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The original "The Wizard of Oz" Movies

Wizard of OzThese are 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.

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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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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.

The Wizard of Oz
(Two-Disc Special Edition)

(1939 edition)

Stars Judy Garland, Stephen Cox (II), Meinhardt Raabe, Dona Massin, Jerry Maren

A Revised Wizard of Oz With State of The Art Ultra-Resolution Picture Quality and Over 10 Hours of Bonus Extra

The 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). That includes the Angela Lansbury-hosted documentary The Making of a Movie Classic; the outtakes and deleted scenes, including Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" reprise and the home-movie recording of "The Jitterbug"; the sketches and stills and composer Harold Arlen's home movies; the audio underscores and radio programs; the 1979 interviews with Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, and Jack Haley; and other items too numerous to mention. (Some text introductions to the features have been replaced by narration by Lansbury, for whatever reason.) Brand-new to the 2005 edition is a sharp restoration using Warner's Ultra Resolution process and an accompanying featurette on how it's done. The technicians also discuss how the sound was remixed, though that would have been more effective had it included surround-sound demonstrations (the featurette is in 2.0). Other features on the new set include a commentary track by critic John Fricke supplemented by vintage cast interviews (he offers a lot of trivia, and debunks the myth that Shirley Temple was ever close to getting the Dorothy role); profiles of nine cast members and clips of other movies they appeared in (including Toto); a lightly animated 10-minute storybook again narrated by Lansbury; 2001 and 2005 behind-the-scenes featurettes; and a 1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast. Oh, and if you were still wondering about the missing material mentioned above--the 1999 disc included one-minute excerpts of three early treatments of The Wizard of Oz. Those excerpts are not included in the two-disc special edition, but the third disc of the three-disc collector's edition includes the complete versions of those treatments and more. --David HoriuchiFormat: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
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

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