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The Wizard of Oz
- Judy Garland

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
1939 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
1939 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner

Cast List

George E. Stoll
Harold Arlen - American song composer, WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Hyman Arluck - American song composer, WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Billie Burke - American actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MERRILY WE LIVE
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke - American actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MERRILY WE LIVE
Bert Lahr - American Actor/Vaudevillian, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Jack Haley - American Actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Arthur Freed - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Arthur Grossman - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
King Vidor - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Margaret Hamilton - American Actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Charley Grapewin - American Character Actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Charles Grapewin - American Character Actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Ray Bolger - American Actor/Dancer, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Mervyn LeRoy - American Director/Producer
Busby Berkeley - Choreographer/Director
William Berkeley Enos - Choreographer/Director
Herbert Stothart - American Composer/Arranger
L. Frank Baum - Novelist/"Wizard Of Oz"
Judy Garland - American actress/singer, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Frances Gumm - American actress/singer, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Edgar Allan Woolf - SCREENWRITER\"FREAKS"
Pat Walshe
Florence Ryerson
Blanche Sewell - American Editor
A. Arnold Gillespie
Adrian
Victor Fleming - American director, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
Robert W. Stringer
George Bassman - American Composer
Frank Morgan - American character actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Clara Blandick - American Character Actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Noel Langley - Writer/Director/Plays
Harold Rosson
Mickey Carroll - Diminutive actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: B&W and Color
  • UPC: 883929332694
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
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Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
THE WIZARD OF OZ held its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. THE WIZARD OF OZ is number six on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. THE WIZARD OF OZ was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. MGM acquired the film rights to the L. Frank Baum story for $75,000, a huge amount at the time. Some of the original casting desires included either W. C. Fields or Ed Wynn as the Wizard; Fanny Brice or Beatrice Lillie as Glinda, the Good Witch; Gale Sondergaard as the Wicked Witch; and Shirley Temple as Dorothy. After Ray Bolger asked to play the Scarecrow instead of the Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen was cast as the Tin Man but was replaced after nine days of filming by Jack Haley because of breathing problems he suffered at the hands of his costume. The picture went through a number of directors: Richard Thorpe, whose nine days of footage were not used; George Cukor; Victor Fleming, who directed most of the color scenes before having to leave to direct GONE WITH THE WIND; and King Vidor, who directed most of the black-and-white scenes set in Kansas. Shooting of what was known as Production 1060 was to begin on April 19, 1938, but actually began on October 13, 1938, and lasted until March 16, 1939. The film went well over budget, costing more than $2.75 million. It took in only about $3 million on its initial release. Judy Garland was paid $500 a week for the film. Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume weighed more than 50 pounds. The Munchkin coroner, played by Meinhardt Raabe, was also Little Oscar, Oscar Mayer's official spokesman in commercials. Jerry Maren, one of the Munchkin Lollipop Guild singers, continued his career in show business, which included stints in more than 60 films as well as appearances on THE MAN SHOW and SEINFELD. UNDER THE RAINBOW, a 1981 comedy spoofing the behind-the-scenes making of THE WIZARD OF OZ, starred Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

Reviews:
"...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 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


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


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


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


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


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


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 Entertainment Weekly, p.124


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

 
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