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The Wizard of Oz 70th anniversary events include concert, free online viewing

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Wizard of Oz 7oth Anniversary

The 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009. In honor of the iconic film’s birthday, a 70th Anniversary “The Wizard of Oz: Ultimate Collectors Edition” will be released on Blu-ray DVD on September 29, 2009, a special concert will be held in New York City and the film will be available for free on the Internet for a limited time.p>Watch the Wizard of Oz online

On September 8, 2009, Netflix announced that they would offer online viewing the digitally re-mastered “The Wizard of Oz” for free in honor of the film’s 70th anniversary.

The full-length classic will be available online without commercial interruption, on Saturday, October 3, 2009, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST until 9:00 a.m. the next day. In order to watch “The Wizard of Oz” online, viewers will need the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. The hi-def restoration will also be available for free with Netflix compatible devices including Blu-ray DVD players, TiVo DVRs and on Microsoft’s XBox 360.

“The Wizard of Oz” Concert in Central Park

Netflix will also broadcast a “Wizard of Oz” concert from New York’s Central Park featuring actress and Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Julianne Hough. The concert on September 28, 2009, will feature contemporary versions of the classics from “The Wizard of Oz.” After the concert, a screening of the restored “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented on a giant screen in the park.

“The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition” Blu-ray

The two-disc Blu-ray DVD set goes on sale on September 29, 2009. The collectible limited-edition box set features a new sing-along track, commentary, outtakes and deleted scenes and six original trailers for the movie. The “Wizard of Oz” collectors edition will also include a 70th Anniversary collectible watch, a book titled “Behind the Curtain,” and replicas of the movie’s original budget and campaign book.

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