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The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
  • Directors: George Cukor, King Vidor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Victor Fleming
  • Writers: Bert Lahr, Arthur Freed, E.Y. Harburg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 29 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,846 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

When it was released during Hollywood's golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn't start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn't until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz's TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz--the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)--have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy's enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film's still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it's loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it's required viewing for kids of all ages. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

This deluxe gift pack edition includes a script reproduction, still photos, and reproduced theatrical posters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Client d'Amazon on Aug. 12 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a movie I actually saw in a repertory theatre as a child. It's the kind of movie that makes a deep impression on you, for the simple contents and sheer magnificence of it: a truly timeless American fairytale that will never grow old. The story is so well told, I only realized years later how many lessons it subtly taught me. :D I'm thinking that my mom probably saw it as a child and I want my granddaughter to see it too: thank goodness it was remastered/restored! The movie is twice as special as you remember it and the commentary is a sweetly weaved tapestry of comments between a movie historian and little jewels of vintage interviews with the original actors, etc. The second DVD has features and features and features, oh my! :D Literally 3 pages of features from documentaries, to delightful deleted scenes, to little biographies of all the main characters, an endless jukebox of song takes, including showing how they recorded the Munchkin songs for the music buff, plus a priceless "Lux toilet soap" ("toilet soap"? XD even including commercials! XD) radio program, playing a condensed 1 hour re-enactment of the movie, years later: historical stuff, you know? BTW, for the trivia buff, Judy Garland was part of the Lux broadcast, but different actors played the other characters. In any case, personally, I feel this is the definitive version of this movie to buy: you won't be disappointed! Sincerely, Sylvie, Qc Canada
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Fees on June 21 2004
Format: DVD
When we are children, we have wild imaginations. Our minds are powerful things, taking us to far off places where anything is possible. On screen, the film that has that power is The Wizard of OZ. How could anyone resist Judy Garland singing about a place that is far off, or Margaret Hamilton as possibly the most wicked and notorious villain ever, THE WICKED WITCH. I vividly remember watching this film with my family when I was kid, and as soon as the Wicked Witch appeared in flames in Munchkinland, my brother ran and hid behind a chair. This is one of those films that make us do those kinds of things when we are little and looking back, this film has created for me, a world of wonderful memories. This DVD should be on absolutley everyone's shelf. We get to see Kansas, The Yellow Brick Road, and the Emerald City in all of it's colorful glory. While not being a big hit back in 1939, it certainly has earned it's place as one of the best films ever made. There are also many features that will leave both the OZ enthusiast and the just plain curious pleased. Get taken away all over again to the wonderful land of OZ and buy this DVD, you won't regret it. I can't say enough about this film A+
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Karas on May 25 2004
Format: DVD
This film showcases the american studio system of the past at it's best. They had the greatest craftsman, musicians, actors, singers, designers, costumers etc etc etc all working together to create magic and in this case it was a complete success.
All the elements work to make this a joyous spectacle that never fails to touch your heart.
It still succeeds because it is not too sweet - who can forget Margaret Hamilton's scary Witch, the terrifying flying Monkeys or even the scary Wizard. (well scary until he is unmasked)
Another reason this film holds up so well are that the supporting cast (Jack Haley, Ray Bolger & Bert Lahr) were just incredibly talented comedians. They really shine even the 100th time through.
Need I say anything about Judy Garland in this film? Her performance is spot on terrific. She is the one who makes this whole fantasy believable without being sickeningly sweet. If there is any doubt she was a great actress just rewatch the scene of her crying in the witch's castle. Heartbreaking. (and her singing voice was just incredible but you know that)
This is my favorite film - the one film I would take with me to a dessert island.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Goodman on Dec 26 1999
Format: DVD
Why has no-one yet reminder all OZ fans about using the soundtrack to Pink Floyds Dark Side Of the Moon Album to This Movie? If you now think I'm nuts try this first:
1. Start Movie with sound turned down!
2. When you see the lion roar for the THIRD time start the audio CD
3. Check for timing when
a) The Producers by (Music is "almost" in sinc)
b) Dorothy Falls into the pig pen (Music)
c) Grandma with Cookies "talking"
d) Witch/Music Timing is great.... etc.....
Try it first then review this, and remember... when Pink Floyd first designed this album and tour they had tried and expected to use OZ as the theme. They eventually gave up after lots of unsucessfull attempts and many experts believe that at least the first 1+ hour of this music or more are in perfect sinc with this movie. ... Try it please and tell me what you think:, remember to review this upon your return! :)
Finally - Yes I too was disspaointed to see that the expert commentry was ommitted from the DVD version... why the hell can't these movie/video marketing people do thier research and get it right?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on June 16 2000
Format: DVD
The ranting I've given is for the DVD, not the film which is five stars and one of the greatest of all time. If you've owned the previous DVD release of this film, and also have the magnificent "Ultimate Oz" laser disc set, I can guarantee you, you will be in for a disappointment with this new DVD release from Warners. The incredible deep color of the film's look in the "Ultimate Oz" set is shockingly gone from this transfer. Now instead of looking magical, Oz looks just....well, normal. John Fricke's wonderful audio commentary has been eliminated too (probably because it is technically licensed by MGM/UA video, which no longer owns the rights to the film), and while the rest of the supplements are duplicated there is one incredible goof that I can't believe no one else has caught on to before. For the "Jitterbug" deleted scene supplement Warners has erroneously used the stills/home movie segment and set them not to the finished song track (as laser disc supplement does) but instead to the choreography rehearsal track where we hear the flat monotone of Donna Massin standing in for Judy Garland with the rest of the cast to a piano track instead of the orchestrated version. It makes for a very unpleasant looking juxtaposition and left me feeling that I hadn't gained a thing with the DVD release. I plan on sticking to the laser disc set myself. And for a better picture that shows the magic of Oz as it *should* be seen snatch a copy of the out of print MGM DVD while you still can!
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