The Wizard of Oz
Director:Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor
Writer:Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, L. Frank Baum, Irving Brecher, William H. Cannon, Herbert Fields, Arthur Freed, Jack Haley, E.Y. Harburg, Samuel Hoffenstein, Bert Lahr, John Lee Mahin, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jack Mintz, Ogden Nash, Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, Sid Silvers
Producer:Mervyn LeRoy, Arthur Freed
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Kids & 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. --Jeff Shannon

Stills from The Wizard of Oz (click for larger image)
Judy Garland Dorothy
Frank Morgan Professor Marvel
Ray Bolger 'Hunk'
Bert Lahr 'Zeke'
Jack Haley 'Hickory'
Billie Burke Glinda
Margaret Hamilton Miss Gulch
Charley Grapewin Uncle Henry
Pat Walshe Nikko
Clara Blandick Auntie Em
Terry Toto
The Singer Midgets The Munchkins
Dorothy Barrett Emerald City Manicurist
Amelia Batchelor Inhabitant of Emerald City
Charles Becker Munchkin Mayor
Billy Bletcher Mayor /
Lorraine Bridges Ozmite
Buster Brodie Winged Monkey
Tyler Brooke Ozmite
Mickey Carroll Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)
Adriana Caselotti Juliet (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Cogg Winged Monkey
Tommy Cottonaro Bearded Munchkin
Jimmy the Crow Crow in Cornfield
Billy Curtis Munchkin City Father (uncredited)
Paul Dale Munchkin in the Lollipop Guild
Ken Darby Munchkinland Mayor
Sid Dawson Winged Monkey
Abe Dinovitch Apple Tree /
Jon Dodson Lollipop Guild
Daisy Earles Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles Lollipop Guild Member
Fern Formica Munchkin Villager
Sig Frohlich Winged Monkey
Phil Harron Winkie
Charles Irwin Tin Polisher (uncredited)
Lois January Emerald City Manicurist
Eleanor Keaton Ozmite
The King's Men Munchkin Voices
Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky Munchkin Herald #1 /
Nita Krebs Lullaby League Member (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold Emerald City Manicurist
Mitchell Lewis Captain of the Winkie Guard
Bud Linn Lollipop Guild
Jerry Maren Lollipop Guild Member
Dona Massin Emerald City Manicurist
George Ministeri Munchkin Coach Driver (uncredited)
Yvonne Moray Lullabye League Member (uncredited)
Lee Murray Winged Monkey
George Noisom Winged Monkey
Jack Paul Winged Monkey
Margaret Pellegrini Munchkin Villager
Meinhardt Raabe Munchkin Coroner
Freddie Retter Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes Munchkin Barrister (uncredited)
The Rhythmettes Themselves (uncredited)
Elvida Rizzo Ozmite
Rad Robinson Munchkin Coroner
Ruth L. Robinson Munchkin Villager
Ambrose Schindler Winkie
Helen Seamon Woman with Cat (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan Oz Balloon Ascensionist (uncredited)
Oliver Smith Ozmite
Robert St. Angelo Winkie
Parnell St. Aubin Munchkin Soldier
Ralph Sudam Ozmite
August Clarence Swenson Munchkin Soldier
Frank Whitbeck Trailer Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Wilson Winkie
Johnny Winters Munchkin Navy Commander
Herbert Stothart Composer
Robert W. Stringer Composer
Roger Wagner Composer
Blanche Sewell Editor
A. Arnold Gillespie special effects
Edwin Bloomfield special effects supervisor
Marcel Delgado miniatures (uncredited)
A.D. Flowers special effects assistant
Donald Jahraus miniatures (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Mack Johnson special effects
Jack McMaster special effects
Hal Millar special effects
Bob Overbeck special effects crew (uncredited)
Glen Robinson special effects prop shop (uncredited)
Don Trumbull special effects rigger (uncredited)
DVD Details
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Release:Sep 2009