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September 29, 2009

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DVD of the Week – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

by HELEN GEIB

Billed as the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, this new DVD edition of The Wizard of Oz is a re-release of the 2005 3-disc restoration edition with yet more extras. Extras from the 2005 set, all repeated in this set, include a “behind the scenes” feature on the restoration, a commentary track by film critic John Fricke, profiles of the actors and clips of their work in other films, vintage interviews with the cast, outtakes and deleted scenes, a documentary on the making of the film and other behind the scenes features, and complete versions of four silent film adaptations of Oz stories. And much more.

New to this edition is a short documentary on director Victor Fleming called Victor Fleming: Master Craftsman, a 1990 made for TV biopic of L. Frank Baum called The Dreamer of Oz, a 1951 Oz movie The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and a 1933 Technicolor Oz cartoon short. The final disc in the set has a digital copy of The Wizard of Oz. There’s also a 52 page booklet Behind the Curtain of Production 1060, which has production photos, cast bios, and other material, a replica of a promotional booklet sent to theater owners, and a copy of the original production budget. There’s even a commemorative wristwatch.

The Collector’s Edition set is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Other new releases this week: Away We Go, Management, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrink


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  1. Nir Shalev
    Sep 30 2009

    I would LOVE to see this on Blu-ray.
    What’s most amazing is that Victor Fleming had managed to release this film AND “Gone With the Wind” in the same year, two of the greatest American films ever made and competing, basically for the same Oscars.

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