For all my passion and admiration of classical films, I think it’s unbelievable that The Wizard of Oz has never been in my collection of DVD’s, especially since it’s always been one of my favorites.
In fact, back when I was still acting, I performed in a professional children's theater production of The Wizard of Oz and portrayed the character of Oz.
When I was a kid in the 1960's, The Wizard of Oz was shown on television only once a year and usually between Thanksgiving and Christmas; therefore I have always associated the film with the holidays.
So, do you know what I bought myself for Christmas this year?
That’s right, The Wizard of Oz! I purchased the 2-Disc 75th Anniversary Edition, which contains not only the movie but also a bonus disc of special features, such as: documentaries on the making of the film, outtakes, deleted scenes, and much, much more. I spent Christmas day watching SIX HOURS of The Wizard of Oz.
I laid on the floor in my warm, fuzzy bathrobe and OD'd on Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. And oh my...was it ever fun!
What blows me away about The Wizard of Oz is the time in which it was made (1939), and how technically advanced it was for a movie back then. And what's even more impressive is that it was done without the use of digital photography or CGI. It was all created using film, clever special effects, and hands-on experimentation by some of the greatest Hollywood technicians, costume designers, musicians, and makeup artists of that time.
It is truly a masterpiece.
After watching the documentaries on the making of the film, I realized how challenging it was to get it made because they had so many setbacks with hiring different directors, accidents on the set, recasting, and difficulties in post-production. Yet, The Wizard of Oz ended up being a smashing success and one of the most beloved MGM movies ever produced.
I think this film has remained many people's favorite, not only because if the magical visual effects, but more so because of its heart-felt message. And it's a message that perhaps we don't quite catch when we are children because we're so caught up in the visual aspects that the message goes unnoticed. That is, until we're a bit older and understand its meaning.
Life is a journey of self-discovery. A journey that takes us to new places but ultimately leads us back to ourselves - home.
And that all the answers we ever need, lie within us.
Please enjoy some memorable moments from The Wizard of Oz...
"Poppies...poppies will put them to sleep..."
"Just tap your heels together three times..."
"There's no place like home...there's no place like home...there's no place like home..."
Have a magical Monday, y'all!
P.S. Happy New Year!