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FAMILY FUN FLICKS 1
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
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Directed By:
Victor Fleming

Starring:
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton

Not Rated
Genre: Fantasy/Musical
Format Used: My Own DVD
Contains: Mild Violence

THE PLOT:

For Dorothy Gale, life in Kanas with her Uncle Henry and Auntie Em is mundain and dull. But Toto her dog has a fight with the local busybody Miss Gulch wants to put him down because Toto bit her.

So Dorothy runs away with Toto and meets a Professor Marvel who convinces her to go home. But a twister chases her family and friends to the storm shelter and takes Dorothy on a journey that she'll never forget. To the magical world of Oz.

Now Dorothy must stop a witch who wants to steal her new ruby slippers and she'll take them whatever it takes. So she must depend on her new friends to find the Wizard in order to return home.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

Now this is a true classic in every sense of the word. The music, the story, the cast, the acting. This is all great. Of course I wasn't around in 1939 when it first came out, the first time I saw it was like many of you, on TV then later of VHS tape. I've seen this movie so many times that it isn't even funny. So many times I lost count over a decade ago. But as many times that I've seen it, I will never get tired of the WIZARD OF OZ. Now the only complaint I got and it's minor I assure you is that some of the musical numbers run a bit long, like a lot of musicals of the time period. But that is minor compared to the whole thing. 91/2 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I must admit neither was I too young to see it in the theater, decades too young. But too have watched it on television and I do agree with Zedd for the most part. Except I am not marking off half a point for just a couple of lulls. 10 STARS.

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ON THE POSSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ MUSIC (The music is just perfect.)
+ CAST (The cast does a great job.)
+ FATEFUL (What I can see, it stays fateful to the original book. Movies today can learn this lession.)
+ MAKE UP (Even though the make up at the time carried a heavy price, it was worth the risk.)

AND FINALLY...

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- LULLS (Some of the musical dance numbers are a tad long.)

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