The 60-year-old beloved family movie "The Wizard of Oz" is being reissued in pristine quality versions on both video and DVD, with both formats offering extra features.
The Warner Home Video release, digitally restored and remastered, includes 50 minutes of additional material on the $14.95 video and 107 minutes of extras on the $24.98 DVD. Both formats arrived at stores on Tuesday.
"The Wizard of Oz" opened at the Loews Capital Theatre on Broadway on Aug. 15, 1939, starring a little girl named Judy Garland, who went on to earn the title "the world's greatest entertainer."
The cast also included Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodsman, as well as Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton and Charley Grapewin.
Victor Fleming directed the film in 1939, the same year he directed "Gone With the Wind." The movie was re-released in 1949 and did almost as well as in its initial release. In 1980, "The Wizard of Oz" debuted on video. The American Film Institute recently voted it the best family film of all time.
"The Wizard of Oz" received six Academy Award nominations, but lost the best-picture Oscar to "Gone With the Wind." It captured two statues, for best song ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") and best original score, and a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance went to Garland.
The 50 minutes of extra features on the enhanced-picture/Dolby surround-sound video include a behind-the-scenes documentary hosted by Angela Lansbury, outtakes that include the "Scarecrow & Jitterbug Dance," and the original theatrical trailer.
The DVD version, in addition to a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-soundtrack, has the documentary with Lansbury; interviews with stars Hamilton, Bolger and Haley; additional theatrical trailers; and outtakes from the recording sessions, including Buddy Ebsen as the original Tin Man.
There also are excerpts from the 1914 and 1925 silent films of "Oz"; a 1933 cartoon version; portrait and special effects stills; original sketches and storyboards, costume design and make-up screen tests; stills from the Hollywood premiere; and the making of the then-state-of-the-art tornado.
Deluxe Edition VHS and DVD gift sets, available at $49.97, include reproductions of the original script, rare still photographs and reproduced theatrical color posters.