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The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition): Okay, Let's be a Little Nostalgic! No Harm in That.
Starring Julie Garland
BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)

"The Wizard of Oz Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has the sharp 2005 restoration using Warner's Ultra Resolution process and an accompanying featurette on how it's done. The technicians also discuss how the sound was remixed, though that would have been more effective had it included surround-sound demonstrations (the featurette is in 2.0). Other features include a commentary track by critic John Fricke supplemented by vintage cast interviews (he offers a lot of trivia, and debunks the myth that Shirley Temple was ever close to getting the Dorothy role); profiles of nine cast members and clips of other movies they appeared in (including Toto); a lightly animated 10-minute storybook narrated by Angela Lansbury; and the original mono track and a music-and-effects track.

"New is a sing-along track that you can turn on as you watch the movie or you can select from 10 numbers to sing along with karaoke-style subtitles. The second disc has the Lansbury-hosted documentary The Making of a Movie Classic; outtakes and deleted scenes, including Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" reprise and the home-movie recording of "The Jitterbug"; sketches and stills and composer Harold Arlen's home movies; audio underscores and radio programs; 1979 interviews with Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, and Jack Haley; 2001 and 2005 behind-the-scenes featurettes; a 1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast; and other items too numerous to mention."

Special Features:

Commentary by Historian John Fricke Including Archival Interviews with Cast, Crew and Family
Restoration Featurette
Illustrated Video Storybook
Supporting Cast Profile Roundup
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic and Memories of Oz TV Specials
Archival, Making-of and Retrospective Featurettes
Harold Arlen's Home Movies
Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
Extensive Stills & Theatrical Trailer Galleries
Audio Vault (6 Hours +): Includes a Jukebox of Recording Session Materials, Radio Shows and Promos Off to See the Wizard TV Series Excerpt


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"Like most baby boomers, I've watched this film dozens of times in the past on broadcast TV, then VHS tape, then LaserDisc ... but I had never actually SEEN "The Wizard of Oz" until this newly restored DVD came out. It's an amazing transfer. The sepia-tone Kansas sequences are startlingly sharp and clear, and the Technicolored world "Over the Rainbow" is truly dazzling."
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