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His Majesty the Scarecrow of Oz (Full Screen)

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  • Actors: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Fred Woodward, Raymond Russell
  • Directors: L. Frank Baum
  • Writers: L. Frank Baum
  • Producers: L. Frank Baum, Clarence R. Rundel, Harry Marston Haldeman, Louis F. Gottschalk
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Silent, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • Release Date: May 1 2003
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005B7BE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,770 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This is a good purchase for $4.99, especially if you like the more unusual films to come out of the silent era, or any of the Oz books. It's a fun romp through Oz, and has some decent special effects.
The film itself has deteriorated substantially, and it appears no effort was made to restore it. That's understandable, especially for such a cheap movie. The bad part of this disc is the audio. The music is a mix of ragtime and various other types. It has some relevance, as the mood does change with the film, but that's about all. The voice-over for the title cards, on the other hand, is just wrong.
My conclusion: Buy the movie, but turn the audio off.
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This is a fun 1914 version of an 'Oz' book, directed by L. Frank Baum himself. There are some great special FX, (the 'freezing heart' is fantastic!), and the acting is fairly good as well. The music and narration on this edition, as it is on the 1925 version of 'Wizard Of Oz', is redone and not very well. However, for the price, this film is worth having! Great fun for children but requires an attention span, because it's not as 'flash-bang-zippo!' as modern films, because of no sound effects.
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I bought this recently, when i was about to watch it I thought it was going to be the stupidest thing i have ever seen. But after the first few minutes i loved it. The special effects were good (for 1914) The only thing i didnt like is the WEIRD music and the naration. Whats wrong with panio or organ music?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fb142f4) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc09150) out of 5 stars Baum's Oz on Film Sept. 9 2001
By Kevenn T. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I found this...and bought it, and I didn't regret it! I loved it. I raised myself on Baum's Oz stories, and this is one that he made himself. This movie is an original story that Baum wrote using his Oz characters, and later, story plots from this movie were used in his book, "The Scarecrow of Oz" - most notably the story of Princess Gloria and Pon, the Gardener's son and King Krewl. Dorothy features prominently in the story, though we're not told how she gets to Oz. Mombie is the witch, instead of Blinkie in the book. Other Oz characters that appear are Button Bright, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, the Sawhorse, a Winged Monkey, and (I think) Hank the Mule. The music is really "Ozzy," and I really enjoyed it. It's a silent film, but the narration cards are read by an actress who does a pretty good job. The special effects are pretty impressive for its time. The is a scene reminiscent of "The Wizard of Oz" book, where the Scarecrow, pushing a raft, gets stuck on the pole. He slides down underwater, and the underwater affects surprised me for such an old film. There are fish swimming around, and even a mermaid makes an appearance. I also liked they way they showed Princess Gloria getting her heart frozen by Mombie and her fellow witches that she summons. At one point, they even take off flying on their brooms, which looked really awesome!
The costumes and makeup are also exellent. Dorothy wears the same dress and bow style that she does in John R. Neill's illustrations. The Tin Woodman's costume is a little funky, but is ok. I was impressed with how well the Scarecrow's makeup and clothes hold up in water. Mombie looks like The Witch of the West and Neill's Blinkie in the book. Princess Gloria is beautiful and looks like a wistful Fairy princess. The animal costumes were very kewl. I especially like Hank the Mule's costume, and enjoyed seeing him fight off Mombie. There's also other really nice pices of detail, like the little "Oz" pieces on the Sawhorse's bridle, which he has in Neill's illustrations.
There were also some very funny parts, like the Scarecrow discovering water and playing in a stream, to the dismay of Dorothy and Button Bright. They even had the Wall of Water, which was interestingly done with camera angles.
There is also a Little Rascals short on the disk about Alfalfa fighting a masked wrestler that's funny as well. But if you're looking for Baum's Oz, then this is for you.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcccf9c) out of 5 stars L. Frank Baum directs as well as he writes March 13 2003
By KNO2skull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a fun 1914 version of an 'Oz' book, directed by L. Frank Baum himself. There are some great special FX, (the 'freezing heart' is fantastic!), and the acting is fairly good as well. The music and narration on this edition, as it is on the 1925 version of 'Wizard Of Oz', is redone and not very well. However, for the price, this film is worth having! Great fun for children but requires an attention span, because it's not as 'flash-bang-zippo!' as modern films, because of no sound effects.
HASH(0x9ffa64ec) out of 5 stars Buyer Beware Feb. 19 2013
By Lisa M. Peppan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am so VERY disappointed. I bought this DVD based upon customer comments however what none of them mentioned was the system requirements for this DVD. If they had, I would never have bought it. I have just spent a most frustrating *2 hours* doing everything I know to get the movie to play and I cut my computer teeth on a Tandy 1000 back 1989.

I have access to the DVD DICTIONARY, the TRIVIA GAME, and MORE TRIVIA, however, the links from DME REWARDS and FOLLOWTHRU.COM get me a "Not Found. The requested URL /webportals/rd21009-1.htm was not found on this server. Apache/2.2 Server at [...] Port 80."

The desk top computer I am trying to view the movie on is a Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, Service Pack 3, with a Intel(r) Core (TM)2 Duo CPU, E7500 @ 2.93Gz, 1.58 GHz, 2.99 GB of RAM.

For any other Friends of Oz tempted to purchase this DVD, please allow me to illuminate you by way of the DVD's README.WRI file, and I quote.

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For IBM PC and IBM PC-compatibles running Windows 95/98/NT

Hardware
IBM or IBM compatible with at least a 586 processor (or better) and a speed of 150 MHz (or better)
internal memory of 32 MB of RAM or more
MCI compliant DVD-ROM drive
available hard drive space on your c: drive of 100 MB
color monitor set to at least 640 x 480,16,000 colors or higher.
sound capabilities associated with DVD-ROM drive
mouse
audio speakers
printer (optional)

Software and System Settings

1. For best results, make sure no other applications are running, including screen savers. To make sure there are no other applications running, the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen should have only the Start menu option available. If others are running, consult your Windows 95/98/NT manuals for help on turning off those programs. If there is a screen saver running, turn it off by clicking once on the Start menu option and holding the mouse button down. Drag your mouse to the Settings option. A new menu will appear. Drag your mouse to the Control Panel option and click once. When the new window opens, double-click on the Display icon. Under Display Properties, click once on Screen Saver. Change the scrolling menu option to None. Then click the OK button, and close Control Panel. If you are using a third-party screen saver, consult that manufacturer's manual for instructions on turning it off.

2. If you encounter problems with audio or video playback, make sure your computer is equipped with the latest audio, video and DVD drivers. Contact the computer's manufacturer for further information.

3. If the computer is connected to a network, for better performance you may wish to reboot the program and not log on the network. Note: You may wish to remain connected to the network if you have a network printer and plan to use the print functions of the program.

4. To remove the Taskbar from always running on top of every application, right click anywhere on the Taskbar and select Properties. If Always on top is selected, deselect it.

5. If you have partitioned your hard drive so that Windows 95/98/NT is on a different drive other than c:, reboot your computer to the operating system (Windows 95/98/NT) that is on your c: drive.

To Begin the Program
1. Start your computer and Windows 95/98/NT.

2. Insert DVD-ROM disc.

3. From the Taskbar choose Start, then Run.

4. In the command line, type d:\Scarecro where d: is the label of your DVD-ROM drive. To determine the letter of your DVD-ROM drive, double-click on My Computer. The letter next to the icon showing a picture of a DVD-ROM indicates your DVD-ROM drive. If d: is not your DVD-ROM drive, in the command line replace d: with the letter that appears next to the DVD-ROM icon.

5. To quit the program at any time, hold down the Ctrl key and press q, press ESC, or select the quit button.

If you experience any problems while running the program, check the items listed under Hardware and System and
Software Settings.
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Should I find a solution to this O! so frustrating circumstance, I shall add it as a comment on this review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc44b94) out of 5 stars A Curious, Period Piece from Oz's Original Creator April 30 2005
By John A Lee III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been an Oz fan all of my life and usually jump at the opportunity to add something to my Oz collection. So it was that I was glad to find this piece. Watching it, however, was not all I had hoped for.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was written and directed by L. Frank Baum, the author of "The Wizard of Oz" as well as the later sequel, "The Scarecrow of Oz". As such, I expected it to be a very faithful adaptation of the book. In this, I was surpised by two things. The first was that the story was much less like the book that I would have expected from the book's author. The second is how good a job was done in a film dating from 1914.

The basic story is that of the book. Princess Gloria has her heart frozen by an evil witch to prevent her from marrying a commoner. The Oz characters come to her rescue. The way this comes about, however, deviates significantly from the book and several characters are changed or are missing alltogether. This was a dissapointment to me but may not be to others.

The state of the art for motion pictures was not all that developed in 1914. With that in mind, this movie does achieve some remarkable things. The "trick" are easy to identify but they do not detract from the progession of the story itself. These special effects include an underwater scene with the scarecrow, the actual freezing of the princess's heart and the decaptitation of the evil witch. They do blend well with the story. There is none of the "how did they do that" feeling but there is a "I'm surpriised they managed that" feeling to replace it.

In appearance, it seems like Oz is located in the American plains of the midwest. This is particularly apparent when the scarecrow is seen in his cornfield with "Indians" dancing around him. So too do the river scenes seem more like a bit of Americana than the fantasy land of Oz. So too do the witches seem to come from Salem as opposed to the fairy land. This is another instance of something that distracted me but may not affect anyone else.

Staple Oz characters making an appearance include Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, the wooden Sawhorse, Old Mombi, Button Bright (as a girl instead of a boy!) as well as those specific to this story line like Gloria, Pon, King Krewl and Googly Goo. Notably absent are Trot, Captain Bill and Betsy Bobbin. It is possible that Hank the mule makes an appearance but I don't know if that is intentional or a coincidence and the character is not named.

This film is well worth buying for serious Oz fanatics. It does provide a diverting hour of entertainment and follows the basics of the story. So too might it appeal to silent movie fans who like silent movies for their own sake. The Little Rascals short is a nice additional touch as well.
HASH(0xa0177750) out of 5 stars A surprisingly good silent film Dec 22 2013
By Michael Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought "His Majesty the Scarecrow of Oz" after reading up on the Oz books. I'd seen a program on Public Television about the Oz movies some years ago and decided it would be fun to get. The special affects are surprisingly good for the era it was filmed - they did things that were pioneering like one scene where the villian's head if chopped off and her "headless" body feels around till she finds and replaces her head. Yes, some of it is really silly it's still worth seeing especially as a piece of movie/Oz history.



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