Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary [3D] [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D] [1939]

In addition to a presentation of the family classic The Wizard of Oz, this release includes the documentary The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a look at not only the creation of the movie itself, but how it has remained an American classic for decades.
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1551 out of 1572)

Special Features


  • Including all-new feature-length documentary
  • The making of the Wizard of Oz - Discover how this unprecedented production overcame the odds to become a movie classic and an integral part of American culture
  • Plus Commentary by Historian John Fricke with the film's cast and crew
  • Sing-along feature

Synopsis


The Wizard of Oz
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Judy Garland
    Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale
  • Frank Morgan
    Frank Morgan - The Wizard of Oz
  • Ray Bolger
    Ray Bolger - The Scarecrow
  • Bert Lahr
    Bert Lahr - The Cowardly Lion
  • Jack Haley
    Jack Haley - The Tin Woodsman



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    That Wonderful Wizard of Ours!

    Posted
    Galadrielle

    The Wizard of Oz is for not only the young, but for the young at heart. In the role that made her a star, Judy Garland makes her signature song "Somewhere over the Rainbow" into a melody that is cherished by millions, while Margaret Hamilton's famous line "I'll get you, my pretty!" as the Witch of the West has been echoed for decades by girls who just want to have fun! Yet we feel Dorothy's sorrow and the Witch of the West's desire for power and revenge, yet we do feel sorry for her because Dorothy's house did, after all, fall on, and kill her sister! Ray Bolger plays the hunky farm hand Hunk - and the classic Scarecrow - with the finesse of the magnificent modern dancer he will always be remembered as, and, indeed, his wild and loose, yet controlled, dancing in The Wizard of Oz is still shown in dance classes throughout the country! The Wizard is also a very well-written part, and we slowly learn that he, like Dorothy, is simply a man from America's heartland who wants nothing more than to return home to the "amber waves of grain." Each and every costume, with the exception of Billie Burke's silly pink hat that closely resembles a wastebasket, is downright lovely. The witches' dresses reflect the glamour of the bygone days of the 19th century, and ladies who are 12 and over may delight in the fact that the online company Victorian Trading Company sells replicas of Hamilton's wickedly beautiful outfit! There is also some zany slapstick for one and all. We are cheered when Hamilton's other character, Kansas stinker Elvira Gulch gets a well-deserved swat, by Dorothy's gate, on the rear end! We also get a good laugh when Dorothy falls into a pigpen and when the Scarecrow attempts to feed Dorothy some apples by making faces at apple trees so that they will get mad at him and lob some of their fruit his way! While many faerie stories have their origins in other countries, the Wizard of Oz is 100% American! Young and old alike can sit back and enjoy this timeless classic that is truly and completely ours!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies of all time

    Posted
    Wilgive1
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    The one and only best movie of the wizard of oz. This edition has the best movie cover out of the version editions WB has released. The movie will always be a keeper. I only hope one day they will release a widescreen version of it and more bonus features with the movie spots and trailers of this movie. The movie is incredibly good with a great story and amazing actors and actresses. The color and picture quality is amazing as well. I hope the next release of this movie will be widescreen version and have the same picture with a slipcover and be 4k version soon as possible if possible because this movie deserves it completely. True that. If you love the wizard of oz books and the wizard of oz stuff. You will love this completely. I give it more than 5 stars even more then 10 stars if I could but either way I am greatful to have this from the amazing bestbuy. Bestbuy will always be my favorite electronics store. Always and forever. True that.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Movie, Good Overall Product

    Posted
    tripplesix
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    The movie is a classic. Is there anything more to say about the actual movie that is not already said? This blu ray version is a good overall release. I own the Special Ed. DVD release as well. THIS blu ray version only has 2 features that the DVD version does not have, "Sing-Along" and "Audio Jukebox." Every other feature on THIS release is also on the DVD release, which is a good thing. THIS release does give you a lot of bonus features. However, just so you know, in case you want to make a fully informed decision, the following features are on the dvd special ed. release and NOT on THIS blu ray release: "Prettier Than Ever - Restoration of Oz," "Memories of Oz," "Art of Imagination: Tribute to Oz," "Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: Legacy of Oz," "Harold Arlen's Home Movies,"Outtakes and Deleted Scenes" (I am surprised this is not on the blu ray), "It's A Twister, It's A Twister" and "Off to See the Wizard." I would still recommend THIS blu ray release though. Peace.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I AM GLAD THIS IS FINALLY ON BLU RAY!!

    Posted
    sunnyt1
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    The Wizard of OZ IS A GREAT MOVIE!! The fact that it is the movie's 75th anniversary is a testament to itself. Although I already have it on dvd, just made having it on blue ray even better! The sound and the color are amazing considering that color was not a regular option in 1939. There are many things I noticed on the sound track that were not as apparent on regular dvd format. Just listen to the 6th line that the winkie guards sing just before the scarecrow, tinman, the cowardly line and Toto go inside the witch's castle. Listen carefully or you will miss it when they chant the 6th line. I wasn't expecting any new extras, but there were a few I had not seen on the other dvd and vhs versions that I have. If you really like thr soundtrack, you also can listen to it by itself amongst other choices. I felt Best Buy's price of $12.99 was a great value. Good move!! This version is great for collector's and those who just love the movie alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie is Visually Improved with 3D

    Posted
    VNVAndy
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    It was very interesting to watch the Wizard of Oz in 3D. The presentation is visually improved vs. the 2D blu-ray version. In the 2D version, the resolution is so good that the painted backgrounds look like paint on walls, which is distracting in perspective shots such as Dorothy starting down the yellow brick road but stopping before she runs into the yellow road painted on the wall. In the 3D version, the producers put the backgrounds more into the background (slightly less focus or a narrower depth of field). This changes the experience completely for the better. This is now my preferred version of the movie. However, the 2D version blu-ray disc included with the set is lower quality than the 2D version you can purchase separately. I have both and compared them. So, if you want the 2D version I recommend purchasing separately.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Too much compression to get 5 stars!

    Posted
    Ducksoup

    During the signature "Over The Rainbow" number, they dropped the bit rate so low that Dorothy's dress is no longer checked, it's striped! 13 Mbits/sec when the technology lets you have over 30Mbits/sec -- and it's black & white (well, sepia and white)??? I know we're supposed to just be listening to the great singing, but changing a costume style because you don't feel like taking the time to get the video right loses you a star. Make the film pristine and dump some of the "extras" on the single disk version! Is this scene OK on the multi-disk version by any chance? The (color) trip to Oz is spectacular and makes this disk worth it. But why wimp out on the video for 50th anniversary copy? To make us buy the 60th anniversary copy???

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a trip, you know?

    Posted
    EugeneJacobson64
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    So I got this 3D TV, you know? There are a lot of cool movies to watch that support it too, but when I heard Wizard of Oz was available in 3d, I could not believe my ears. "It totally is, Eugene!" Proclaimed my best friend Leet Larry. I was like, "You're full of spit, you know?" but Larry insisted. He was right too, cuz when we got to Best Buy, I owed him 5 dollars. So I wasted no time and picked it up, and let me say, it's totally worth it. The movie is a real trip, even though it was shot in full screen. We played Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and drank Mountain Dew Baja Blast as we were mesmerized by Dorthy in 3d. The only problem is, Leet Larry forgot to blink and his eyes turned red. So let me say, this is a must buy, just make sure to blink and drink Mountain Dew when you watch it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sharing the Magic

    Posted
    Member
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    Two things compelled me to purchase this movie: my wife and my daughter, neither of whom had seen the movie. My daughter's reason was understandable, but my forehead is still furrowed by my wife's. I purchased the Blu-Ray Digital Copy combo pack. The picture and sound quality were as great as expected - the ruby shoes and yellow brick road really pop. Definitely skip the DVD if you have a high-def TV. I enjoyed the sepia Kansas sequences most, though. There is something magical to the adult me about antiquity and the passage of time. I'm glad to have been able to share the other magic of this film with my family. I purchased it at a very good discount so that was magical as well.

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