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The Wizard Of Oz 3D

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
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If you’re a friend of Dorothy’s, get this Blu-ray Collector’s Edition.

Released in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" has perhaps been the film with the greatest impact on American life - and for $35, not only can you finally own the film as it was seen nearly seventy-five years ago, but if you are 3D capable, you can also delight in the 75th Anniversary 3D re-release which hit cinemas last month.

Here it is, the original tale that became a perennial favorite to millions the world over: Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto (Toto) are caught in a Kansas tornado and unceremoniously dumped in the magical land of Oz - and onto the head of the Wicked Witch of the East. Celebrations of the vertically-challenged Munchkins over the untimely death of the witch are cut short as the witch’s sister appears and threatens Dorothy, demanding the return of the enchanted ruby slippers which now appear to be glued to Dorothy’s feet. In an attempt to get back to Kansas before the witch kills her, Dorothy bands together with the brainless Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) and the heartless Tin Man (Jack Haley) and travels to the Emerald City, where she begs the help of the Wizard of Oz only to find that her journey has barely begun.

Based on L. Frank Baum’s book, the film has survived as one of America’s celluloid pastimes. It’s a bit precious in this day, with special effects more charming than cool and production values that pale next to today’s oversized location productions. The fact that it still resonates is testimony to its near-mythic script and evergreen values: adventures await in the world, but for all of their rich colors and excitement, there’s no place like home.

See what EDGE’s National Arts & Entertainment Editor Robert Nesti had to say about the recent 3D release in cinemas.

Special Features ::

- ALL-NEW Documentary! The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz-This 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.

- Commentary by Historian John Fricke with the film’s cast and crew

- Sing Along Feature

The Wizard Of Oz 3D
3D Blu-ray / Blu-ray / Digital Copy
$35.00
http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his husband and daughter in Dedham MA.

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