Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” is getting a special release on 4K UHD and Digital on October 29th. Victor Fleming (who directed “Gone With the Wind” the same year) directed the fantasy-adventure for the studio. Judy Garland stars in the film as the iconic Dorothy Gayle, and the story was adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s tale. “The Wizard of Oz” officially premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. Mervyn LeRoy produced the film, and the movie was scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen, and E.Y. Harburg.
Fans of the movie can order the 4K UHD Blu-ray version right here on Amazon and have it ready for release day.
The other castings include Ray Bolger as the brainless Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, and Jack Haley as the heartless Tin Woodman. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the “wonderful Wizard” himself.
“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 a critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when MGM reissued the film in 1949 and 1955.
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 4K version was created using a new 8K 16bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative, which became the basis for the 4K UHD scan. The process was overseen by MPI colorist Janet Wilson, who has overseen every remaster of The Wizard of Oz for the past 20 years.
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