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Wizard of Oz, The (1939) [Blu-Ray] - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition


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Five out of Five

Movie

Rating: G
Length: 102 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.33:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: TrueHD 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
GERMAN: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
ITALIAN: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono

Captions

Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

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Plot

This will likely be the least-read plot on the site; like there are people out there that doesn't know what this movie is about. A teenage girl living in Kansas is unhappy with home life and is magically swept into a fantasy world by a tornado. There she meets some strange but wonderful creatures, both good and bad, and by the time it's all said and done she learns a valuable lesson.

Pros

It's truly amazing what they were able to do with a 70 year old film; the picture and sound is incredible. You will be able to see details that you've never seen before. On top of that lets face it, this is just a fun film pretty much from start-to-finish. A typical good vs evil film with moral lessons weaved in. And check out the extras! Wow! I would have bought the 6 hour documentary on MGM all by itself and the documentaries will tell you more than you ever cared to know about this film. Now I finally know why Dorothy told the Scarecrow that she would miss him the most. :-)

Cons

Even though it is rated G, I know people that still won't watch this film as adults because of the scars that were left due to the flying monkeys when they were children. And I don't quite understand why the MGM documentary was put on a double-sided DVD as opposed to a Blu-Ray disk; I really hate double-sided discs.

Extras

  • Limited-Edition 70th-Anneversary Watch with Genuine Crystals
  • Original 1939 Campaign Book Reproduction
  • Behind theCurtain of Production 1060 52-Page Commemorative Book
  • Replica of Original Movie Budget
  • "MGM: When the Lion Roars" 6 Hour Documentary (Must See!!!)
  • Audio Commentary Hosted by the Late Sydney Pollack
  • "The Wonderful World of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic" Featurette
  • "The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz" Featurette
  • "Because of the Wonderful Things He Does: The Legacy of Oz" Featurette
  • "Memories of Oz" Featurette
  • "Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz" Featurette
  • "We Haven't Really Met Properly" Featurette
  • Harold Arlen's Home Movies
  • Outtakes/Deleted Scenes
  • "It's a Twister! It's a Twister!" - The Tornado Tests
  • Music-and-Effects-Only Audio Track
  • Sing-Along Feature
  • "The Wonderful World of Oz Storybook" Featurette
  • Radio Promo
  • Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
  • Good News of 1939 Radio Broadcast
  • "Another Romance of Celluloid: Electrical Power" Featurette
  • "Cavalcade of the Academy Awards" Featurette
  • Texas Contest Winners
  • Off to See the Wizard Cartoons
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Victor Fleming: Master Craftsmen" Featurette
  • "L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Curtain" Documentary
  • "Hollywood Celebrates Its Biggest Little Stars" Featurette
  • "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)" Silent Film
  • "His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz (1914)" Silent Film
  • "The Magical Cloak of Oz (1914)" Silent Film
  • "The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)" Silent Film
  • "The Wizard of Oz (1925)" Silent Film
  • "The Wizard of Oz (1933)" Cartoon
  • "The Dreamer of Oz (1990)" Made-For-TV Biopic About L. Frank Baum

Recommendation

Do you like movies? Do you own a Blu-Ray player? If you answered yes to both then why don't you already own this set? If you plan on buying a Blu-Ray in the future, buy this now while they are available. I really wish the movie industry would use this set as an example of how to release other classics in the future.

Director

Victor Fleming   [Gone With the Wind]

Actors

Clara Blandick - Auntie Em
Ray Bolger - Hunk / The Scarecrow
Billie Burke - Glinda
Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale
[Judgment at Nuremberg]
Charley Grapewin - Uncle Henry
Jack Haley - Hickory / The Tin Man
Margaret Hamilton - Elmira Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West / The Wicked Witch of the East
Bert Lahr - Zeke / The Cowardly Lion
Frank Morgan - Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Guard Who Cries / The Wizard of Oz
The Singer Midgets - The Munchkins (also as The Munchkins)
Terry - Toto
Pat Walshe - Nikko

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