The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

DVD - 2009 | 2-disc special ed.
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Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. She has a pet dog named Toto. When Miss Gulch takes Toto away, Toto escapes and runs back to Dorothy. Soon, she runs away from home, and runs into the fake psychic, Professor Marvel. He tells Dorothy that her Auntie Em is sick, so Dorothy and Toto run back home, but a tornado comes and takes Dorothy and Toto to Oz, a place somewhere over the rainbow. She lands in Munchkinland. Her house accidentally lands on the Wicked Witch of the West's sister and Dorothy magically inherits the pair of ruby slippers that were on her feet. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to see the Wizard so she can get back home. Along the way, she befriends Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. They are also seeking help from the Wizard because the Scarecrow needs a brain, Tinman needs a heart, and Lion needs courage.

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It's hard to argue with the one of cinema's iconic movies. Yet it's very easy to question the intent of "The Good Witch" Glenda, bringing in an outsider to eliminate the other witches.


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yellow_zebra_264
May 25, 2020

Released in 1939, one of Hollywood’s finest years in motion pictures, “The Wizard of Oz” was and still is an extraordinary film. As revolutionary then as it is entertaining now, this classic movie contains an intriguing shift from black and white to color that almost seems magical. The sets are stunning for their time and the songs and dialogue are unforgettable. This is a classic piece of cinematic history that is a treat to anyone who loves movies!

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Moon_Spinner
Feb 27, 2020

For me - 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" is one of those truly remarkable make-believe stories from yesteryear that is such an all-round impressive production (cast, songs, costumes, sets) that its overall appeal never seems to wane, or get stale, nor become dated.

Over these many years I cannot accurately recall how many times I've viewed "The Wizard of Oz" - But, I'll tell you that with each subsequent viewing I find myself (one more time) being pleasantly charmed by this film's unique magic, over and over again.

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Beat_Box
Feb 18, 2020

You know, every once in a while I like to enjoy the experience of viewing "The Wizard of Oz" all over again (mainly from a nostalgic perspective).

And, it seems that each time that I do watch this particular fantasy/musical/adventure picture, I find that my keen interest in its story is immediately renewed all over again.

Anyway - (IMO) - 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" (regardless of its pre-CGI special effects) is, without question, a bona-fide classic that stands the test of time.

🌪🏠 (*Honourable Movie Quote*) (and The Moral of the Story): "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

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ManMachine
Jul 30, 2019

(*Memorable movie quote*) - "Lions (!?) and Tigers (!?) and Bears (!?) - Oh, My!!" (Repeat!)

Heels click, spells are cast, and houses fly over the rainbow in this marvelous Technicolor Fantasy/Adventure story from Hollywood's glorious heyday.

Beautiful set-designs, impressive make-up effects, memorable songs, and a wonderful cast all add up to a truly dazzling movie-experience.

1939's "The Wizard of Oz" is, without question, an ultimate and incomparable classic from yesteryear.

"Oh, Auntie Em.... There's no place like home!"

(*Be sure to watch the iconic Judy Garland "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" music-video*)

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Derringer
Jul 27, 2019

"The Wizard of Oz" is probably one of the most famous Hollywood films of the 1930's and, maybe, even the 1940's. No matter what age a person might be they are all familiar with this one. Ask anyone to name one of the most popular films of that particular era in film history and, you can bet, 8 times out of 10, that they'll say "The Wizard of Oz".

As I understand it, when this film was first released in 1939 it really wasn't a colossal hit. I mean, it did do well enough at the box-office. But it wasn't a mega-hit. It wasn't until the 1950's and the coming of TV where it was broadcast as an annual movie-event at Christmastime that it attracted a humongous audience and from there it became one of the most phenomenally popular films of all time.

Anyway - As the story goes - Personally, it's beyond me why Dorothy was so adamant about returning to the dry, drab, and dismal living conditions of Kansas. Oz was such a magnificent place to hang. Everything was so alive and colorful by contrast. Surely, with the help of Glynda and, now, the Scarecrow (with his diploma) they could've figured out the power of those Ruby Slippers and then sent for Auntie Em and the rest of Dorothy's loved ones to come be with her in this wonderful, marvelous place.

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Fredgarmin
Jul 07, 2019

Pretty good movie for being 80 years old. Some classic songs and classic lines which are still used today. The best line, which I don’t hear often, was when the scarecrow said, “a lot of people don’t have brains and that doesn’t stop them from talking.” (Drum roll, Henny Youngman.)

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jmreid1220
Feb 28, 2019

It holds up. It really does. I still have fond memories of watching this one and being amazed by the transition to the Land of Oz. It seems that each time I view The Wizard of Oz, I see something new.

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JenCincy
Dec 28, 2018

A truly iconic movie with a fantastic cast and innovative features for the time it was produced (such as the mesmerizing change from the sepia tones of Kansas to the full technicolor glory of Oz)!

A classic that is fun to watch and iconic throughout. Some parts of it have not aged particularly well.

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reginator_22
Jan 21, 2018

"There's no place like home"

SpeedReader14 Jun 19, 2013

Dorothy Gale: "Oh, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "What would you do with a brain if you had one?"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wicked Witch of the West: "Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Cowardly Lion: "I DO believe in spooks! I DO believe in spooks! I do, I do, I do, I do, I DO believe in spooks!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wicked Witch of the West: "You cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I'm going! Oooooh! Oooooooooh!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "Please, sir. We've done what you told us. We brought you the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her!" Wizard of Oz: "Oh, you liquidated her, eh? Very resourceful!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wizard of Oz: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorthy: "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home..."

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May 25, 2020

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Mar 17, 2019

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yellow_zebra_264
May 25, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Parent’s Guide: As already stated below, for younger children the wicked witch can be quite creepy.

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Dec 16, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It is a little scary when the Wicked Witch of the west is doing things.

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ManMachine
Jul 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dorothy's encounters with the Wicked Witch of the West are pretty intense.

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