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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 20 Aug 2004 12:59:30 -0500
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_His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz_ (1914) was the basis for _The
Scarecrow of Oz_ (the film came first; the novel in 1915).  This is
available in several ok videos taken from the Em Gee print.  The DVD
is based on the American Home entertainment Version, with its
infamously inappropriate music and narration by hardcore/softcore
porn/T&A SF horror star Jacqueline Lovell.  Hungry Tiger Press is
working on an improved version (the film is cropped, since it uses
space for image that is now reserved for the soundtrack) but they have
no idea when they will have it ready.

The set includes _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_ (1910), a bizarre
amalgam of elements of the stage show with elements not only from the
first book (there was no witch melting in the stage show, for
example, but there is in the 1910 film) and elements from the
sequels (Hank the Mule, Eureka, the Hungry Tiger, a magic turnstyle
(coincidence or influence, not derivation)), plus its own oddities
like flying lizards.


> Date sent:      Thu, 19 Aug 2004 22:15:16 EDT
> Send reply to:  Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject:        Re: [SCREEN-L] The Wizard of Oz
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> In a message dated 8/16/2004 10:17:55 PM Central Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
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> releasing a 3-disc set of DVDs called "More Treasures from American Film
> Archives", which will include a 1910 film called "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz",
> described as the earliest surviving film version.
> >>
> Is this the movie that was based on the book _The Scarecrow of Oz_,
> or is it the one that was based on the stage show?
> Evelyn Duncan
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