The third and definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance 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 Technicolorful land of Oz. Having offended the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), Dorothy is protected from the old crone's wrath by the 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 dwells the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who might be able to help the girl 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. Garland was MGM's second choice for Dorothy after Shirley Temple dropped out of the project; and Bolger was to have played the Tin Man but talked co-star Buddy Ebsen into switching roles. When Ebsen proved allergic to the chemicals used in his silver makeup, he was replaced by Haley. Gale Sondergaard was originally to have played the Wicked Witch of the West in a glamorous fashion, until the decision was made to opt for belligerent ugliness, and the Wizard was written for W.C. Fields, who reportedly turned it down because MGM couldn't meet his price. 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. Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's now-classic Oscar-winning song "Over the Rainbow" was nearly chopped from the picture after the first preview because it "slowed down the action." The Wizard of Oz was too expensive to post a large profit upon initial release; however, after a disappointing reissue in 1955, it was sold to network television, where its annual showings made it a classic.~Hal Erickson
Commentary by historian John Fricke with the film's cast and crew, sing-along feature and much more!
Edgar Allan Woolf
Judy GarlandDorothy Gale
Frank MorganThe Wizard of Oz, Prof. Marvel
Ray BolgerThe Scarecrow, Hunk
Bert LahrThe Cowardly Lion, Zeke
Jack HaleyThe Tin Woodsman, Hickory
Billie BurkeGlinda, the Good Witch
Margaret HamiltonThe Wicked Witch of the West, Miss Gulch
Charles GrapewinUncle Henry
Clara BlandickAuntie Em
Jerry MarenGuild Leader
Harlan BriggsUncle Henry's Double
Billy BletcherMayor/Lollypop Guild
Billy CurtisCity Father
Abe DinovitchApple Tree, Munchkin
Major DoyleMunchkin (uncredited)
Daisy EarlesMunchkin Villager
Harry EarlesGuild Singer
Buddy EbsenTin Woodman on "We're Off to See the Wizard"
Lois JanuaryCat Owner
Mitchell LewisHead Winkie
Walter MillerBespectacled Munchkin
George MinisteriCoach Driver
Yvonne MorayLeague Dancer
Lee MurrayWinged Monkey
Lillian PorterMunchkin (uncredited)
Jimmy RosenMunchkin (uncredited)
Harry MontyWinged Monkey/Munchkin
L. Frank BaumBook Author
Harold Hal RossonCinematographer
George BassmanComposer (Music Score)
George StollComposer (Music Score)
Harold ArlenComposer (Music Score)
Herbert StothartComposer (Music Score)
Cedric GibbonsArt Director
Edwin B. WillisSet Designer
Childrens and Family,Fantasy,Concerts Operas and Musicals
It’s all original old school classic I love watching the Wizard of Oz when I was actual kid now I got it on 4K is on a digital copy screen on my Amazon prime I can watch it anytime anywhere I love the movie thank you Best Buy
Was hard to find the 75th anniversary edition on bluray of The Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, one of my Best Buy's near me had it. I hate ordering. I'd rather drive across town to pick it up immediately. Thanks for having it in stock!
I love the Wizard of Oz. I ordered this because it was a great deal with the digital copy.
Unfortunately, the TWO times this movie was sent to me, it was not as shown in the image (not the 75th anniversary edition and no digital copy).
I hope that Best Buy changes the description and pictureof this product to be accurate.
This review is strictly on the disc as you know what the movie is about.
The 4K image quality of the disc is amazing. Clearer definition, better lighting, and while 4K HDR promises brighter brights and darker blacks, don't think this image is going to blind you with brightness. Overall, the print is not that much brighter, but there is a much better overall tone, color quality, and detail. The HDR really brings out the colors of Oz, the witches skin and fingernails, and you can see details in the witches costume that I have not seen before.
I redeemed the 4K Digital HD Code on VUDU. The VUDU 4K version specs are: 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. Roku doesn't support Dolby Vision so you'll get it in HDR10. The disc is Dolby Vision. The disc is definitely the best way to watch as I found the 4K HDR10 print to be a little grainer/fuzzier, but if you're in a room with no 4K UHD player, then streaming is your preferred option.
Should you upgrade from the 75th edition BluRay? YES!
The new 4K UHD bluray of The Wizard of Oz looks spectacular! The vibrancy of the colors and the improved detail are amazing to see. This is the oldest film to yet be given the full 4K treatment and it proves just what a phenomenal difference 4K can make, even with a title from so long ago. With films from this period of time, film grain must of course be contended with. The grain varies, becoming more or less prevalent from scene to scene, but the overall image upgrade more than makes up for it in every way. They have really pulled out all the stops for the edition, including an upgraded soundtrack and even the inclusion of Dolby Vision HDR encoding! If you love this film, like so many millions over the years have, this is without question the finest this film has ever looked. If you have a 4K TV with HDR at home (and a 4K bluray player), it would be criminal to purchase any other edition of this beloved classic.
I've always liked this movie and all the graphics look great seeing it in 4K for the first time. If you haven't seen the wizard of Oz in 4K, you need to! There's no other film that you could watch that is like the wizard of Oz! In my opinion it is a must have movie that everyone should have in their collection. It's a really creative fun movie to watch.
The Wizard of Oz gets the 4K Steelbook it deserves
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
Beautiful movie and steelbook! THIS is the version to get folks, if you don't own it already. The steelbook is gorgeous and the 4K of this movie has it looking better than ever before, hands down.
There is no dirt in the film at all and the lion's tale "wire" has been digitally removed in scenes where his tale is visible and moving back and forth. Before, in older versions, you can clearly see the black wire holding his tale up if you look closely.
So, watch that 4K version on your 4K TV and player and I promise you will have an experience like you have not had before.