“The Wizard of Oz” 70th Anniversary screenings

Update from the LA Times March 9, 2010 click here

From Cynopsis newsletter September 9, 2009:


Classic film The Wizard of Oz is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies will host a new hi-def restoration of the film at approximately 450 movies theaters nationwide on September 23, per Multichannel News. The one-time only event precedes the release of freshly remastered Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film.


Nothing will ever take away the memory of the absolute terror of seeing those flying monkeys on television¬†from behind my mom’s big green chair in our living room. I was about seven years old and hid behind the chair when the lady on the bicycle took Toto! Flying monkeys win the movie all time terror award! Earlier this year I had the opportunity to tape a brief interview for a¬† Pre-Oscar Montage directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) in the very sound studio on the Sony (former MGM) lot here in Culver City. Shudder!

UPDATE (May 2, 2010) from http://www.Parade.com/celebrity:

Here is some info on how many film versions of the Wizard of Oz have been produced:

1939 – with Judy Garland

1925 – silent version, starring Oliver Hardy

1910 – silent The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (based on the 1902 stage musical co-written by the book’s author, L/ Frank Baum

For a list of screen adaptations click here