Considered one of the greatest movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz is set to make a return to the big screen in celebration of its 80th anniversary.
The movie, which starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton, will be returning to select theaters for three days later this month.
You can find much more info and a promo video below.
If you’re unable to make it to one of the screenings below you can always grab a copy of the movie on Blu-ray over at Amazon for fairly cheap. Here’s some info on the movie from the manufacturer:
We’re Off to See the Wizard!
One of the best-loved movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz is the heartwarming tale of a young Kansas girl, Dorothy Gale, and her little dog, Toto, who are whisked away by a violent twister to the magical land of Oz. Accompanied by her new-found friends — a brainless scarecrow, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion — she sets off down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to find the wizard who can help her get back home.
During filming, Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset device to make her appear younger and flat chested.
As part of Ray Bolger’s makeup, he wore a rubber mask with a woven pattern to suggest cloth. By the time the film was finished, the mask had left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to fade away.
Bert Lahr’s costume was made from a real lion skin and weighed 90 pounds.
“Over the Rainbow” is number one on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 movie songs of all time.
The Wizard of Oz is number six on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest films of all time.
The song “Over the Rainbow” was nearly cut from the film because the studio thought that it made the Kansas segment too long and that it was degrading for Judy Garland to sing in a barnyard.
The ruby slippers worn by Dorothy are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Wizard of Oz returns to theaters on January 27th, January 29th, and January 30th.
You can click right here to see if it’s playing near you and secure some tickets.
A special 80th anniversary event is coming to select theaters. In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family’s house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag’s sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion–and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers–Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.
Fans young and old won’t want to miss this special showing! This beloved classic includes special insight from Turner Classic Movies.