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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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A Quick Tip by MNeulander

  • Aug 24, 2010
Great film, I love the tin man. always remember, "disregard the man behind the curtain."
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Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Iconic and influencial in many ways, a delightful fantasy adventure for the family
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 . June 03, 2010
The greatest American film, the first true classic fantasy film, and the most beloved family film of all time! A virtually perfect film. Flying monkeys, gay lions, fraudulent wizards, and Gothic castles. What's not to love?! : )
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
The Scarecrew is a fav.
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
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Quite simply the greatest American film of all time, not to mention the best fantasy film ever and the best musical. Beloved and timeless!!!
Quick Tip by . September 03, 2009
"There's no place like home"....prophetic theme that hits the nail on the head in this 1939 movie classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ- wonderful cast.
review by . July 10, 2003
What a joy to see this classic film in the DVD format, accompanied by so much interesting background material which includes the documentary "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic," hosted by Angela Lansbury; various out takes, including the rarely seen "Jitterbug" dance; interviews of Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton; and excerpts from previous versions of "Oz," including the 1914 and 1925 silent films and the 1933 cartoon version. Great stuff! How ironic that this …
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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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