O: Oz

WoZCI am obsessed with the Wizard of Oz, and not just the movie. I have multiple copies of all of the original Oz books written by Baum (though no first editions, yet!). I pick up more copies as I see them. My kitchen and dining room are decorated in an Oz theme.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the release of the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. As befitting such a grandiose occasion, there are multitudes of new memorabilia available. I received one of these as a gift this last Christmas: The Wizard of Oz Official 75th Anniversary Companion by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman. The companion book is a large 176 page coffee table book filled with colorful pictures and lots of information about the making of The Wizard of Oz. Though a bit unwieldy to cuddle up with on the couch, the book contains stories and facts that are new to even an obsessive fan like me. There are even a couple of myths that it debunks (the horse of a different color was not actually dyed with Jell-o, but with the same type of dyes used in Jell-O). It also contains several never-before-published pictures and stills from the making of the movie.

The companion make a great gift for a lover of the Wizard of Oz or classic films (There’s also lots of information about the special effects and make-up). There is an electronic version of this book that you can purchase if you prefer an less bulky version, but you loose the collectability and tactile memory factor, plus, the hardcover is only three bucks more. If you’re just interested in the information presented, get the ebook, but if you want it as a collectible for a fan, then definitely get the hardcover.

5/5 Stars

Purchase The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “O: Oz

  1. I’m an Oz fan, too 🙂 Not at your level, and more movie-related: I’ve watched it many, many more times that I could count. I came across “Wicked” a few years ago and enjoyed that paradigm shift, too. The companion book sounds lovely!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  2. I like Wizard of Oz but gotta admit I’ve never been hugely into it. I think my 10 year old daughter enjoys it more than I do! I like the twist Once Upon A Time is doing with it though. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s