Wizard Of Oz (The)

     Catagory: Musical

     MPAA Rating: G

     Owned By: Keith

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Movie Details:   When MGM released The Wizard of Oz on DVD there was little doubt it was the best version on home video, but Warner Bros., which now has the rights to this title, has gone out of its way to give DVD owners the best-looking and best-sounding version of the film. The picture quality is as good, if not better, than the MGM version. The huge amounts of color in every frame come across perfectly. The sound quality is excellent. The film has a new 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. There's only so much that can be done for the sound with a film this old, but they did a fine job. The majority of the sound comes from the front-center speaker, with a little use of side and surround for music numbers, but everything is clear and very distinct. The highlight of this disc is the wealth of bonus material. While a good amount of these extras were previously available on the Ultimate Oz laserdisc, there is even more for DVD owners. One of the most interesting parts of the disc is a huge audio program that lets viewers hear outtakes of songs and other recorded material. It is a pleasure to hear Judy Garland sneeze in the middle of a song. The lengthy documentary, hosted by Angela Lansbury, is also a treat. The amount of documentation on this disc is amazing and covers all elements of the film's production. Some may say the hours of extra material are a bit overwhelming, but the treasure herein makes the time commitment worthwhile. The viewer is able to easily access the different pieces from the creative menus. The only drawback to this DVD is that the packaging claims it contains the shooting script, but it's nowhere to be found. The MGM version of this movie was fine, but Warner has given viewers a disc that really can be called a special edition.