The Wiz [Blu-ray] [1978]

  • SKU: 1416732
  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 23)

    Special Features


    • Wiz on down the road
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    The Wiz
    Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who peel themselves from a graffiti mural and sing to her about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home. On her journey down the yellow brick road, she encounters a garbage-stuffed scarecrow (Michael Jackson) in a junkyard, a broken-down tin man (Nipsey Russell) caught in the decay of an old amusement park, and a cowardly lion (Ted Ross) posing as a stone statue outside a museum. The quartet tangles with a subway station that comes to life, a poppy den, and a gaggle of motorcycle henchman on their way to the Wiz -- who orders them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (a sweatshop tyrant) before he will grant them their wishes. The Wiz has about double the large-scale production numbers of The Wizard of Oz (1939), with songs written and composed by Charlie Smalls. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Diana Ross
      Diana Ross - Dorothy
    • Michael Jackson
      Michael Jackson - Scarecrow
    • Nipsey Russell
      Nipsey Russell - Tinman
    • Lena Horne
      Lena Horne - Glinda the Good
    • Richard Pryor
      Richard Pryor - The Wiz (Herman Smith)



    Customer rating

    4.9
    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For Love of Life and Song in Heart

      Posted
      Mom118

      A great family movie. I watched it with my 9 year old daughter and her face came alive. The colors are fantastic; the music is inspiring and the actors are enchanted. It's the kind of movie you want to share with your young children. There's a message about believing in yourself, a message about not being afraid to try things and a message about standing together with friends. I loved this movie. And best of all my other daughter learned some great songs, sung by Diana Ross and Lena Horne - simply fantastic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Movie

      Posted
      IJam
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      A soulful adaptation of the Wizard of Oz movie. Starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Richard Pryor. Michael Jackson shines and steals the show with his vocal and dance performances. Songs in the movie were arranged and produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. This movie is a classic Motown meets the yellow brick road. You'll be dancing from start to finish.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great alternate take on the familiar Wizard of Oz

      Posted
      MasterViolaPlayer
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Wiz is a great take on the Wizard of Oz story, this time a movie musical with an all black cast. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson headline the movie which also stars Richard Pryor and Lena Horne. Producer and Composer Quincy Jones helps bring the movie to life with such hits as Ease On Down The Road and Is This What Feeling Gets? I love this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Family movie

      Posted
      cj122252
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Friendly, Positive, Good Quality, Satisfaction above and beyond the movie was great I love what I saw it was about caring for and about one another all good need more movies like that.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great quality and clear

      Posted
      1brownchocolate

      I saw this movie when I was little, so I remember the songs. I'm just collecting anything Michael Jackson right now because there will never be another like him again. He's the greatest and it's best to keep memory of the greatest the best way you can.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      We loved it

      Posted
      Monique24
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We have been trying to find the movie in store. Stopped by Best Buy looking for other items and the Sales Associate found it on line with less than a week wait. We were so happy Thanks Best Buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for comedy and history.

      Posted
      soni55
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      What a great comparison to the Wizard of Oz for people of color! A great historical review for women, men and children alike. I'll recommend this movie for family night anytime!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic musical movie

      Posted
      Bobbi267
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I love the music and the choreography,makeup,fantastic scenes and of course the main characters of this breathtaking urban musical of the 70's.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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