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Monologue Over the Rainbow.

24 August 2009 5:47 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here trying to stop obsessing about The Wizard of Oz without any success...

The beloved masterpiece turns 70 tomorrow and remains as fresh and delightful as the day when it first came out.

Its timeless success is owed to what I think is the greatest monologue in film history, Judy Garland's iconic delivery of "Over the Rainbow".

As Dorothy Gale, Garland puts onscreen the ultimate performance of misunderstood childhood; you know the one, where we make everything way bigger than what it is, where we drown ourselves in a glass of water and the easiest solution is always the one that comes in the shape of escapism. For Dorothy it's the threat that her dog Toto will be taken away from her for destroying one of her neighbor's gardens.

Her Aunt asks her to "find a place where you won't get yourself into any trouble" which prompts the girl »

- Jose

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The Wizard of Oz Enchants on DVD and Debuts on Blu-ray on September 29th

10 June 2009 3:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the most cherished and beloved film classics is finally coming to Blu-ray and returning to DVD with two new editions. The Wizard of Oz will be released again on DVD and make its Blu-ray debut on September 29. The film will be released in a two-disc special edition DVD ($24.98 Srp), a four-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD ($69.92 Srp) and Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray ($84.99 Srp). The Ultimate Collector's Editiion sets will also include premium items like a collectable watch with genuine crystals, a replica of the film's original budget, a 52-page coffee table book, Behind the Curtain and a reproduction of the original 1939 campaign book. We don't have any cover art for these releases as of yet, but we'll be sure to update this story as soon as we have the new images. In the meantime, take a look at the massive amount of special features below.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum »

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Bad Times Reaching To Paradise

11 January 2009 12:03 AM, PST | | See recent New York Post news »

'In '29 When the banks went bust, Our coins still read 'In God We Trust.'!" wrote E.Y. Harburg.

New York City didn't exactly scream "Welcome back!" when I disem barked from five days in the warm, wonderful sunshine of Jamaica. No, the city has been quiet, deserted and very cold ever since.

Economic bad news from the West Indies. The Ritz-Carlton I was in was virtually mine to command with a paucity of guests. The usual December-January crush failed to materialize. The hotel even closed its elegant French dining room due to a lack of customers. »


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