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This is one of two original early motion pictures of the famous "Wizard of Oz." The first film is the classic silent film, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was filmed in 1910. This movie is the earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, made by the Selig Polyscope Company without Baum's direct input.
It was created to fulfill a contractual obligation associated with Baum's personal bankruptcy caused by The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, from which it was once thought to have been derived. The movie was partly based on the 1902 stage musical, though much of the film deals with the Wicked Witch of the West, who does not appear in the musical. The second film is Larry Semon's "The Wizard of Oz" filmed in 1925 and starring Oliver Hardy.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz Free Film
Deluxe child Dorothy costume includes a white and blue gingham deluxe dress with attached lace trimmed petticoat and a single hair bow (differs from image and packaging). Toto in Basket and Ruby Slippers sold separately. Also available teen and adult Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow costumes for children, teens and adults, wigs, baskets, shoe covers and more. These are officially licensed Wizard of Oz costumes from BuyCostumes.com. More costumes.
Deluxe child Dorothy costume includes a white and blue gingham deluxe dress with attached lace trimmed petticoat and a single hair bow (differs from image and packaging). Toto in Basket and Ruby Slippers sold separately. Available for children, teens and adults. Tin Man, Scarecrow costumes for children, teens and adults, wigs, baskets, shoe covers and more. These are officially licensed Wizard of Oz costumes from BuyCostumes.com.
Stars Judy Garland, Stephen Cox (II), Meinhardt Raabe, Dona Massin, Jerry MarenA Revised Wizard of Oz With State of The Art Ultra-Resolution Picture Quality and Over 10 Hours of Bonus ExtraThe Wizard of Oz DVD released in 1999 was loaded with extra features, but it's now safe to throw away that version in all its cardboard-package glory in favor of this new two-disc edition. First things first: All the bonus material from the earlier disc is there (with one small exception).
Language: English Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only). Number of discs: 2. Studio: Warner Home Video. DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005. Run Time: 103 minutes
70th Anniversary Celebration of The Wizard of Oz
From Beverly Hills to Berlin; from Miami to Melbourne; from big screens to home screens, Warner Bros. Entertainment has for the past year been celebrating the 70th anniversary of an iconic American classic, The Wizard of Oz, with a slate of spectacular festivities spanning the globe. In September 2009, the celebration culminates in New York City with a series of sparkling events. Read about the 70th anniversary celebration of "The Wizard of Oz."
Review on Wizard of Oz from Amazon:
When "The Wizard of Oz" was released during Hollywood's golden year of 1939, it didn't start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn't until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar.
And while Oz's TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films.
Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz--the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)-- have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy's enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades.
The film's still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it's loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it's required viewing for kids of all ages. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon: The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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