The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

DVD - 2013
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One of the best-loved movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz (1939) stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, a young Kansas farm girl who is whisked away by a twister to the land of Oz. Accompanied by a brainless Scarecrow, a heartless Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, follow the Yellow Brick Road seeking the Wizard of Oz, in order that he may grant her wish to return home.
The 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.

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The Wizard of Oz is a classic film based off of a classic children's book about a young woman and her dog who are transported to another fantastical world and must seek out a wizard's help to return home. I know, I didn't mention ANY natural disasters in there...but my coworkers changed my mind a... Read More »


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cliftonb
Dec 23, 2020

While most everyone thinks this is one of the all-time best movies, having grown up in Kansas and traveled the world, it saddens me every time I have to defend Kansas because of the movie's depiction of Kansas; black and white, dry, weedy dust-bowl looking. Everyone always misses the point of the story, "There's no place like home," because even at the end, when Dorthey returns home, it's still ugly black and white. - So I have mixed feelings about the movie.

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yellow_zebra_264
May 25, 2020

Released in 1939, one of Hollywood’s finest years in motion pictures, “The Wizard of Oz” was and still is an extraordinary film. As revolutionary then as it is entertaining now, this classic movie contains an intriguing shift from black and white to color that almost seems magical. The sets are stunning for their time and the songs and dialogue are unforgettable. This is a classic piece of cinematic history that is a treat to anyone who loves movies!

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Bubba_Louie
Feb 27, 2020

For me - 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" is one of those truly remarkable make-believe stories from yesteryear that is such an all-round impressive production (cast, songs, costumes, sets) that its overall appeal never seems to wane, or get stale, nor become dated.

Over these many years I cannot accurately recall how many times I've viewed "The Wizard of Oz" - But, I'll tell you that with each subsequent viewing I find myself (one more time) being pleasantly charmed by this film's unique magic, over and over again.

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NeoNoir
Feb 18, 2020

You know, every once in a while I like to enjoy the experience of viewing "The Wizard of Oz" all over again (mainly from a nostalgic perspective).

And, it seems that each time that I do watch this particular fantasy/musical/adventure picture, I find that my keen interest in its story is immediately renewed all over again.

Anyway - (IMO) - 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" (regardless of its pre-CGI special effects) is, without question, a bona-fide classic that stands the test of time.

🌪🏠 (*Honourable Movie Quote*) (and The Moral of the Story): "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

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ManMachine
Jul 30, 2019

(*Memorable movie quote*) - "Lions (!?) and Tigers (!?) and Bears (!?) - Oh, My!!" (Repeat!)

Heels click, spells are cast, and houses fly over the rainbow in this marvelous Technicolor Fantasy/Adventure story from Hollywood's glorious heyday.

Beautiful set-designs, impressive make-up effects, memorable songs, and a wonderful cast all add up to a truly dazzling movie-experience.

1939's "The Wizard of Oz" is, without question, an ultimate and incomparable classic from yesteryear.

"Oh, Auntie Em.... There's no place like home!"

(*Be sure to watch the iconic Judy Garland "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" music-video*)

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Derringer
Jul 27, 2019

"The Wizard of Oz" is probably one of the most famous Hollywood films of the 1930's and, maybe, even the 1940's. No matter what age a person might be they are all familiar with this one. Ask anyone to name one of the most popular films of that particular era in film history and, you can bet, 8 times out of 10, that they'll say "The Wizard of Oz".

As I understand it, when this film was first released in 1939 it really wasn't a colossal hit. I mean, it did do well enough at the box-office. But it wasn't a mega-hit. It wasn't until the 1950's and the coming of TV where it was broadcast as an annual movie-event at Christmastime that it attracted a humongous audience and from there it became one of the most phenomenally popular films of all time.

Anyway - As the story goes - Personally, it's beyond me why Dorothy was so adamant about returning to the dry, drab, and dismal living conditions of Kansas. Oz was such a magnificent place to hang. Everything was so alive and colorful by contrast. Surely, with the help of Glynda and, now, the Scarecrow (with his diploma) they could've figured out the power of those Ruby Slippers and then sent for Auntie Em and the rest of Dorothy's loved ones to come be with her in this wonderful, marvelous place.

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Fredgarmin
Jul 07, 2019

Pretty good movie for being 80 years old. Some classic songs and classic lines which are still used today. The best line, which I don’t hear often, was when the scarecrow said, “a lot of people don’t have brains and that doesn’t stop them from talking.” (Drum roll, Henny Youngman.)

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jmreid1220
Feb 28, 2019

It holds up. It really does. I still have fond memories of watching this one and being amazed by the transition to the Land of Oz. It seems that each time I view The Wizard of Oz, I see something new.

A classic that is fun to watch and iconic throughout. Some parts of it have not aged particularly well.

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reginator_22
Jan 21, 2018

"There's no place like home"

SpeedReader14 Jun 19, 2013

Dorothy Gale: "Oh, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "What would you do with a brain if you had one?"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wicked Witch of the West: "Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Cowardly Lion: "I DO believe in spooks! I DO believe in spooks! I do, I do, I do, I do, I DO believe in spooks!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wicked Witch of the West: "You cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I'm going! Oooooh! Oooooooooh!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorothy: "Please, sir. We've done what you told us. We brought you the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her!" Wizard of Oz: "Oh, you liquidated her, eh? Very resourceful!"

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Wizard of Oz: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

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Monolith
Aug 25, 2012

Dorthy: "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home..."

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May 25, 2020

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Mar 17, 2019

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Dec 16, 2015

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Oct 09, 2013

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yellow_zebra_264
May 25, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Parent’s Guide: As already stated below, for younger children the wicked witch can be quite creepy.

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Dec 16, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It is a little scary when the Wicked Witch of the west is doing things.

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ManMachine
Jul 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dorothy's encounters with the Wicked Witch of the West are pretty intense.

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