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‘The Wizard of Oz’ 4K Ultra HD Restoration Coming in October

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is upgrading The Wizard of Oz to 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision Hdr. You'll be able to spin this upcoming 4K Uhd disc or download the digital version in your home beginning October 29th. The Srp is $41.99 and you can pre-order The Wizard of Oz in 4K at Amazon.

For its 4K debut, Warner Bros performed a 8K 16bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative that served as the basis for the 4K Uhd scan. Mpi colorist Janet Wilson, who has overseen every remaster of The Wizard of Oz for the past 20 years, oversaw this process as well.

It's unclear whether this new 4K transfer will also be used for the inclusive The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray or if the previous Blu-ray transfer will carry forward.

A pair of bonus features will appear on the 4K disc. They are:

Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman,
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Wizard of Oz Turns 80, gets 4K Release

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Burbank, CA, August 22, 2019 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that 1939’s acclaimed and beloved classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 29th. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, The Wizard of Oz is widely considered to be one of the most influential films in cinematic history.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered 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.
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The Wizard of Oz Is Getting a Massive 4K Ultra HD, DVD, Digital Release with Tons of Extras

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that 1939's acclaimed and beloved classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 29th. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, The Wizard of Oz is widely considered to be one of the most influential films in cinematic history.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum's timeless children's tale about a Kansas girl's journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered 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,
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Oscars 2019 In Memoriam: Which people made the cut and who was left out?

Oscars 2019 In Memoriam: Which people made the cut and who was left out?
For Sunday’s Oscars 2019 ceremony, producers had a difficult decision of which film industry people would make the cut and who would be left out of the “In Memoriam.” For the segment, Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic performed music by Oscar winner John Williams.

Over 100 Academy members or film industry veterans died in the past 12 months. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for the year of 2018 and the newly-started gallery for 2019.

SEEDirector Stanley Donen, dead at 94, was light on his feet and a movie musical heavyweight

Stanley Donen would have certainly been included, but he died on the weekend after the segment had been finalized (look for him on the 2020 show). Here is list of some of the people included in the Memoriam tribute for the ceremony (Academy members are indicated with ** by their names):

Susan Anspach (actor)

Bernardo Bertolucci (director)

Yvonne Blake (costume designer)**

Paul Bloch
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In Memoriam segment for Sunday’s Oscars to feature Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds and many others

In Memoriam segment for Sunday’s Oscars to feature Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds and many others
While Academy Awards producers have strived for a much shorter ceremony this year, the annual “In Memoriam” segment will definitely remain. In fact this moment on Sunday’s 2019 event should be extra classy since Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic will be performing as part of the tribute.

Over 100 Academy members or film industry veterans died in the past 12 months. But which ones will be featured in the short segment? There are generally outcries each year from family members upset about people being left out. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for the year of 2018 and the newly-started gallery for 2019.

Virtually certain to be part of the montage are Oscar-winning directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Milos Forman, Oscar-nominated actors Carol Channing, Albert Finney and Burt Reynolds, director and actress Penny Marshall, executive producer and entertainment icon Stan Lee and many more.

SEEDana Carvey, Mike Myers, Queen Latifah, Barbra Streisand
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SAG Awards In Memoriam: Which famous actors and actresses were left out of the segment?

One of the saddest and most important segments of the SAG Awards each year is the In Memoriam segment. For the 2019 event, it turns out to be even sadder for family members of certain long-time members of the Screen Actors Guild. Which actors and actresses were not even featured in this portion of the program on Sunday night? Check out this list below:

Marty Allen (actor)

Charles Aznavour (actor)

Kaye Ballard (actor)

Dushon Monique Brown (actor)

Joseph Campanella (actor)

Roy Clark (actor/singer)

Vic Damone (actor/singer)

Daryl Dragon (host/musician)

Louise Latham (actor)

Robin Leach (host)

Stan Lee (executive/host)

Katherine MacGregor (actor)

Robert Mandan (actor)

Peggy McKay (actor)

Tim O’Connor (actor)

Roger Perry (actor)

Douglas Rain (actor)

Ken Swofford (actor)

Clint Walker (actor)

Nancy Wilson (actor/singer)

Louis Zorich (actor)

SEE2019 SAG Awards: Full winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories

For the ceremony hosted by
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SAG Awards 2019: In Memoriam segment will honor Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin and which 50 others?

SAG Awards 2019: In Memoriam segment will honor Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin and which 50 others?
Sunday’s telecast of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards will feature a special In Memoriam segment devoted to many of the actors and actresses who have died since last year’s ceremony in late January. Sure to be among those saluted include actress and director Penny Marshall, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Burt Reynolds and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for the year of 2018 and the newly-started gallery for 2019.

The 25th annual ceremony will be hosted by past winner Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) for TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. Et; 5:00 p.m. Pt. Tom Hanks will be presenting the SAG life achievement award to Alan Alda.

SEE2019 SAG Awards nominations: Full list of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

Over 100 people in SAG/AFTRA have passed away in the past 12 months. Which of the following 50 names will also
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Shirley Temple Almost Played Dorothy, Plus More 'The Wizard Of Oz' Movie Secrets Revealed! (Exclusive)

"The Wizard of Oz has great music and amazing chemistry among its cast. It's a perfect storm, no pun intended," William Stillman, co-author of the new book The Road to Oz exclusively told Closer Weekly — in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now — of the cinematic masterpiece. What fans might not know, he hinted, are behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations that went on during the making of the 1939 classic. Stillman and his writing partner, Jay Scarfone, cover all the backstage drama, starting with the fact that Judy Garland almost lost the part of Dorothy to Shirley Temple, who much more closely resembled the character L. Frank Baum described in his 1900 kids' novel. When Shirley's studio refused to let her out of her contract to star in the MGM vehicle, Judy secured the role, despite being older than Dorothy was originally written to be. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Then the 16-year-old had
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'Wicked' Is Coming To TV For A Halloween Special, Plus Read A Lost Interview With The Play's Writer (Exclusive)

You can't have Halloween without a good witch, and you don't really have a good witch unless she's truly wicked. NBC knows this and as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of Broadway's Wicked, the network will be presenting A Very Wicked Halloween concert special on Saturday, Sept. 29. “Wicked is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire Wicked team to celebrate the enduring success of this show,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We’re especially excited to have Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited along with big guest stars in front of an audience — in costume hopefully — to help us celebrate the Halloween season.” As noted, A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating
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Missing Pair Of Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers Have Reportedly Been Found After A Decade

There's no place like home! For Dorothy's ruby red slippers, of course. This iconic statement has never been truer now that her stolen pair from The Wizard of Oz has reportedly been found after a decade. The pair was previously snatched from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Mn, in 2005 after someone smashed the window at the museum. However, according to the New York Post, the FBI plans to release details on the finding of these shoes 13 years later. They were previously insured at a whopping $1 million considering an anonymous donor offered the hefty award to anyone who found the slippers, but the offer expired after the tenth anniversary of them going missing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Technically, there are multiple pairs of ruby-red slippers floating around. One pair was acquired by the National Museum of American History, for example, while actress Debbie Reynolds owned another. Actually, a
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'The Wizard of Oz' Actor Jerry Maren Was Proud of the Masterpiece He Helped Create (Guest Column)

'The Wizard of Oz' Actor Jerry Maren Was Proud of the Masterpiece He Helped Create (Guest Column)
With the death of 98-year-old Jerry Maren, the last of the little people who portrayed Munchkins in MGM’s 1939 Technicolor masterpiece The Wizard of Oz, an era truly did vanish. The Boston-born Maren was the longest living of the 124 proportionately correct little people (commonly called and credited as “midgets” back then) to dance along the Yellow Brick Road.

But it’s some kind of magic the way Maren, probably the most famous of all the little ones in the film fantasy, ended up the sole survivor — not a background player or soldier or nondescript Munchkin with a crazy ...
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'Wizard of Oz' Actress Says Jerry Maren Wasn't Last 'Munchkin' After All

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'Wizard of Oz' Actress Says Jerry Maren Wasn't Last 'Munchkin' After All
The last of the Lollipop Guild might have fallen this week with the death of 'Wizard of Oz' star Jerry Maren -- but there are still living Munchkins out there ... 'cause we talked to one. Joan Kenmore was cast as one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film, but didn't have a speaking role in the "We Wish to Welcome You to Munchkin Land" scene ... when Dorothy met Jerry and all the other Munchkins. She
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Jerry Maren, Last Living ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin, Dies At 98

Actor Jerry Maren, whose real name is Gerard Marenghi, has died at 98 years old. His most well-known role was in the iconic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Jerry Maren, The Wizard Of Oz‘S Last Surviving Munchkin, Dies When Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) was whisked away to the fantastical Land of Oz, she landed in Munchkinland, […]

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Oldest 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren's Heart Gave Out

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Oldest 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren's Heart Gave Out
The world's oldest living 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin, Jerry Maren's organs were shutting down and he was fighting severe senility when he died ... TMZ has learned. According to his death certificate ... Jerry's official cause of death was cardiopulmonary failure. However, he also suffered from cachexia -- a break down of the body's systems from chronic ailments -- and senile degeneration of the brain. As we first reported, Jerry suffered from dementia. The doc,
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Oldest 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Remembered with Free Whiskey Shots

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Oldest 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Remembered with Free Whiskey Shots
Jerry Maren, who was the oldest living "Wizard of Oz" munchkin, will be commemorated with free whiskey ... if ya simply drop his name at an L.A.-area hotel with ties to 'Oz.' The Culver Hotel tells TMZ it's giving away a free shot of Grant's whiskey to anyone who comes in Wednesday, and mentions Jerry's name. We broke the story ... Jerry passed away more than a week ago, and was buried last weekend.
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Last Living 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren Dead at 98

Last Living 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren Dead at 98
Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from The Wizard of Oz, has died at the age of 98.

TMZ reports that Maren died last week at a San Diego nursing care facility, where the actor had spent the past few years as he battled dementia, and was laid to rest over the weekend at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Maren was 18 and newly arrived in Hollywood when he was cast along with over 100 other little people to portray "munchkins" in the big-screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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Jerry Maren Dies: Last Surviving ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Munchkin Was 98

Jerry Maren Dies: Last Surviving ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Munchkin Was 98
Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from The Wizard of Oz – he represented the Lollipop Guild, memorably presenting Judy Garland’s Dorothy with a large, red and white swirled lollipop just before she and Toto headed off to see the Wizard – has died. Maren was 98, according to reports.

Maren passed away last week at a San Diego nursing care facility, according to TMZ, which broke the story. The actor was buried last weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.

Maren was one of more than 100 little people cast to populate the 1939 MGM film’s Munchkinland, and distinguished himself as one of the three grimacing, shuffling, tough-boy Lollipop Guild Munchkins. In one of the film’s most charming moments, he shyly handed Dorothy the giant candy to thank her for dropping a house on a witch.

Though the actor also appeared on The Twilight Zone, Bewitched and Seinfeld, among others, his Munchkin
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The Last 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren Has Passed Away at 98 Years Old

It’s truly the end of an era. Jerry Maren, the last munchkin from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz has passed away at 98 years old. According to TMZ, Jerry died over a week ago. His funeral service, which took place over the weekend, was held at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, CA. While his cause of death remains unknown, sources say that Jerry had been suffering from dementia for a long time. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Jerry’s IMDb profile cites a number of small roles in films like The Lord of the Rings (1978), That’s the Spirit (1945), and At the Circus (1939). Though, he is still best known as being the bravest member of Oz’s iconic Lollipop Guild — handing Dorothy a sweet treat (played by Judy Garland) took real gusto! In addition, Jerry’s profile offers a brief, but inspiring biography. “He took dancing lessons when he was young and aspired to be an actor.
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Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Munchkin in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Dies at 98

Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Munchkin in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Dies at 98
Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin from the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died at age 98.

According to TMZ, Maren died last week and a funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.

Maren was 18 when he was cast in the movie as a bouquet-wielding member of the Lollipop Guild that welcomed Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale to Oz.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in the 1939 musical.
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Wizard of Oz's Last Surviving Munchkin Jerry Maren Dies at 98

The last living Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz has died.

Jerry Maren, who memorably welcomed Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to Munchkinland in the classic 1939 film as part of the Lollipop Guild, died last week at a San Diego nursing care facility, TMZ reported. The actor was laid to rest over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, said the outlet.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in The Wizard of Oz. The bio on his Instagram page also states, “Last living munchkin from the Wizard of Oz.
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