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Doooooorrrrroooooothyyyyy Gaaaaaaaallllllle!

The Sad, Century-Long History of Terrible Wizard of Oz Movies. Would you like an exhaustive list? Sure you would... [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 9, 2014 - 76 comments

Bluebird Express

Prison of Oz: Staying Human in an Ohio Prison Dorothy, something of a diva, let the laughter subside. Then she started to sing with a voice of resounding beauty about a land she once heard of in a lullaby, about chimney tops and lemon drops and wanting to fly away. "Why oh, why, can't I?" [more inside]
posted by EvaDestruction on May 23, 2014 - 6 comments

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return set a record for the all-time worst opening weekend for an animated film. Executive Producer Greg Centineo attributed the failure to a "conspiracy" of Hollywood's powers-that-be against independent production company Alpine Pictures. In light of Oz's glacially-delayed release schedule and shabby production values, it would appear that the heads of Alpine are completely incompetent…or are they? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 20, 2014 - 115 comments

I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch Than Never Be Burned At All

A montage of famous witches set to Eartha Kitt
posted by The Whelk on Mar 7, 2014 - 9 comments

Autumn in Oz: the mostly abandoned Land of Oz opens again

In 1957, Grover Robbins opened the "Tweetsie Railroad", a Wild West themed park centered around a segment of the old East Tennessee & Western North Carolina gauge railway. Then from 1965 to 1968, Robbins purchased or leased land on Beech Mountain in North Carolina (Google maps) with the idea of a year-round theme park in an area already popular for skiing. The result was The Land of Oz, which included props bought from MGM through an auction. The park was only open from 1970 to 1980, closing due in part to a fire and the death of Grover Robbins. The park was partially restored in 1990, then opened one weekend in 1993 for an employee reunion. That was the first of an annual event, Autumn in Oz, happening this weekend.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 5, 2013 - 19 comments

Prequels! Hunh! Yeah! What are they good for? Absolutely...something

Having mixed feelings about the new movie prequel to The Wizard of Oz? [previously] Well how about new prequels to other film classics such as Gone with the Wind and Dr. Strangelove? Or, try to imagine Casablanca: The College Years. [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem on Mar 8, 2013 - 51 comments

Synchronicities, from Dark Side of Oz/The Rainbow to Chaplin's Moustache

If Dark Side of Oz is too long and you found the Dark Side of Alice's Wonderland a stretch at best, or you like the older films like Nosferatu but an improvisational noise-art soundtrack isn't your cup of tea, you might enjoy Chaplin's Moustache, a blog with write-ups on old films, with re-scored clips interspersed for fun. Sadly, the blog is dormant and some of the videos have been taken down, so if you're looking for the videos, here's the YouTube channel with almost 150 video clips. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 27, 2013 - 13 comments

Push the buttons, Frank.

Don't Look at This! TV's Frank has a YouTube channel! And a hilarious twitter account! (Don't miss his live tweets of the debates.) And a brand new, star-studded, satirical, musical podcast spectacular: The Wonderful Pundits of Oz!
Actually, it's Frank Conniff, mild-mannered stand-up comic and veteran TV writer (MST3K, Invader Zim). And he'd like you to know that Governor Chris Christie is a large man. [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Oct 11, 2012 - 11 comments

People come and go so quickly around here

The Mellow Brick Road. The Wizard of Oz condensed into 4 minutes, with soundtrack by Pogo.
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 27, 2011 - 11 comments

Not including the thousands of disc jockeys in the 80s who said it when segueing between Toto and Kansas

Even one of the greatest lines ever spoken in a movie can become hopelessly clichéd when repeated enough times, right, Toto? (SingleYouTubeContaining58Clips) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 17, 2010 - 30 comments

Watch out for Glinda, she's sneaky!

How the Wizard of Oz Should Have Ended (SLYT) via
posted by bove on Jan 2, 2010 - 37 comments

Ozmapolitan

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high,
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.

The MGM musical version of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz turned 70 this week. It wasn't the first time it was a movie, nor the last time it was a movie or a movie musical. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Aug 28, 2009 - 53 comments

Wizard of Oil

The Wizard of Oil Some well-done Photoshop fun to start the week - "Somewhere under the radar, way down low. There's a land that I heard of once, where the oil still flows. Somewhere under the radar, folks are screwed. And the schemes that you dare to scheme really do come through. One day I wrecked the family car, and daddy and my mummy Bar remind me, Of my troubles taking acid drops, the night they had to call the cops, And then they fined me. Somewhere under the radar, I'll get high. Drink Rye under the radar, Try, oh yes I'll still try Why, why must I be dry?
posted by jackspace on Aug 28, 2006 - 12 comments

Jitterbug into my brain; Goes a bang-bang-bang 'til my feet do the same.

'The Jitterbug' is a somewhat bizarre scene from the original The Wizard of Oz movie that cost $80,000 to produce and took five weeks to rehearse but was ultimately cut from the final film because, according to the studio, it would "date the film." However some say the scene represents Dorothy's loss of innocence and that this is the reason why it was cut. What makes it even more freaky is that the scene was shot by producer Harold Arlen on a home movie camera, making the whole thing look grainy and which casts the whole scene in a sort of pink-purple hue. Check out the scene for yourself over at Youtube.
posted by Effigy2000 on Aug 3, 2006 - 43 comments

Dark Side of Oz

Most of us saw The Wizard of Oz when we were kids, and discovered Dark Side of the Moon in high school. At some point someone decided to combine the two, and we ended up with the Dark Side of Oz (or Dark Side of the Rainbow). To set this up at home, you needed to start the album just as the MGM lion roared for the third time. Or you could watch it on Turner Classic Movies (who showed the film synched with DSotM in 2000). And now you can watch it on Google Video, while it lasts. My favorite part is when Dorothy walks out into the colors of Oz just as the cash registers of Money kick in.
posted by Who_Am_I on Jul 15, 2006 - 74 comments

DEFINATELY not in Kansas anymore.

The Warriors of Oz "The Heroes of Oz as You've Never Seen Them!" You got that right. Three words: "Warrior Maiden Dorothy". Not Safe For Wizard Fans
The picture on the site doesn't do justice to all the excruciatingly awful detail, but if you get a Sunday dead tree newspaper, there's an ad in most coupon sections.
posted by wendell on Apr 9, 2006 - 47 comments

The Dark Side of the Rainbow

The Synchronicity Archives includes the well known synchronization of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with a viewing of The Wizard of Oz, as well as other entertaining combinations. Has anyone tried Led Zeppelin and Lord of the Rings ?
posted by mecran01 on Jul 9, 2003 - 21 comments

You may have heard of the Dark Side of the Rainbow, the synching of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. But this isn't the only mystery that surrounds the band. The Publius Enigma is the story of an anonymous Usenet poster connected to the band in some way that claimed that The Division Bell album held a very tangible and real prize. Was it a cosmic mystery of an esoteric nature or just a gimmick to sell records?
posted by euphorb on Mar 28, 2002 - 26 comments

Pink Floyd and the Wizard of Oz? "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

Pink Floyd and the Wizard of Oz? "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore." While no one involved with Pink Floyd has ever admitted to any link between the band's seminal 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" and the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," urban legend purports that the album was conceived as an alternate soundtrack to the film.
posted by 120degrees on Jun 22, 2000 - 7 comments

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