Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Probably the most anticipated film on this format, or any format for that matter is Victor Fleming’s 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Much like It’s a Wonderful Life the movie is a part of pop culture to the extreme, and has been released and re released a dozen plus times over the years of home video. When someone says “pick a movie from your childhood that you absolutely can not live with out” and no matter what, I come back to this one. I grew up as a little kid watching on a 13 inch Goldstar TV and having my mother play the VHS so many times that I literally wore out two copies. Fast forward to my adult years and I’ve spent more money buying and rebuying this film than I have on copies of Star Wars (which is saying something). Now we get the joy of an 80th anniversary edition in 4K, with Warner going back to the technicolor negative and giving us an amazing 8K master to enjoy on the latest and greatest home video format.
Dorothy (Judy Garland) is a precious young teenage girl who is frustrated at living in poor and dusty Kansas back in the 1800s. Her uncle and aunt are struggling to save their chicks from a broken incubator, her nasty neighbor wants to take her dog Toto (Terry the terrier) from her, and all she can think of to do is run away from her family. However, a nasty tornado whips through Kansas, uprooting the poor girl in her house and dropping her off at the magical land of Oz (and on top of the wicked witch of the east, and ticking off said witches sister). Now it’s up to Dorothy to take the magical slippers of the witch she killed and follow the yellow brick road to the wizard of Oz so that he can send her home to Kansas once more.
The Wizard of Oz is a completely magical film, and one that has been with me every since I was a six year old child. For an 80 year old film it’s incredible just how busy and ambitious the thing is. Not only does the movie’s plot revolve around illusions (both literal and emotional), but it’s also an illusion itself. Nothing is real in the film, nothing at all. The entire thing was filmed on a studio lot with matte background paintings, entire set pieces built from nothing, and costumes and designs that boggle the mind knowing what they had to work with back then. It’s just so deep and insightful, pushing the boundaries of a children’s movie and integrating some thoughtful commentary on life and our obsession with illusions. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or you, The Wizard of Oz has something for everyone, and it can not be denied just how massive an impact it had on modern cinematic stories either.
Rated G By the MPAA
4K Video: Video:
• The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
• The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook (narrated by Angela Lansbury)
• We Haven't Really Met Properly…
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Frank Morgan"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Ray Bolger"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Bert Lahr"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Jack Haley"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Billie Burke"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Margaret Hamilton"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Charley Grapewin"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Clara Blandick"
-- We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Terry"
• Music & Effects Track
• Original Mono Track
• Sing Along Tracks
• Audio Jukebox
• Leo is on the Air Radio Promo
• Good News of 1939 Radio Show
• 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Broadcast
• Stills Galleries
-- Oz on Broadway
-- Sketches and Storyboards
-- Richard Thorpe's Oz
-- Buddy Ebsen
-- Oz Comes to Life
-- Behind the Scenes
-- Special Effects
-- Post Production
-- Deleted Scenes
-- Original Publicity
-- 8/15/1939 Hollywood Premiere
-- 8/17/1939 New York Premiere
-- 2/29/1940 Academy Awards® Ceremony
-- Oz Abroad
-- Oz Revivals
The Wizard of Oz is a fantastic big of G rated, family friendly, entertainment. The classic story about looking within for your strength is one of the most highly rated classics for a good reason, with a stunning performance by Judy Garland and absolutely sumptuous special effects for an 80 year old movie. Warner Brothers has really blown this up big time with a fantastic new scan of the negative, as well as a slightly tweaked audio track. Again, I must reiterate that I’m slightly peeved that the original Mono track wasn’t presented on this disc, but this set is jam packed with extras and the new video transfer almost makes up for that slight faux pas. Highly recommended.
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Written by: Florence Ryerson, Noel Langley, Edgar Allan Woolf
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin), French, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Arabic DD Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Complex Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German SDH, Italian SDH, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: October 29th, 2019
Recommendation: VERY Highly Recommended