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.

<strong><em>The Wizard of Oz</em></strong> Blu-ray Disc

<strong><em>The Wizard of Oz</em></strong> DVD

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Adapted from L. Frank Baum's timeless children's tale about a Kansas girl's journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman's Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the "wonderful Wizard" himself. Dorothy was portrayed by a 4'11" sixteen year old girl who quickly earned her reputation as "the world's greatest entertainer"-- the incomparable Judy Garland.

The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and captured two Oscars -- Best Song ("Over the Rainbow") and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when M-G-M reissued the film in 1949 and 1955. The film made a new kind of history with its network television premiere in 1956 on CBS. Nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast, marking the beginning of an annual tradition. Ever since, The Wizard of Oz has been shown virtually annually on network (and then cable) television; its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture.

Special Features:

  • Remastered feature with Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio (NEW)
  • - Sing-along Track (NEW)
  • - Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman (daughter of Arthur Freed), Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr (son of Bert Lahr), Jane Lahr (daughter of Bert Lahr), Hamilton Meserve (son of Margaret Hamilton), Dona Massin (MGM choreographer), William Tuttle (make-up artist), Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy, and Jerry Maren
  • - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook
  • - Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz
  • - We Haven't Really Met Properly
  • - Music and Effects Track
  • - Original Mono Track
  • - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic [1990 TV special]
  • - Memories of Oz [2001 TCM documentary]
  • - The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz
  • - Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz
  • - Harold Arlen's Home Movies
  • - Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
  • - It's a Twister! It's a Twister! The Tornado Tests
  • - Off to See the Wizard
  • - 3 Vault Shorts
  • - Audio Jukebox Selection
  • - Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
  • - Good News of 1939 Radio Show
  • - 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
  • - Still Galleries
  • - Six Theatrical Trailers
  • The following features are only available on both the DVD and Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition:
  • - Victor Fleming: Master Craftsman (NEW)
  • - L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Curtain
  • - Celebrating Hollywood's Biggest Little Stars (NEW)
  • - The Dreamer of Oz [1990 TV special] (NEW)
  • - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
  • - The Wizard of Oz [1933]
  • - His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz
  • - The Magic Cloak of Oz [1914] (NEW)
  • - The Patchwork Girl of Oz [1914] (NEW)
  • - The Wizard of Oz [1925 feature]
  • - Digital Copy
  • - MGM: When The Lion Roars Documentary (Blu-ray only)

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