HOT 4K NEWS
WARNER BROS. Home Entertainment announced today the 1939 American classic "The Wizard of Oz" will be released on 4K Ultra HD (disc and digital) October 29th for its 80th Anniversary. That's the same day "It's a Wonderful Life" arrives on 4K disc. "Oz" was sourced from an 8K 16-bit scan of the original Technicolor three-strip camera negative, which became the basis for the 4K UHD scan.
Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, "The Wizard of Oz" is widely considered to be one of the most influential films in cinematic history.
The film was produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Character actor Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the "wonderful Wizard" himself. Dorothy was portrayed by 16-year-old Judy Garland, who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer.”
"The Wizard of Oz" received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and captured two Oscars® -- Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when MGM reissued the film in 1949 and 1955.
Released to wide acclaim and recognition, and with a long-lasting legacy in the film world, "The Wizard of Oz" owns a place in multiple AFI lists, including: 100 Years… 100 Movies (#6); 100 Years… 100 Thrills (#43); 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains (#4); 100 Years… 100 Songs (#1); 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes (#4); and Greatest Movie Musicals (#3).
In 1989 "The Wizard of Oz" was part of the inaugural group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.
"The Wizard of Oz "will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame.
English, Castillian Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese
English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Complex Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German SDH, Italian SDH, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish
Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren.
· 1990 CBS Special “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic.”
Commentary- Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren
The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook (narrated by Angela Lansbury)
We Haven’t Really Met Properly…
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Frank Morgan"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Ray Bolger"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Bert Lahr"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Jack Haley"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Billie Burke"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Margaret Hamilton"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Charley Grapewin"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Clara Blandick"
We Haven't Really Met Properly: "Terry"
· Music & Effects Track
· Original Mono Track
· Sing Along Tracks
· Audio Jukebox
· Leo is on the Air Radio Promo
· Good News of 1939 Radio Show
· 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Broadcast
· Stills Galleries
Oz on Broadway
Sketches and Storyboards
Richard Thorpe’s Oz
Oz Comes to Life
Behind the Scenes
8/15/1939 Hollywood Premiere
8/17/1939 New York Premiere
2/29/1940 Academy Awards® Ceremony