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Format: DVD
Sku: 40115161
UPC: 012569512320
UPC 14: 00012569512320
Rating: Game Rating Code
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There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation, The Wizard Of Oz brings us together--kids, grown-ups, families, friends. The dazzling land of Oz, a dream-come-true world of enchanted forests, dancing scarecrows and singing lions, wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series, The Wizard Of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by the American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy (Judy Garland), Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) await you...

"Just as good the fifteenth time as it is the first time.   Leonard Maltin
"The Wizard of Oz has a wonderful surface of comedy and music, special effects and excitement...  Roger Ebert

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, Outtakes, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/19/1999
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65123
Video UPC UPC: 00012569512320
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bert Lahr
Video Cast Info Jack Haley
Video Cast Info Judy Garland
Video Cast Info Ray Bolger
Video Cast Info L. Frank Baum - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Adrian - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Victor Fleming - Director
Video Cast Info Harold Rosson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Blanche Sewell - Editor
Video Cast Info Harold Arlen, et al. - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Mervyn LeRoy - Producer
Video Cast Info Edgar Allan Woolf - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Florence Ryerson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Noel Langley - Screenplay
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

Chicago Sun-Times 0 of 10
Giant is just that, a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which cattleman Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson), his society-gilded wife Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), wrangler-turned-oil-baron Jett Rink (James Dean in his final film role) and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly-rich oil tycoons. With its picture and soundtrack vividly restored for its 40th anniversary, Giant is one of the most enduring achievements of director George Stevens (Gunga Din, Swing Time, A Place In The Sun, Shane, The Diary Of Anne Frank), who won his second Academy Award for this movie. Hudson, Dean and Mercedes McCambridge earned three of the nine other Oscar nominations bestowed on this adaptation of Edna Ferber's legendary bestseller. Added attractions: Newsreel and introduction by George Stevens, Jr., as well as the original and reissued theatrical trailers, behind-the-scenes documentaries, Hollywood premiere featurette and New York premiere TV special. - Roger Ebert

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 0 of 10
A genuine American classic, based on L. Frank Baum's story of a Kansas girl who goes ``Over the Rainbow'' to a land of colorful characters and spirited adventure. A perfect cast in the perfect fantasy, with Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg's unforgettable score. Just as good the fifteenth time as it is the first time. - Leonard Maltin

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