Wizard of Oz
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Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary (DVD)
In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land "somewhere over the rainbow." Dorothy's dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family's house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag's sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion--and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers--Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.]]>
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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.
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.”
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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
There is only one version to watch, and it is this version.
Roll back the years and watch this Classic.
Good Old Fashioned Music At Its Very Best.
No Swearing, No Violence and No Aggression.
What ever happened to those good old fashioned movies.
Thank God Freddy Krugger and Bruce Willis (Die Hard Trilogy) weren't around when they made these type of movies.
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Needless to say, I could only find it on Amazon.
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.