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Wizard of Oz [Blu-ray 3D]

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the addition of the 3D conversion of The Wizard of Oz to their upcoming slate of Blu-ray releases, just in time for the film’s 75th Anniversary. The film was directed by Victor Fleming and was based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. The classic film famously starred Judy GarlandFrank MorganRay BolgerBert LahrJack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton. The Wizard of Oz will be available in a trio of Blu-ray releases beginning on October 1st.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Film Summary

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

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The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars — Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score — plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release, and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when MGM reissued the film in 1949 and 1955. The film made a new kind of history with its network television premiere in 1956 on CBS. Nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast, marking the beginning of an annual tradition. Ever since, The Wizard of Oz has been shown virtually annually on network (and then cable) television; its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture.

The 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Features

The 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is a five-disc set that will include Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film; a new documentary, additional bonus features and premium collectibles. Special features will include:

  • “The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a candid overview of how a troubled production overcame the odds to become an integral part of American culture features contributions from historians John Fricke and Sam Wasson, composers Stephen Schwartz and Marc Shaiman, critics Leonard Maltin and Michael Sragow, Bert Lahr’s son John as well as revealing interview clips with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Buddy Ebsen, Margaret Hamilton and Mervyn LeRoy, among others.
  • Exclusive Collectible Memorabilia, including a 75th Anniversary journal, Sparkle Ruby Slippers Globe, a 3-piece Noble Collection enamel pin set, a map of Oz, and a 48-page hardcover book.
  • All previously released bonus content

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released The Wizard of Oz to theaters on August 25, 1939. Victor Fleming, George Cukor directs the film which stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, and Ray Bolger.

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