I got my copy of the Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Two Disc DVD and all I can say is “wow”. I should have prefaced that by saying that I have always been a fan of the “Wizard of Oz.” So it was a but of a no-brainer that I would pick up this move in one form of the other and I have had many over the years, but this newest edition is the best I have owned so far.
I have a decent HDTV and the film looked great. Which is a must for me with the Wizard of Oz. I mean its built right into the story that you should be wowed by the sparkle and color of Oz and I was. Now, I would love to see this thing on BR, because the DVD remaster and transfer turned out so well. That in Blu-Ray it must be like visiting Oz in person.
I am admittedly not an audiophile, but the film sounded great on my home 5.1 setup and as a cool bonus they included the original mono track. Now I have heard a lot made about Mono audio tracks revealing a lot of nuance that is lost in a remix. I have it a shot, but found it difficult to do when I knew I had a more familiar feeling stereo track just a click away. I will need to go back and give it a shot later.
The DVD is chock full of special features. This is just on disc 1:
* Sing-along Track (NEW)
* Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman (daughter of Arthur Freed), Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr (son of Bert Lahr), Jane Lahr (daughter of Bert Lahr), Hamilton Meserve (son of Margaret Hamilton), Dona Massin (MGM choreographer), William Tuttle (make-up artist), Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy, and Jerry Maren
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook
* Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz
* We Haven’t Really Met Properly
* Music and Effects Track
Plus you can get a 2nd disc that had the following –
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic [1990 TV special]
* Memories of Oz [2001 TCM documentary]
* The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz
* Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz
* Harold Arlen’s Home Movies
* Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
* It’s a Twister! It’s a Twister! The Tornado Tests
* Off to See the Wizard
* 3 Vault Shorts
* Audio Jukebox Selection
* Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
* Good News of 1939 Radio Show
* 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
* Still Galleries
* Six Theatrical Trailers
Whew what a great set and what a great addition to your collection. So if you do not own the Wizard of Oz or have been sitting on a copy waiting for a reason to upgrade, jump on over to Amazon and pick up a copy at the bargain price of 6.99. It is also available in crazy awesome looking Blu-Ray version.
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