For the umpteenth time now, Warner Home Video is releasing The Wizard Of Oz on DVD this fall – in another two separate versions. A 2-disc Special Edition and a 3-disc Collector’s Edition will make it to retail stores in October. The film has been newly remastered using Warner’s “Ultra-Resolution” that brought to glorious life various others of their classics and will most likely bring the film to your screen in new, previously unseen clarity.
Both DVD editions offer extensive bonus content, including four revealing new Documentaries, a new feature-length Commentary Tracj by Oz historian John Fricke, a Making-Of Documentary hosted by Angela Lansbury, a Lansbury-narrated Onscreen Storybook Treatment of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with its colorful original illustrations, Outtakes and Deleted Scenes, Vintage Vault Featurettes and more than six hours of Audio-only Treasures, including original recording sessions for songs and underscoring and rare Oz radio programs.
The 3-disc Collector’s Edition also includes new Documentary about Oz author L. Frank Baum and a newly restored transfer of the 1925 feature-length Silent Version of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Oliver Hardy and Larry Semon with a fresh score by Robert Israel. Disc three is also highlighted by several additional rare Oz Film Features and Shorts, originally produced between 1910 and 1933. In addition to the bonus disc, the Collector’s Edition DVD will include reproductions of the original eight-page Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Oz Souvenir Program from August 15, 1939, the invitation to that premiere, the sixteen-page “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio News” magazine from August 14, 1939, celebrating the movie, nine beautifully restored natural color Kodachrome Portraits and publicity photos from the film… and more.
On October 25, fans of the movie will be able to own it on DVD yet again. “The Wizard of Oz” 2-disc Special Edition will be available for $26.99 and the 3-disc Collector’s Edition will sell for $39.92.