The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell The Wizard of Oz was one of the first films I watched as a toddler in Rio de Janeiro, on my dad’s Super 8 projector. My parents were already dreaming of their own escape to London, where we would go a few years later. They hadn’t been born when the film was released, a few days before the start of the second world war, though by then my mother’s Jewish parents were building a life in Rio, their own Oz, far away from Poland – a land that would turn out to be far bleaker than Kansas. My grandparents were homesick, not quite settled, for the rest of their lives. Unlike Dorothy, they couldn’t click their heels together and magic themselves back. Home didn’t exist any more; it was a memory, an idea, a receptacle for feelings of loss.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ premiered nearly 80 years ago in Oconomowoc On June 4, the common council approved the placement for statues from the classic film. According to Bob Duffy, the city’s director of economic development, statues of Dorothy with Toto, The Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion will be in the City Hall Plaza. The Wicked Witch of the West will be located on the north end of the plaza and the Wizard of Oz statue will be in front of City Hall, next to the commemorative monument installed after the 70th anniversary. The cost of the statues was estimated at $28,500. A yellow brick road is also planned for the celebration.
‘Wizard of Oz’ 80th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray in Works Several sources have cited July or the July-August time frame but there has been no official word from Warner on when a 4K version will be released on disc and how it will be packaged. It’s reasonable to expect that the studio will celebrate the milestone with something special as it has for past anniversaries, including the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition and 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (including a 3D version). We also know that an 8K scan of the film exists.
Warner Bros. To Adapt This Wizard Of Oz-Tinged Dystopian Novel Readers are introduced to Truckee Wallace as a nobody teenager living in what used to be Little Rock, Arkansas (now known as Crunchtown 407). Along the way Truckee is joined on his journey by not only the intelligent-but-fainthearted goat, named Barnaby, but also a friendly android named Sammy, and a lobotomized giant (a.k.a. “Straw Man”) named Tiny Tim. It’s an ensemble purposefully reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz – with each respectively standing in for Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow – and it was apparently a key element that came together as the author began to define his lead characters. King explained, “Truckee and Sammy were the first characters who came to me. As soon as I knew that Truckee would be getting on the road with an early-generation android, I thought of Dorothy and the Tin Man. The archetypal quest embodied by the four central characters —to return, to restore, to fill, to repair—immediately struck me as having thematic parallels to FKA USA.”