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The Wizard Of Oz 4K UHD Review

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“The Wizard Of Oz” is one of the best films ever made period.

If you don’t know the story of the 1939 musical fantasy classic, I would be shocked. It’s the classic story of Dorothy and her dog Toto living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt and Uncle. When Toto becomes endangered, Dorothy runs away with him. She eventually changes her mind, but, in the process, she gets caught up in a tornado and is eventually whisked away to the merry old Land of Oz (or is she?). While there, she meets a Good Witch, Munchkins, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow who help her on her quest to get back home. Unfortunately, the Wicked Witch of the West stands in her way of doing that…

To be upfront, director Victor Fleming and King Vidor’s “The Wizard Of Oz” is a top 10 all-time movie for me. It’s a timeless cinematic treasure that illustrates the power cinema can have. The messages and themes are poignant, the production values (the costumes and sets) are pure old Hollywood magic, the characters are as iconic as can be, the songs (such as “Over The Rainbow” and “If I Only Had A Brain”) are perfection, the script is endlessly quotable, the villain (The Wicked Witch of the West) is legitimately menacing, and so on and so forth. It has everything you could want from a movie and then some.

You can’t ask for a better cast either. Could you imagine anyone else in these roles? I think not. Judy Garland was never better than she was as Dorothy. From her chemistry with fellow cast members to her enchanting singing, she gives a near flawless performance. Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), and especially Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West) are pitch perfect. They have the tough task of bringing these fantastical characters to life and they do it with ease.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 2160p. How does it look? It’s been quite a week for 4K releases with “It’s A Wonderful Life” and now “The Wizard Of Oz.” Having seen this film countless times in many formats, I can honestly say the movie has never looked better. The richness of the colors has to be seen.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A layered 5.1 track. The songs particularly sound super crisp and clear.

Extras:
* “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz: The Making Of A Movie Classic”- A vintage 51 minute special hosted by Angela Lansbury about the legacy, popularity, and history of this classic film.
* Commentary on the 4K and Blu-ray discs by Sydney Pollack, John Fricke, Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John and Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren. The fact filled commentary contains a plethora of archival interview clips.
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* 7 “The Wizard Of Oz” trailers
* Broadway, Pre-MGM, sketches and storyboards, costume and makeup tests, Richard Thorpe’s Oz, Buddy Ebsen, Oz Comes To Life, Behind The Scenes, Portraits, Special Effects, Post Production, Deleted Scenes, Original Publicity, Hollywood Premiere, New York Premiere, Academy Awards Ceremony, Oz Abroad and Oz Revivals still galleries.
* A 1950 Radio Drama
* The 61 minute Good News of 1939 Radio Show
* “Leo Is On The Air” Radio Promo.
* Audio Jukebox featuring “The Wizard Of Oz” songs and alternate recordings of them.
* Original Mono track (on the Blu-ray) and a sing-along option
* Music and effects track
* “We Haven’t Really Met Properly…”- Cast profiles for Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, and Terry the dog.
* “The Wonderful Wizard Of Storybook”- Angela Lansbury reads a condensed story accompanied by motion visuals.
* The 69 minute “The Making Of Wizard Of Oz.”

October 27, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , , ,

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