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The Wizard of Oz

The classic 1939 MGM musical fantasy starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, and Margaret Hamilton.

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One of My Favorite Films!

  • May 8, 2009
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Anyone growing up in the 60's can remember that this movie was an annual must see tv event! Even 40 years later it still is as fresh as when it was first released. They don't make em like this anymore and it is quite a shame. The innocent Dorathy, conked on the head during a tornado, is mysteriously tranported to a world that comes alive with color.

She awakens in the psychodelic land of the Munchkins and immediately becomes a target for the Wicked Witch of the West. Protected by the beautiful Glenda and charmed by the entertaining Munchkins, Dorathy sets off for the city of OZ where she hopes to find the wizard that will be able to send her home back to Kansas. Along the way she meets three friends who become some of the most memorable characters in movie history.

Interesting documentary footage added to the end showing Buddy Ebsen as the Tin Man and scenes that never made the movie.

This is a movie for both adults and kids of all ages. My own kids started watching it from the time they were 3!

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September 09, 2009
I think it would have been an even better movie with Ebsen in it. I never could stand Jack Haley. He's the film's one weakness.
September 09, 2009
At the end of the DVD I have, they show Ebsen doing a number as the Tin Man and he did look good. Perhaps they would have given him a bigger role as Haley seemed to have a much smaller part than Roy Bolger and Bert Lahr.
September 09, 2009
I don't own this copy but I have seen the footage before. He did start out as a dancer. He was around for so ong as an actor that it's hard for people to remember his realy early stuff. He even danced with Shirley Temple!
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Quick Tip by . October 21, 2012
A great-loved musical which was a breakthrough in colorization. Made by people who were either very, very high or expected their audiences to be.
Quick Tip by . February 07, 2012
Not even remotely close to being faithful to the book but it doesn't matter, does it, with catchy-ass tunes, an unforgettable cast and fantasy beyond the rainbow of imagination.
Quick Tip by . November 18, 2011
One of the foundations to my vivid imagination. Has possibly every element in a tall tale that is closer to life than one can imagine. I have watched it more than any other movie in my life!
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Iconic and influencial in many ways, a delightful fantasy adventure for the family
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
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This movie is a classic for a reason. I have discovered as well than on of the best formats in which to watch it is during a local summer movie festival in a park.
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
This movie was made in 1939, which certainly makes it a classic vintage film. There are some variations from the book in the film that are interesting to note. Read the book and watch the film and you'll have fun  comparing the two versions.
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
Great film, I love the tin man. always remember, "disregard the man behind the curtain."
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
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This movie is a Classic that never gets old. It brings back memories every time I see it.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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The film was way ahead of its time, even eerie at times. Definitely a legendary classic that everyone should see.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
it's a classic! you must see this before you die or else
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The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical film directed by Victor Fleming (and uncredited others) from a script mostly by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, with uncredited contributions by others. It was based on the 1900 children's novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum, with fantasy elements. It features Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins. Notable in its use of special effects, use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling and unusual characters, The Wizard of Oz has become, over the years, one of the best known of all films. Its impact, however, was not nearly as strongly felt at the time of its original release.

Dorothy Gale, a 12-year-old Kansas farmgirl, is knocked unconscious during a tornado. She, her dog Toto, and the farmhouse are transported to the magical Land of Oz. She sets out on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to return her to Kansas. During her journey, she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, who join her, hoping to receive what they lack themselves (a brain, a heart and courage, respectively). They are pursued by the Wicked Witch of the West, who wants her dead sister's magic ruby slippers, now worn by Dorothy.

Initially, The Wizard of Oz made only a small profit due to its enormous budget, despite largely favorable critical reviews. ...
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Director: Victor Fleming
Genre: Adventure, Classics, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Release Date: August 25, 1939
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: 1999, 2005, 2009
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment
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