Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Written By: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 41 min
After 75 years, this classic fantasy adventure still holds up, and was even temporarily available to watch in 3D at your nearest IMAX screen in 2013. It’s was well worth a visit too. I had personally never seen this movie on the big screen so jumped at the chance when it was released again. I’m also happy to report the conversion to 3D is subtle, and doesn’t detract from the magic of the original in any way. If anything, the process of restoring OZ has made it even better.
I would guess most people over 30 years old have probably seen this film on television at least once. For those that haven’t. Keep in mind this was made in 1939. The dialog and acting are probably going to seem a little over the top by today’s standards. Some of the effects too will seem a little dated as well. Just focus on the story, songs and characters and you’ll understand why this film is so special.
Best viewing format:
As I said, this was temporarily available on IMAX screens in 2013. If you managed to catch a viewing – good for you! If you missed that opportunity, maybe get the 75th anniversary edition that’s available and enjoy a HD showing at home.
Best element for me:
The cast is amazing in this film, especially Judy Garland. They just seemed to have a limitless amount of energy available as they dance and sing their way to the Emerald City.
Jon’s Two Pence:
Classic. One of the most iconic films ever made. Everyone knows the characters even if they don’t think they’ve seen it. The tornado scene is still powerful well realized. I still get a shiver when we turn into color. Possibly the best family film ever made.