Wizard of Oz, The
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: -1/2

It's been almost 60 years since MGM first adapted L. Frank Baum's children's classic for the big screen. After an absence of 25 years this Technicolor musical masterpiece is once again finding it's way to the box office. This time Dorothy's journey through the enchanted Land of Oz is digitally enhanced through modern Technicolor processing providing better picture quality and an improved soundtrack is remastered in Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Oz has never looked or sounded better. After a tornado transports her house to the mysterious Land of Oz, Dorothy (Judy Garland) , a Kansas farm girl, and her dog must travel to Emerald City to find a wizard who can help her get back home. While following the yellow brick road leading to Emerald City, Dorothy encounters three individuals who, like herself, need assistance from the wonderful wizard of Oz. A scarecrow in search of a brain, a tin man in search of a heart and a cowardly lion searching for courage all join Dorothy on her adventure. All the while, the Wicked Witch of the West pursues Dorothy wanting the ruby slippers that Dorothy now wears. These are the slippers Dorothy acquires after accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East.

This timeless classic will delight audiences of all ages. And the improvements in the picture and sound are sure to give new life to one of the most popular pictures of all time. This classic film was made in a time when objectionable language was never used in children's movies. There are a few scenes of moderate violence that may frighten young children, but all of this violence is mild in comparison to today's children's films. Unfortunately, THE WIZARD OF OZ contains several questionable elements. Both a traveling gypsy and the Wicked Witch of the West consult a crystal ball, several spells are cast by witches and the tin man is mysteriously levitated in a haunted forest. But our true objection to this children's classic is the portrayal of a good witch, Glenda the Witch of the North. When Dorothy and her companions fall asleep in a magical field of poppies, Glenda rescues them with a spell that causes it to snow. Witchcraft in films as long as it is displayed as evil and undesirable can be tolerated. But by portraying a good witch, the film suggests that some witchcraft is good and desirable. Desirable witchcraft is not Biblical. So, we have some reservations in recommending THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Preview Reviewer: Rik Wyrick
Distributor: Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA, 91522

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times - Moderate (house lands on woman, trees and flying monkeys attack travelers, scarecrow catches fire, woman melts, tornado destruction)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Field of poppies causes travelers to sleep
Other: Both good and wicked witches portrayed casting spells, gypsy and witch use crystal ball, wizard portrayed without true magical powers.
Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: All ages

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