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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1939)

As one of the best-loved musicals of the 20th century, The Wizard of Oz had a wonderful selection of now-classic movie tunes.   They include:

  • Over the Rainbow – Dorothy (Judy Garland)
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are – Glinda (Billie Burke) / The Munchkins (Singer’s Midgets, billed as The Singer Midgets in the film’s closing credits)
  • It Really Was No Miracle – Judy Garland and the Munchkins
  • Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – The Munchkins
  • The Lullaby League – Three Munchkin girls (Betty Rome, Carol Tevis, Lorraine Bridges)
  • The Lollipop Guild – Three Munchkin boys (Billy Bletcher, Jerry Maren, Cliff Edwards)
  • We Welcome You to Munchkinland – The Munchkins
  • You’re Off to See the Wizard – The Munchkins
  • If I Only Had A Brain – Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)/Judy Garland
  • We’re Off to See the Wizard – Judy Garland / Ray Bolger / Buddy Ebsen (pre-recorded) / Bert Lahr
  • If I Only Had A Heart – Tin Man (Jack Haley)
  • If I Only Had The Nerve– Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr)
  • The Merry Old Land Of Oz – Carriage Driver at Emerald City (Frank Morgan) / Judy Garland / Ray Bolger / Bert Lahr / Jack Haley / Citizens of the Emerald City
  • If I Were King Of The Forest – Bert Lahr
  • The Jitterbug (cut from the film) – Judy Garland / Ray Bolger / Jack Haley / Bert Lahr

Editorial review of The Wizard of Oz, courtesy of Amazon.com

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When it was released during Hollywood’s golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz 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

DVD features

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 — €œThe 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 Horiuchi

Product Description of The Wizard of Oz

An All-New Wizard of Oz With State of The Art Ultra-Resolution Picture Quality and Over 10 Hours of Bonus Extras.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:
Commentary by John Fricke and multiple cast and crew members.
Biographies:We Haven’t Really Met Properly – includes 9 orginal cast biographies
Deleted Scenes:If I Only Had a Brain; If I Only Had a Heart; Triumphal Return to Emerald City; Over the Rainbow; The Jitterbug
Documentary:Memories of Oz -2001 TCM documentary
Featurette:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook; Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz; The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz; Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz
Music Clips:Audio Vault Includes: Over the Rainbow; Munchkinland Medley Rehearsal Recordings; Munchkinland Medley Sequence Recordings; Munchkinland Medley Voice Tests; If I Only Had a Brain; We’re Off to See the Wizard; If I Only Had a Heart; If I Only Had the Nerve/We?re Off to See the Wizard; Emerald City/The Merry Old Land of Oz; If I Were King of the Forest; The Jitterbug; Over the Rainbow/Triumphal Return to Emerald City; Kansas Underscoring; Munchkinland Underscoring; and more
Music Only Track
Newsreel:Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Excerpt – 1939 newsreel
Other:Another Romance of Celluloid: Electrical Power – 1938 MGM short; Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo; Good News of 1939 Radio Show; 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
Photo gallery:Oz on Broadway; Pre-MGM; Sketches and Storyboards; Costume and Make-up Tests; Richard Thorpe’s Oz; Buddy Ebsen; Oz Comes to Life; Behind the Scenes; Portraits; Special Effects; Post Production; Deleted Scenes; Original Publicity
TV Special:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic – 1990 TV special
Theatrical Trailer:1939 What is Oz? Teaser; 1940 Loews Cairo Theater Trailer; 1949 Re-issue Trailer; 1949 Grownup Re-issue Trailer; 1970 Children’s Matinee Re-issue Trailer; 1998 Warner Bros. Re-issue Trailer; Texas Contest Winners [1939 trailer]

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