The Wizard of Oz
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This 1939 movie is based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 book, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (the first in a series, none of which I've read, though I've always wanted to). The story has been retold in lots of different mediums, countless times over the years. I've seen numerous adaptations, but this... oh, this is by far the best-known and for many people the best-loved version of the story.
When I was a kid, it aired annually on CBS, and it was always a big event, a tradition. I vaguely recall having an imaginary box which I think I'd pretend to take out of my closet before watching the movie, probably for a few years running, in which I had imaginary items I wanted to have with me while watching the movie on TV... but I can't for the life of me think what any of those items could have possibly been. Yeah, I was just a weird, imaginative child. (And now I'm a weird, imaginative adult, but my weirdness is somewhat different, and my memory sucks.) I do remember one time my father talking about... um... I think the first time he watched the movie on a color TV or whatever, he was disappointed to see that the movie was in black & white, so he was surprised when it suddenly changed to color. And I remember asking him if any time he'd previously seen it on a black & white TV he hadn't noticed any change at all. I think I was annoying about that. Oh well, whatevs.
Um, gosh, but there are so many things I could say about this movie. Like the fact that Judy Garland was way too old to be playing Dorothy, but... I'm not complaining. The fact that the movie has a bunch of great songs (and at some point I had a soundtrack on cassette, which must have included a song that didn't make it into the movie). And... oh, I don't know. It's just such a monumentally classic and wonderful movie. Alas, the last time I watched it must have been several years before I ever had a website or wrote reviews. So... I'm waiting to get it on Blu-ray, if and when I can afford a Blu-ray player. Then I'll write a review. And I just hope I don't forget to say anything about... you know, whatever the movie's meant to me, over the years.
movies: The Wizard of Oz * Journey Back to Oz * Return to Oz * Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
TV: Tales of the Wizard of Oz * The Wizard of Oz in Concert * The Muppets' Wizard of Oz * Tin Man * Once Upon a Time * The Wiz Live! * Emerald City
web: Lost in Oz
comics: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz