The 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of The Wizard of Oz has landed on Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D and it is something truly special to behold. The Wizard of Oz 3D trailer teased the film’s return to theaters for a short run in late September and now that digitally re-mastered classic has come home with sights and sounds unlike anything fans of the classic 1939 movie have ever seen.
As you can see from this The Wizard of Oz restoration clip, Warner Bros. experts painstakingly took every frame of the Frank Baum page-to-screen iconic screen experience and crafted something truly special. Judy Garland has never looked or sounded better skipping down that Yellow Brick Road!
The new two-disc collection features over two hours of never-before-seen extras, including the all-new The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, narrated by Martin Sheen.
What is so fascinating about that doc is that there are history lessons in Hollywood and then there is The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is almost like viewers are taking in the birth of the modern all-color, singing and dancing institution that movie musicals would become. Without The Wizard of Oz, it’s hard to imagine classics like Singin' in the Rain even coming to be.
The commentary track laid down by film historian John Fricke and narrated by the late Sydney Pollack is a priceless addition to The Wizard of Oz viewing experience. Toss in insight from cast and crew members and fans of the film institution will have about as complete of a The Wizard of Oz understanding as can be provided without going back in time and seeing the film shot back in the 1930s! We particularly enjoyed the rare interviews with Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow), Jack Haley (the Tin Man) and Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West).
Millions know the soundtrack, word for word, and the Sing-Along Featurette is custom made for you. It is especially a fun adventure for children, new to the magic of The Wizard of Oz. What better way for a family to bond than over something that has brought families together for 75 years? Lyrics are provided on screen for Over the Rainbow, Munchkinland Medley, Follow the Yellow Brick Road/You're Off to See the Wizard, If I Only Had a Brain, If I Only Had a Heart, We're Off to See the Wizard, Optimistic Voices, The Merry Old Land of Oz, and If I Were King of the Forest.
The second disc in the release features previously released extras, but to have them in this newly packaged and re-mastered 3D set produces a The Wizard of Oz home video set that will be all you’ll ever need.
Our favorite of those bonus features is the Angela Lansbury-condensed read of Baum’s original book, as well as a series of biographies (also narrated by Lansbury) on the cast and filmmakers.