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Running Time:
1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This all-time best family entertainment is looking better than ever in this newly refurbished version of the 1939 classic.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Reproductions of the original 1939 premiere program, ticket & invitation; MGM studio news; Photoplay studies guide; Publicity photographs and more!; ; Disc One:; Featuring a new digital transfer from restored film elements presenting the movie's Technicolor« splendors as never before; New commentary by historian John Fricke including archival interviews of the cast and crew; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz storybook; Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz; We Haven't Really Met Properly...Supporting cast profile gallery; Dolby Surround 5.1 original Mono and music-and-effects-only audio tracks; Languages: English (Both Dolby 5.1 and & original Mono) & Franšais; Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol (Feature film only); ; Disc Two:; Documentaries on the movie's creation and impact ; The Wondeful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic and Memories of Oz tv specials; Plus the all-new The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz and Because of the Wondeful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz; Harold Arlen's home movies; Outtakes and deleted scenes; It's a Twister! It's a Twister! The Tornado tests; Vintage vault featurettes; Exclusive stills gallery; Theatrical trailer gallery; Over 6 hours of audio-only treasures, including a jukebox of recording session materials, radio shows and promos; Off to See the Wizard; ; Disc Three:; Over 3 hours devoted to Oz creator L. Frank Baum and pre-1939 screen versions of Oz Adventures; All-new documentary L. Frank Baum: The Mad Behind the Curtain; The Wizard of Oz (1910); The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914); His Majesty: The Scarecrow of Oz (1914); The Wizard of Oz (1925); Restored silent version featuring Oliver Hardy and a new score by Robert Israel; The Wizard of Oz (1933



The Wizard of Oz
This classic film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's fantasy, was filmed in 1939 as a musical adventure that made Judy Garland a star in her role as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Dorothy yearns to travel "over the rainbow" to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog Toto to the brightly Technicolored land of Oz. Having offended the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), Dorothy is protected from her wrath by a pair of ruby slippers that she wears. At the suggestion of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where she'll find the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who might be able to help her return to Kansas. En route, she befriends a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley), and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). The Scarecrow would like to have some brains, the Tin Man craves a heart, and the Lion wants to attain courage; hoping that the Wizard will help them too, they join Dorothy on her odyssey to the Emerald City. Although Victor Fleming, who also directed Gone With the Wind, was given sole directorial credit, several directors were involved in the shooting, included King Vidor, who shot the opening and closing black-and-white sequences and George Cukor. Harold Arlen's and E.Y. Harburg's now-classic Oscar-winning song "Over the Rainbow" was nearly eliminated from the movie after the first preview, because it "slowed down the action." Luckily that all changed and this version of the film is looking better than ever.






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