The Wizard of Oz (1939) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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The Wizard of Oz (1939) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
Rated: G/Region O/1:36/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Brothers

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. 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 a 4’11” sixteen year old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”– the incomparable Judy Garland.

The Wizard of Oz is one of those timeless classics that just seems to get better and better as time goes on. Now here we are with this classic hitting 4K and I can tell you right now that this is the hands-down best this movie has ever looked and I don’t care how many K’s we ever get to, I don’t think it’ll look better than this. The story tells of a girl named Dorthy who after a bad storm ends up in the land of Oz where she and some weird new friends (Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion) must work together to save Oz and themselves from a wicked Witch. It’s a fantasy story that was extremely cutting edge for its time and it is one of those movies that never does seem to get old no matter how many times you’ve watched it and trust me I believe this because I’ve seen this movie a whole heck of a lot of times. When I was a kid I loved when this movie would come on TV and now I have it here on 4K from Warner to watch it anytime I wish and I feel all of you should get this release if you love this movie already or you just want to see it for the first time.

This 4K release celebrates the 80th year of The Wizard of Oz and it comes with both a 4K disc and a Blu-ray disc as well. The entire package has lots of cool extras that I will list below, but most of the extras are on the Blu-ray disc with the 4K packing a commentary and a making-of special. Everything else is on the Blu-ray disc. A lot of the great music from this one is celebrated on that Blu-ray disc and that’s a cool thing because you can’t talk The Wizard of Oz without talking about the music from the movie. All in all, I think Warner Brothers did a great job of putting this release together. It has the timeless classic and it has it as it has never been seen before in 4K. Add that in with all the extras and we have one of the year’s best releases and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to check it out.

Extras

– BRAND NEW 8K 16-BIT SCAN OF THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR CAMERA NEGATIVE
– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
– Optional English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Complex Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German SDH, Italian SDH, Japanese, Norwegian, and Swedish subtitles for the main feature
– 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…(9 part Featurette)
– 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
– Trailers

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%

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