Warner Bros.
Chris Nashawaty
September 16, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Wizard of Oz

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
1 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/25/39
performer
Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan
director
Victor Fleming
Producers
MGM, Warner Home Video
distributor
MGM
author
Noel Langley
genre
musical, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A

Classic-movie buffs love to go on and on about how 1939 was the greatest year in Hollywood history. And it’s easy to see why. After all, that was the annus mirabilis of Gone With the Wind, The Women, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and, of course, Victor Fleming’s Technicolor fantasia about a young girl from Kansas named Dorothy. Maybe the greatest kids’ film made for grown-ups (or grown-up film made for kids, for that matter), The Wizard of Oz also looks better at 70 than it has any right to, thanks to the miraculous digital face-lift at the heart of this ridiculously over-the-top new boxed set. Whether you pick up the relatively no-frills two-disc Special Edition ($24.98), or back up the Brink’s truck for the four-disc Blu-ray Ultimate Collector’s Edition ($84.99) or the five-disc standard Ultimate Collector’s ? Edition ($69.92), you’ll see Dorothy’s ruby slippers at their rubiest. All three versions also come with a karaoke-style sing-along feature that allows you to belt out classics like ”Over ? the Rainbow” with Judy Garland. But if you need more, the Collector’s Editions go deeper, with more than four hours of new featurettes about Fleming, the surviving Munchkins, and creator L. Frank Baum — not to mention a ? 52-page coffee-table book, an Oz wristwatch, and…okay, enough. We surrender, Dorothy. A

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