointing and NOT worth the money. Very few scenes do you even notice it. It is also not widescreen, but the tv formated version. My dvd version I got a few years ago is 100 times better quality than this. I am going to try and return this also.
We just watched This DVD. It’s crystal clear. Check what you’re purchasing to make sure if it’s Blue-Ray, wide screen, or a regular screen. It matters if you want to enjoy it the way that it was meant to be. If you don’t buy a wide screen, and you change the screen ratio on your TV, you’ll cut off portions of the scenery, and characters’ heads too. This is a classic worth owning!
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” claims Dorothy Gale as she explores her new world of lively color in the Land of Oz. The film The Wizard of Oz, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, released in movie theaters in 1939 and nominated for an Oscar Award for Best Cinematography and Color (The Internet Movie Database).The famous musical tells a story of a young girl Dorothy who gets lost in the Land of Oz and travels long and far to the Emerald City. At the Emerald City, she finds the Wizard of Oz, who she hopes will help her get back home to Kansas. On her journey she befriends the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion; at the same time, she must also avoid the Wicked Witch of the West who tries to take Dorothy’s enchanted ruby slippers. The Wizard of Oz has a unique characteristic in that it was one of the first films to include Technicolor (The Internet Movie Database). Transitioning into colored films became an important event in film history. The movie industry now had the technology capable of filming in sound and color, which dynamically influences a movie.
The Wizard of Oz contains many colorful items that play key roles in the film: the yellow brick road, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and the Emerald City. One might find it intriguing to learn that since the idea of Technicolor has been applied, certain colors symbolize important ideas. Although many viewers enjoy watching The Wizard of Oz and may think nothing more of it but as a mere fairy tale classic, the use of Technicolor conveyed many aspects about American history in the early 1900s including racial issues, economic issues, and political issues.
Colors were used as a technique to represent social classes or certain races. Once Dorothy steps out of her house after the twister, she stares in awe at the vibrant colors of Munchkinland. These colors help the audience to determine the protagonist and antagonists. For instance, the Wicked Witch of the West and her Winkies, the guardians of the castle, have green skin, unlike those who appear to be human like Dorothy. The differences in color tie to the “public discourse on race in 1900” (Ritter 173). These references to racial disputes reflected the times in the early 1900s, or post Civil War. While recovering from the Civil War, many former African American slaves struggled to continue living their lives now that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation has been established.
They had the opportunity to find jobs, but still had difficulty merging with the white community. Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and incorporated racial (social) issues at that certain point in time in order to point out that there existed a segregated culture. Historians refer to the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century as the Gilded Age, an era which featured concerns about social change (190).The movie depicts the differences among the groups of characters and displays how they do not cooperate well together. Another example of utilizing color to express a change in social class is coloring the Emerald City. As Dorothy and her friends trot along the yellow brick road, the film captures the Emerald City’s elegant, resplendent towers from afar; the city itself has magnificent structures radiant in green splendor. Baum associates the people of the Emerald City as well as the Wizard of Oz with the color “wealthy green . . . [as] . . . selfish, stingy, and false,” (184) which in the end, the Wizard proves to be when he does not keep his promise to help Dorothy and her newfound friends. The reference to green does not indicate that a certain race is selfish; rather, it exemplifies the idea that at this time in history, serious turmoil existed between different cultures and races. Overall, color orientation enables the audience to understand relationships among the characters.
The film also uses Technicolor to recognize the economic crisis occurring during the late nineteenth century, referred to as the Gilded Age and during America’s Great Depression. In the beginning and end of the motion picture, Dorothy is back home in Kansas, where the setting is set in a bronze, sepia color, unlike the Land of Oz, containing all the colors of the rainbow. The overall look of Kansas is “bleak. . . [including] . . . the house, people, and prairie . . .[which] . . . are all ‘dull and gray’” (177). The dramatic contrast in colors between Kansas and the Land of Oz shows how dismal and depressed the residents of Kansas felt while suffering from the poor economy; this represents the dismay many farmers experienced in the United States during the early 1900s. In the film, Dorothy comes from Kansas, where there reside clusters of independent farmers. Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, the “cusp between the decline of Populism and producerism and the rise of consumerism and corporate liberalism” (198). At this time, many farmers created labor movements due to devastating droughts (198). In 1939, “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer brought the Oz tale to screen in vivid color . . . [while] . . . the nation was recuperating from the depression and preparing itself for the challenge of World War II” (199). Color made an impact on the audience in that it inspired them to regain hope that “[America] would emerge, as Dorothy did, stronger for the difficulties they faced and overcame” (199). In the movie, transitioning from black and white to bright colors allows the audience to relate to Dorothy.
The black and white setting represents America during the Great Depression. When Dorothy, representing the common people, is in the Land of Oz, she overcomes her obstacles, which represents America overcoming World War II. The use of color gives off a sense of optimism for the audience about the troubles that lay ahead.
Many noticeable items in the movie play a key role in Dorothy’s journey, but also correspond to important political ideas. In fact, “The economic and political tumult of the 1880s and 1890s was reflected in competing cultural understandings of American society” (198). Glinda, the Witch of the North, explains to Dorothy that the Wizard of Oz can help her find her way home to Kansas. In order to reach the Wizard of Oz, she must follow the yellow brick road that leads her to the Emerald City, found in the center of the Land of Oz. The yellow brick road symbolizes the gold standard, the current form of currency (Rockoff 746). Many financial reformers “criticized the gold standard and the National Banking System [. . .] for favoring industrial over agricultural development” (191).
Many have analyzed both the movie and book and have interpreted it as a monetary allegory about Populists (Hansen 254). Dorothy represents the Populist Party, while the yellow brick road that leads to the Emerald City signifies Washington, D.C., “controlled by the ‘Money Power’ and gold traders” (Ritter 194). Even though the yellow brick road shows Dorothy the way to the Wizard, she still does not find her solution of returning home when she arrives. Very much like a moment in history, this event correlates to the decline of the Populists who cried out to government in dire need for help with crops and farmland. For example, a group of “unemployed men, suffering under the economic depression of the 1890s, [. . .] marched from Ohio to Washington to demand work and relief, but [. . .] were dispersed rather than rewarded” (183). Dorothy’s journey and this small group of men are alike in that both parties sought for help, but never initially received any. In the Emerald City, the significance of the color green relates to greenbacks, or paper money, which many people of the United States referred to as “a form of false value” (184). This color coding can also relate back to the Wizard.
The Wizard of Oz provides important historical references that took place in the United States of America. The movie allows us to escape from reality and discover somewhere over the rainbow a fantasy dreamland where adventure and excitement await us. The magic of The Wizard of Oz has an indelible memory to all ages, throughout the ages. As one of the most notable films in pop culture, the motion picture has obtained many outstanding awards thanks to an unforgettable cast and crew. Not only does the film remain a Hollywood classic, but it serves as historical documentation. As technology has progressed throughout time, the film has used the latest advances of Technicolor to produce a meaningful piece of artwork embedded with racial, economic, and political references. No matter what type of audience views the movie, each individual can relate to the idea that despite ongoing conflicts, “there’s no place like home.”
A very long time ago when the movie was new, my brothers and I wound up reading every OZ book in the town library because of the "Wizard of OZ" movie - and the impression it made on us. When the 75th anniversary edition came out with a 3D included in the collection I was skeptical but wanted to see if it was real. IT IS. Since then I have been sending it to people who knew it as children as well as our children.
I purchased the Emerald City cover version of this DVD to replace my old VHS version and can'take say I am at all disappointed. The colors, once in OZ, are vivid and much better than I remembered. This film is a well loved classic for a variety of reasons. Wonderful music and fabulous character acting done by Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Scarecrow and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West and Mrs Gulch. If one has never seen this movie before, or even if one has, it is well worth going over the rainbow. Though I for one would be reluctant to come back.
What to say about this classic movie that so many of us have grown up with? We all know the story of how young Dorothy travels to the Land of Oz via a tornado that hits her home farm. Once there, she discovers that she has inadvertently killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and the witch's sister vows revenge. In order to escape the witch and find her way home, Dorothy sets out to the Emerald City to consult the great Wizard of Oz. On her way, she teams up with some unlikely friends, which include a talking scarecrow, a woodsman made of tin, and a lion whose courage has given out on him. This is the movie that made Judy Garland a legend, and put the song "Over the Rainbow" into the American lexicon. There have been many stories put out about events behind the scenes of the film in the last few years, some of them not so rosy, but the film itself is and remains a cinema classic. Even today, its sets, music, and characters still hold their charm.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2014
The Wizard of Oz is one of Hollywood's most loved and enduring films. It is so well known that there is little I can add here except to say that this new 3D DVD release is absolutely astonishing and remarkable. One can view this film now with amazing clarity, steadiness and realism never before available. This 3D venture bodes highly for future classic Hollywood releases. One must congratulate the team for giving to us an old classic in truly modern form so we can see it afresh. 10 out of 10!
5.0 out of 5 starsgreat Video, a classic and must for my christmas ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2018
great Video,a classic and must for my christmas to be complete.you just have to follow the yellow brick rd into a world of magic and become a child again even if its only for a few hours.Its got some great extra features aswell and a documentary .very good value and ram packed with munchkins.
Bought the dvd for a 7 year old who'd just seen the play with school. She always gets scared when watching the witch , but she can't be that scared as she's. Or should I say 'we've' watched it many times (I have no option ) Timeless classic , I think we've all seen this throughout our childhood over Christmas so there's plenty of happy memories that go along with it
5.0 out of 5 starsMe and my dad love this film so much
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2017
Classic. I’ve watched this 100s of time and it never gets old! Me and my dad love this film so much. When I saw this I HAD to get him it for his TV. He loves his DVD’s and he was so happy when he saw I had got him this. Just perfect.
What a magnificent treat - Not only has the picture quality been improved, but the 3D is breathtaking and adds to the spectacle beautifully. If you have a 3D TV / Projector and can play blu-ray 3D you MUST add this to your collection! It's now become more than a 'classic'.
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant couple of hours. Money well spent.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2015
It's taken a year for me to get around to watching this but I'm happy i did. The quality in blueray 3d is simply stunning. Within seconds I was transported back to Kansas and the Oz. How do they do that? I really wasn't expecting such amazing 3d quality from an old film. Brilliant couple of hours.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2017
always loved this movie, even as a kid, but am very much interested in this more than just the movie because if you own the old version of this, you will find one of the munchkins in the background hanging themself.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2013
I was far from being born when this beauty was being made, but even now it still hasn't lost any of the magic. I consider this to be the best version of The Wizard of Oz ever made and I doubt it will ever be topped. Quality wise this is a nice piece of work putting the movie to Blu-ray, escpecially when the movie switches form black&white to full color, beautifuly done. I'd recommend this movie to everyone, young or old, sheer family entertainment at the highest level.