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Learn more about Wizard of Oz-70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition:

Format: DVD
Sku: 211279454
UPC: 883929042272
UPC 14: 00883929042272
Sales Rank: 5278
Rating: Game Rating Code
 
The Greatest Picture in the History of Entertainment!
In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum novel, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.
Editor's Note
Young Dorothy is bored of her gray life on a Kansas farm. When her house is whisked away by a tornado, it lands somewhere over the rainbow in a Technicolor world, and Dorothy knows she's not in Kansas anymore. This beloved, incomparable classic based on L. Frank Baum's turn-of-the-century novel is a musical and visual candy store. Dorothy's journey to find a way back to Kansas has permeated American culture and film for decades and remains one of the best musicals and children's stories ever filmed.

Features

Video Features DVD, Rated PG, Book, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 112 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000043710
Video UPC UPC: 00883929042272
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 5

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Wizard of Oz - 70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition (1939) - DVD Review
By: The Masked Movie Snobs Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 9/29/2009 7:43 PM
It's intimidating to sit down to write a review of The Wizard Of Oz. I put it right up there with reviewing The Beatles or Huck Finn. What do you say that hasn't already been said? How do you find an angle on something in its seventh decade? For full disclosure, I have to admit that this movie has been in my Top 5 films ever since I was probably five- or six-years-old. Movies have come and gone and this film has never wavered. When we got a VCR, it was the first film I taped off of TV and watched and rewatched. When it was released on VHS, I had the deluxe edition. And back again for another version for the 50th Anniversary. In 1999, I was put my money down for a bare bones DVD version for the 60th Anniversary. Just back in 2005, I purchased the three-disc Collector's Edition on DVD. Now, Warner Bros. has gone into full Oz-mode again for the 70th Anniversary of the film....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billie Burke
Video Cast Info Bert Lahr
Video Cast Info Jack Haley
Video Cast Info Margaret Hamilton
Video Cast Info Charley Grapewin
Video Cast Info Ray Bolger
Video Cast Info Judy Garland
Video Cast Info Pat Walshe
Video Cast Info Frank Morgan
Video Cast Info Clara Blandick
Video Cast Info Mickey Carroll
Video Cast Info Robert W. Stringer - Composer
Video Cast Info George Bassman - Composer
Video Cast Info Noel Langley - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Harold Rosson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Florence Ryerson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Blanche Sewell - Editor
Video Cast Info A. Arnold Gillespie - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Adrian - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Edgar Allan Woolf - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info George E. Stoll - Composer
Video Cast Info Harold Arlen - Composer
Video Cast Info Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Mervyn LeRoy - Producer
Video Cast Info Busby Berkeley - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Herbert Stothart - Composer
Video Cast Info L. Frank Baum - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Arthur Freed - Producer
Video Cast Info King Vidor - Director
Video Cast Info Victor Fleming - Director
Plot Summary
Judy Garland stars as Dorothy in a musical based on the classic children's book by L. Frank Baum. When Dorothy's neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to take away Dorothy's precious dog, Toto, Dorothy runs away from home. Attempting to return, she and her house are caught in a twister and blown to the garish, color-saturated Land of Oz. The house lands atop Oz's Wicked Witch of the East, killing her and making Dorothy an instant celebrity. The Wicked Witch of the West, the sister of the deceased witch, soon arrives and threatens revenge. Dorothy must escape from Oz by following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where the great Wizard of Oz can help her return to Kansas. Along the way, Dorothy picks up some new friends--the heartless Tin Man, the brainless Scarecrow, and the courage-less Cowardly Lion, each of whom hopes that the Wizard can offer him what he lacks. The long journey to see the Wizard is filled with dangers and traps planted by the Wicked Witch of the West--as well as lots of phenomenal musical numbers. Filled with extravagant sets and costumes and 40 minutes of rambunctious song and dance routines, Dorothy's adventures in Oz are pure delight. The film deservedly holds a precious place in the hearts of millions.

Memorable Quotes

"I'll get you, my pretty. And your little dog too!"----The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)

"The great and powerful Oz has spoken!"----The Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan)

"Ding--dong, the witch is dead."----Munchkin song

"There's no place like home."----Dorothy (Judy Garland)

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...It somehow seems real and important in a way that most movies don't....The special effects are glorious in that old Hollywood way..." 12/22/1996 p.5

Entertainment Weekly
"We love it...because of the wonderful things it does! Those songs! Those effects! That cinematography!..." 01/11/2002 p.25-6

Premiere
"...THE WIZARD OF OZ's status as a cultural icon has only strengthened through the years..." 12/01/2003 p.5

Total Film
"[The film] remains as entrancing as ever....So vibrant it's like watching the world being painted for the first time." 02/01/2004 p.120

Entertainment Weekly
"[It] proves as precious as Dorothy's ruby slippers....It's a journey every film buff should make." -- Grade: A 10/28/2005 p.66

New York Times
"There may be no movie more deeply embedded in the subconscious of the baby boom generation than THE WIZARD OF OZ." 11/01/2005 p.E3

Entertainment Weekly
Ranked #1 in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten DVDs Of The Year -- "[T]he extras are filled with heart, brains, and, yes, even courage." 12/30/2005 p.124

Rolling Stone
Ranked #16 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[A] dazzling digital reproduction of the original Technicolor." 12/01/2005 p.98

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