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WIZARD OF OZ, THE(75TH ANNIVERSRY)

What to know: In celebration of its75th anniversary, digitally remastered, released in IMAX 3D and includes a new feature length documentary about "the making of.
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Recommended age 5-18
101 minutes
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This movie is an old time favorite. I have always loved this movie and it is redone really well. It is really heartwarming. This movie is re-mastered in 3D and is pretty cool. Personally, I think that the movie is better without the 3D. It is still amazing but overall I think the 3D doesn't enhance the movie like I expected.

This movie is all about a girl named Dorothy who is trapped in the world of Oz where see meets some new people including the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow. They all want and need something from the Great Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man wants a heart. The Scarecrow wants a brain. The Lion wants courage and Dorothy just wants to go back home to Kansas and her family. Dorothy meets a lot of people in Oz, some good and some bad.

The main characters in this movie are Dorothy, Toto her dog, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion, Glinda, the good witch and the wicked witch of the west. My favorite character is the Lion because he is always so afraid. He is fearful for Dorothy and of all the things around him. In spite of that, he will do whatever it takes to help get Dorothy home - courage or not.

My favorite part in this movie is when they are all meeting with the Wizard of Oz. After the Wizard sends them away to kill the wicked witch of the west, the lion is so scared he runs down the hall and jumps right through a window and smashes right through it. It is really funny because that is a crazy thing to do just because you so scared.

I recommend this movie for all ages because it is a great classic film and it is so amazing. Kids and parents alike will love seeing this movie on the big screen again. Go out and see this movie in theaters on September 20th. Reviewed by Anthony A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the original film has been digitally re-mastered and is being released theatrically in 3D IMAX as well as direct to DVD/Blu-ray. What a delight to watch this timeless classic about courage, love, brains, family and adventure. Though the special effects are a bit hokey, this story is as appealing today as when the film was first released. The Wicked Witch is still scary, Judy is still charming, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion still capture our hearts. And, of course, Judy Garland's singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" remains firmly imbedded in the memory of every adult viewer and will become so for children new to the story as well. Could lead to discussion about society, make-believe versus reality, and idea of "home." Has value for repeat viewing. Great for entire family.
When it was released during Hollywood's golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn't start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn't until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz's TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz--the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)--have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy's enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film's still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it's loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it's required viewing for kids of all ages.
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