The Wizard of Oz 2-disc SE - Any Chance?

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  1. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

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    I know the current Warner SE is generally regarded as a fine disc, although not without faults. The current disc is almost 4 years old so I was wondering if there is any chance of TWoO getting the excellent 2-disc treatment in the near future. I've gotten by renting this long. [​IMG]
     
  2. Brenton

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    The Warner version has amazing extras, considering the age of this film. I can imagine that all the extras-resources had to be beyond tapped out to bring us this material. I just can't even imagine what could possibly exist that could be added. We all know that the Jitter-Bug sequence is nowhere to be found.

    The only thing I would change is to make the mood of the menus not be so "tooty-fruity kids' flick" and have a more sophisticated style that reflects how much of a national treasure the film is. But that doesn't really matter much, and certainly doesn't warrant a new version. And it definitely wouldn't push it over to two discs.
     
  3. Patrick McCart

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    Lowry Digital Images has expressed interest in doing a new transfer via a combination of Ultra Resolution (Singin' In The Rain: SE) and their restoration processes.

    I personally think UR will be just fine...but I enjoy LDI's work.

    Among the possible extras that could be added:

    Music-only track
    Original Mono
    Commentary/Commentaries
    Full-length Wizard of Oz cartoon (a restored version is out there)

    Plus, they could make this into one of their "Night at the Movies" releases. Daffy Duck & Egghead would be a nice cartoon to present before it. [​IMG]
     
  4. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Lead Actor

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    There are supplements from the previous MGM laser package and the Criterion Laser that do not appear on the DVD (Commentaries for example, thankfully I have the MP3s [​IMG] )

    -V
     
  5. WillG

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    I think I would be great to have Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" synched up to the film as a secondary audio track. I wonder if it would be at all possible
     
  6. Xenia Stathakopoulou

    Xenia Stathakopoulou Cinematographer

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    The 1 disc edition of this dvd has so much material on it, its not even funny how they managed to fit it all on 1 dvd. Every thing you ever wanted to know is on here.No need for a 2 discer, by the way , the pink floyd thing happening on dvd is about as likely as seeing 1 of those flying monkeys in real life. [​IMG]
     
  7. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

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    I've got the region 4 release and I don't really rate the picture quality that highly.

    If you look at this site (the excellent dvdbeaver.com) the region 1 is much much better. The region 1 has an excellent transfer - very filmic.

    http://207.136.67.23/film/dvdcompare/wizard.htm
     
  8. ScottR

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    The definitive Oz transfer should be improved by:

    1. Better sepia tones
    2. Better framing
    3. Correction of Technicolor registration problems
    4. Original mono with entire soundtrack
    5. Entire isolated score
     
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  10. Andrew Budgell

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    I think a 2-disc Special Edition of my favourite movie would be great. There is a lot more extras that they could include such as:

    - Commentary by Garland/Oz Historian John Fricke
    - Original Oz Films
    - Original Cartoons
    - Early 90's Cartoon Series (some episodes)
    - Old Interviews
    - The Making of 'The Wizard of Oz' (Documentary from 1979 based on the book by Aljean Harmetz, not the one on the current DVD)
    - Extensive photo galleries such as the photos from The 50th Anniversary Pictorial History Book
    - Old TV Intoductions from such hosts as Dick van Dyke and TV Promos
    - Oz 40th Anniv. on TV: Interviews from Star Oz Fans (Played throughout the 40th Telecast of Oz)
    - Restoration comparisons
    - A new, longer Making Of

    There is a lot more extras that could be compiled if Warner wanted to take the time. I would also love to see it restored again from Lowry with the suggestions that ScottR made. What do you all think?

    Andy
     

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