The Wizard Of Oz

Theatrical Release: June 1, 1939
DVD Release: November 6, 1998
The Wizard Of Oz


“There’s no place like home…” Entirely remastered, the colorful characters and unforgettable songs of Oz come alive as never before. This magical cinematic event finds Kansas farm girl Judy Garland (“A Star is Born,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) caught in a tornado and magically transported to the Land of Oz. Needing help to return home, she is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the powerful Wizard (Frank Morgan). On her perilous journey, she is befriended by the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and her flying monkeys. Based on the classic book by L. Frank Baum, “The Wizard of Oz” is a dazzling motion picture achievement, featuring unforgettable songs (including Oscar-winner “Over the Rainbow”), scenery, and costumes. The film had 5 Academy Award nominations, and Garland was awarded a special Oscar for her outstanding performance.

Dove Review

This endearing story is ranked as the number one film of all time by the website Rotten Tomatoes. Judy Garland hits a perfect note both musically and dramatically as Dorothy, the bored, unhappy girl from rural Kansas who wishes she was anywhere else, like “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Dorothy hits her head as her house is swept up in a tornado and eventually lands in the colorful land of Oz with its equally colorful inhabitants.

She discovers that the house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, but is consoled by Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Then, the Wicked Witch of the West appears and tries to retrieve her dead sister’s ruby slippers, but they appear on Dorothy’s feet and protect her from harm.

In this familiar story, Dorothy is joined by a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a Cowardly Lion (Burt Lahr) as they travel to the Emerald City and make their appeals to the Wizard of Oz. He requires that they accomplish a “small” task—return with the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West—before he grants their wishes.

This epic fantasy has been a family favorite for 75 years. We are thrilled to award this timeless tale the Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages. Parents should be aware that this is an enchanting story with positive life lessons, but there are also a few scary scenes involving flying monkeys, which may be too intense for very young children.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: Tornado threatens family; witches casting spells (good and bad); house lands on wicked witch; ball of fire nearly burns scarecrow; girl captured by flying monkeys; wicked witch melts.
Drugs: Sleeping potion in poppy field.
Nudity: none
Other: Positive life lessons.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf
Director: Victor Fleming
Producer: Mervyn LeRoy
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 103 min.
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton and Charley Grapewin
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe