Watch the Wizard of Oz – A Classic For All Times on Satellite TV
Those ruby red slippers, the munchkins and the wicked witches – who can forget the wonderful tale of Dorothy Gale? The film is a perennial favorite. First released in 1939 by MGM at the height of the studio’s golden years, Oz wasn’t a great financial hit, but critics hailed it as outstanding and the movie has since become a classic within the film canon. Since its initial release over fifty years ago, the Wiz has been aired regularly on satellite TV and cable. It is a rite of passage and most likely has been seen by more people than any other movie over the decades.
The films ‘there’s no place like home’ images-the yellow brick road, the Emerald City, etc. – and characters have become permanent staples of popular culture. There have been hundreds of references and tributes in books, TV shows, songs and art. Over the years, Dorothy has become an archetype, representing a character that, in some respect, we can all relate to.
The plot of the movie itself closely follows that of the novel by Frank L. Baum. A lonely, young Dorothy Gale dreams of escape from her dreary Kansas farm life. She lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, constantly thinking of ‘somewhere over the rainbow”. One day, during a rough tornado, Dorothy is struck unconscious and is transported along with her little dog Toto into that land beyond the rainbow. In the Land of Oz, Dorothy meets the Good Witch Glinda who tells the young girl to head to the Emerald City via the Yellow Brick Road. There she is to encounter the Wizard of Oz who can transport her back to Kansas. Along her journey, she meets a series of fantastical characters: the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. They all join her on her trip to the Emerald City, hoping to find what they themselves lack-respectively, a heart, a brain and courage. All the while, they have to fight against the Wicked Witch of the West who sports a twisted nose and has flying monkey minions to do her evil bidding. The path is not an easy one. In the end, however, Dorothy gets some lovely shoes and her wish comes true.
As stated earlier, the film wasn’t a commercial success; it did however, garner nominations for its music, namely the title song, ‘Over the Rainbow’ which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Picture. Judy Garland was catapulted into the limelight for her role and will forever be known to young and old as Dorothy Gale.
Today you can watch the film in all its Technicolor glory in high definition or HD. It is a great movie for the whole family and has been listed as one of the top movies of all time. It is indeed America’s best-loved fairy tale. The film frequently airs on Turner Classic Movies and TBS Superstation. If perchance, you’ve been living under a rock and you haven’t seen the film, check your satellite TV listings-it’s definitely a movie that shouldn’t be missed.
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