Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
So I had a few minutes to sit down today and preview the
Blu-ray disc inside THE WIZARD OF OZ COLLECTOR'S
I noticed something that is going to seem very odd to all
of you, but bear with me for a moment.
Like all of you, I have seen THE WIZARD OF OZ dozens
upon dozens of times since childhood. Yet, today when I
watched this film for the first time on Blu-ray, I noticed
something that I never noticed before.
The one scene most people love is the moment Dorothy
opens the door and steps out from her sepia-toned home
into the Technicolor world of Oz. During those first few
moments as the camera pans across Munchkinland, I
thought to myself, "Gee, all of this looks like a small
soundstage with phony plants and man-made river."
I mean, "duh" it is ---- but for me to actually take myself
out of the film and notice how unrealistic Munchkinland
looks right down to the plastic flowers tells me I am seeing
detail I never saw before.
I had to make certain I wasn't going out of my mind. So,
I went in and grabbed the 1990 DVD of THE WIZARD OF
OZ. Mind you, this was the very first DVD release of the
film which came in a snap case. This was the perfect
comparison to what I had been seeing all my life because
that 1990 DVD transfer was filled with dirt and scratches. It
looked as if the studio just mindlessly threw that print on DVD.
I went to the same Munchkinland opening scene which was
so muddy in comparison, that the scenery just blended into the
action itself. There wasn't this 3D-like separation of foreground
So, for the sake of believability, OZ looks so damn good on
Blu-ray it's like you were back in 1939, had opened up the studio
stage doors and walked onto the original movie set to find that
everything around you was fabricated.
I'd be interested to see if anyone gets a very odd feeling
watching this film on Blu-ray for the first time. You notice
things you never gave second thought to before.