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  • This supremely iconic fantasy adventure film produced by MGM during the height of Hollywood's

  • studio system was released in August of 1939 - eventually grossing nearly $300 million

  • in adjusted dollars with the aid of several re-releases. Perhaps more impressively, the

  • Library of Congress named this the most-watched motion picture in history, thanks largely

  • in part to frequent broadcasts on TV since the 1950's. "The Wizard Of Oz" is practically

  • un-reviewable... so stepped in lore, nostalgia, and American culture, reducing it to nothing

  • more than a fun kids movie is an insult. Judy Garland stars as young Dorothy Gale: a wayward

  • teen who following a traumatic opening act where her dastardly neighbor attempts to forcibly

  • euthanize her dog, is swept away on a violent tornado to the magical land Oz: a brightly

  • colored landscape littered with talking animals, witches, munchkins, and many other unique

  • features, like a yellow brick road, sleep-inducing flowers, or the majestic Emerald City itself.

  • While technicolor films had been around for years, the breathtaking single shot when Dorothy

  • enters the land of Oz, in bright beautiful color, completely transformed the way audiences

  • would look at film forever. Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie

  • Burke, and Margaret Hamilton round out the giant cast: the majority of which undergo

  • impressive make-up changes as well. As the whimsical and plucky Scarecrow, Bolger was

  • the last surviving principal cast member, having died over 26 years ago. When asked

  • if he received TV royalties from the film, he often remarked, "No, just immortality.

  • I'll settle for that". From Dorothy's legendry Ruby Slippers that now sit in the Smithsonian

  • Museum, to syncing the picture to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon", to a ridiculously

  • insulting and absurd hoax involving a suicide caught on film - this innocent 101 minute

  • film has deeply permeated into society. Although much of the dialogue is pretty hammy, and

  • poorly delivered, three of this film's lines are featured in AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes,

  • with Judy's famous quip, "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" placing

  • fourth. The playful characters frequently sing catchy music, with Garland's beautiful

  • rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" scoring the well-paced advneture one of its

  • two Academy Awards. Despite some terribly rigid and formulaic scene progression, the

  • incredible MGM sets and backdrops are breathtaking, and the visual effects were revolutionary.

  • The consequences are overtly established early, but with no true sense of time or ticking-clock...

  • much of the plot is advanced only because the song is over, and its time to skip along

  • to the next area. Under some scrutiny, a number of plot holes hurt this picture as well, especially

  • the more glaring example, involving the Wicked Witch's only weakness being readily stored

  • inside her own castle. It's also unfortunate these characters are some of the most memorable

  • in cinema, as none of them are truly developed beyond very basic stereotypes and plot devices

  • - it is a 74-year-old children's film though, so it's easy to overlook these faults. Arguments

  • can be made for "The Great Train Robbery", "Gone With The Wind", "The Godfather", "Star

  • Wars", or even "Avatar" but, for my money? "The Wizard Of Oz" is the "Most important

  • film ever made.". But I'm certainly not saying it's the "best" film ever made. Lets check

  • out some of your thoughts from the YouTube comments.

  • The rate-o-matic for "The Wizard Of Oz"... a DOUBLE TEN. While many acknowledge some

  • of the flaws, and dated visuals: it is difficult not to recognize this as a truly remarkable,

  • and timeless classic. We both agreed, this film is simply AMAZING.

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