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Blu-Ray Spotlight: The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz (4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital)

About the release:
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. .

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, 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 will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of The Wizard of Oz. Fans can also own The Wizard of Oz in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on October 29th.

Additionally, moviegoers will be able to experience the magic of The Wizard of Oz like never before, remastered in Dolby Vision with incredible color and brightness, exclusively at select Dolby Cinema locations from October 25 to October 31.

Review:
This is a really fun release. There are a ton of extras I hadn’t seen before. I really enjoyed “the Making of.” And the 4K quality is better than I thought possible on my large TV. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen it on such a large screen. This is a fantastic version of a beloved family classic. It’s a great story for all ages. I can’t believe I haven’t owned this film before, despite watching it numerous times.

Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements:
The Wizard of Oz Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
• Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren.
• 1990 CBS Special “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic.”

The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
• Commentary- Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren
• The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
• The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook (narrated by Angela Lansbury)
• We Haven’t Really Met Properly…
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Frank Morgan”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Ray Bolger”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Bert Lahr”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Jack Haley”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Billie Burke”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Margaret Hamilton”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Charley Grapewin”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Clara Blandick”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Terry”
• Music & Effects Track
• Original Mono Track
• Sing Along Tracks
• Audio Jukebox
• Leo is on the Air Radio Promo
• Good News of 1939 Radio Show
• 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Broadcast
• Stills Galleries
– Oz on Broadway
– Pre-MGM
– Sketches and Storyboards
– Richard Thorpe’s Oz
– Buddy Ebsen
– Oz Comes to Life
– Behind the Scenes
– Portraits
– Special Effects
– Post Production
– Deleted Scenes
– Original Publicity
– 8/15/1939 Hollywood Premiere
– 8/17/1939 New York Premiere
– 2/29/1940 Academy Awards® Ceremony
– Oz Abroad
– Oz Revivals
• Trailers

Book Review: Capturing the Devil

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis:
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve encountered before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

Review:
Audrey Rose and Thomas arrive in New York and soon learn about a killer who seems reminiscent of their Ripper in London. Though they thought they had stopped him back in London. Clues lead the couple to Chicago and the World’s Fair, where people have been going missing. America’s first serial killer is their most evil foe yet.

Capturing the Devil is the fourth and final installment to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I enjoyed this take on HH Holmes, and several of his actual victims are mentioned or featured along the way. The story is quite a bit lengthier than its predecessors, as there is more of a developed side story with the romance between Audrey Rose and Thomas. I preferred the gothic, mystery storyline and was glad when they arrive in Chicago and the suspense increased. I only wish we had more time in the “Murder Hotel,” as the climactic showdown could have been played up even more. However, it was still intensely thrilling, with a fun epilogue. I certainly enjoyed this unique series.

Blu-Ray Spotlight: Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary Edition

Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary Steelbook

Galaxy Quest Arrives in a Blu-ray™ Steelbook For the First Time on October 22, 2019

About the release:
By Grabthar’s hammer, the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector is back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the uproarious classic GALAXY QUEST, arriving in our solar system October 22, 2019 in a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring an out-of-this-world all-star cast including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell and Justin Long, this rollicking send-up of sci-fi fanaticism is as funny today as it was when it premiered in theaters 20 years ago.

The Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook includes:
• Galactopedia—On-screen information about characters, ships, aliens and more
• Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest—Cast and filmmakers discuss how the film came together
• Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector—Celebrates the incredibly talented cast
• By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects—Explores the effects by ILM and Stan Winston
• Alien School—Creating the Thermian Race—Actor Enrico Colantoni’s process of developing the voice and manner of an alien race
• Actors in Space—Delves into the psyche of the cast
• Sigourney Weaver Raps— Needs no further explanation
• Deleted Scenes
• Theatrical Trailer

I watched this new edition with my nieces. And despite the out-dated special effects, the film holds up and they loved it almost as much as I did. Though, it was hard not to quote the entire movie while watching. I enjoyed the extras too, especially the deleted scenes. And with the documentary releasing next month, this is a timely release to usher in a new generation of fans.

Movie Spotlight: Transit 17

Transit 17 – Trailer

Vision Films presents the explosive post-apocalyptic dystopian future film Transit 17
Available on VOD October 22 and DVD December 17, 2019

Synopsis:
After Europe is hit with a virus which infected 60 million people, General Ratzinger (Jean-Paul Van der Velde) and his military aim to control the survivors hidden in secret outputs known as “transits.”Lead by the Commander (Silvio Simac), his “sniffers” continue to look for those who refuse to be confined while insurgents known as the Free Fighters, lead by Vanguard (Christophe VanZandycke), aim to evade and destroy this oppressive military which instead of looking for a cure, continues to kill the infected as they grow in numbers.

Meanwhile, a separate Resistance team composed of Tex (Guy Bleyaert), Eve (Zara Phythian), Brad (Lee Charles), Deena (Kimberly Stahl) and Daniel (Daniel Pala) sets out on a secret operation to find Jen (Maria Melikidze), a 15-year old girl who was infected with the virus but survived. She may be the only hope for a cure which causes The Free Fighters and the Resistance join together. They will stop at nothing till she is safe and and the cure to save mankind is discovered.

More about the film:
Starring director/writer/producer Guy Bleyaert (The Last Inquisitors), martial arts superstar and World Champion Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange), Silvio Simac (John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum), Lee Charles (Dragon Kingdom), Kimberly Stahl (Lost), Stefanie Joosten (voice of Quiet in the game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain), John Flanders (Moonwalkers) and Lucas Tavernier (The Monuments Men), Transit 17 takes place after a virus infects multiple European countries and a team of resistance soldiers fight to save a young girl who seems to be their last hope for a cure.

Transit 17 will be available on digital for an SRP of $4.99 – $9.99 from platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Playstation, Xbox, Amazon Instant, Google Play, FandangoNow, Hoopla and Overdrive as well as 200+ cable affiliates including Comcast, Spectrum, Charter, Cox, Verizon, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Google Fiber, and Dish.

Book Giveaway: Salvation Lost

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