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Deal of the Day: The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] $36.99

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Buy The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] for just $36.99

In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum novel, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

Review:

When it was released during Hollywood’s golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn’t start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn’t until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz‘s TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz–the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)–have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy’s enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film’s still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it’s loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it’s required viewing for kids of all ages

Buy The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] for just $36.99

Special Features

The movie in 1080p picture and Dolby TrueHD sound

Ultimate Collector’s Edition:

  • Limited-edition 70th-anniversary watch
  • Original 1939 campaign book reproduction
  • Behind the Curtain of Production 1060: 52-page commemorative book
  • Replica of original movie budget

All-new singalong feature (requires BD-Live or BonusView-enabled Blu-ray player)

Extras featuring the life and times of original author L. Frank Baum and early-screen adaptations of the Oz books, the original Baum silent The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and the complete The Magic Cloak of Oz

Nearly four hours of extras new to this collection, including a documentary profile of director Victor Fleming, the TV movie special The Dreamer of Oz, and the 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame salute to the Munchkins

MGM: When the Lion Roars bonus movie (standard DVD)

Buy The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] for just $36.99

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