All prints shown/made from 1956 to 1988 have the Kansas scenes in black and white, not the original sepia tones. The 1989 50th anniversary video cassette restores the sepia color of the Kansas scenes. All theatrical re-releases, TV airings, and video releases since then has the scenes in the sepia tones.
Original preview versions of "The Wizard of Oz" ran eleven minutes longer than the current version; These are the scenes that were cut or shortened to reduce the running time:- The "Tornado" scene was slightly longer, showing some extreme close-ups of the tornado. This footage was not gone forever, like most of the other scenes that were cut, but rather vaulted.- During the "If I Only had a Brain" sequence, there was originally a spectacular dance that Ray Bolger did. In the current release, he sang the first and second verses of "If I Only had a Brain", then fell over. In the original, though, he sang the first and second verses, began to dance around, and eventually a crow takes a large portion of the scarecrows straw, and so the scarecrow flies in the air to get his straw back, and he does. Then, he does some splits (forward and backward), and then a pumpkin rolls down the road, and just as it goes through the scarecrow's legs, he jumps high into the air. Now, he comes down, bounces against the fences, sings a third verse of "If I Only Had a Brain", then falls down. The edited Ray Bolger Scarecrow dance sequence can be seen in part in the film That's Dancing (1985).- A scene where the Wicked Witch of the West turns the tin man into a bee hive (as she threatned to do) was cut out for the current version.- During the "Lions and Tigers and Bears" scene, those words are said several more times in the premiere version.- There was originally a scene where the Witch sends a pink and blue bug (known as the "Jitterbug") into the haunted forest "to take the fight out of" Dorothy and her friends. When the Jitterbug bit one of the characters, he\she would start dancing helplessly. This is perhaps the most famous deleted scene of them all, but the actual footage no longer exists. All there is left of the "Jitterbug" scene is home movies that the composer, Harold Arlen, filmed during rehearsals, and the sound track of the song.- A reprise of "Over the Rainbow" which Dorothy sings while locked in the witches castle was c
A special trailer prepared for the opening of a Loew's theater in Cairo included test make-up shots for the lead characters and an alternate take of "Over The Rainbow".
The 2000 Warner Brothers DVD edition suffers from print defects due to shrinkage of the materials used in the restoration, and cuts out one line of Dorothy's in the scene where Miss Gulch comes to pick up Toto: some minor dialogue of Dorothy's (A "Oh Toto, no!") is edited out.
From 1967 to 1984 on NBC-TV CBS-TV airings of the film, the film was edited to sell more commercial time. As the amount of commercial time on network television gradually increased, more scenes were cut. According to film historian John Fricke, these cuts started with solely a long tracking shot of Munchkin Land after Dorothy arrives there. The rest of the film remained intact. Also according to Fricke, more wholesale cutting of the film took place when CBS regained the TV rights in 1975. By the 1980s, the other excised shots included: the film's dedication in the opening credits, continuity shots of Dorothy and Toto running from the farm, establishing shots of the cyclone, the aforementioned Munchkin Land sequence, the establishing shot of the poppy field, and bits and pieces of the trip to the Witch's castle. CBS finally showed the uncut version beginning in 1985 by time compressing it. Network airings in the 1990s were uncut and not time-compressed; the film aired in a 2-hour, 10-minute time period.
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