“Under the Wizard Moon” – A Great Book for Children of All Ages!

 

Under the Wizard Moon
Author:  Aunt Raini – some illustrations by Nikki D. Caravella
Publisher:  Art Bookbindery
Hardcover – 36 pages
A weaver of dreams.  A talking toad.  And kittens that roam at night.
These are just a few of the magical characters you’ll meet in the new book for children of all ages, “Under the Wizard Moon.”
Full of smartly written poems, and brilliantly illustrated by both the author and PhoenixIllustrations’ Nikki D. Caravella, the stories are fun to read while the brightly colored accompanying illustrations will help describe the story even more.  And while some things may naturally frighten small children, the wordplay used will soon make them friendly and acceptable, an important lesson for children.  Of all ages.
To order a copy of “Under the Wizard Moon,” you can contact her on her Facebook page HERE
Beware the Kitties at Night!

“The Wizard of Oz” 75th Anniversary Prize Pack Giveaway [ENDED]

Media Mikes is teaming up with TVStoreOnline.com to giveaway some great official merchandise from “The Wizard of Oz”, which will be getting honored at the Oscars this year during its 75th anniversary. If you would like to enter for your chance to win one of these great prizes, please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite character from the film. This giveaway will remain open until March 7th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US and Canada only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.


The Wizard Of Oz Shoes To Die For V-Neck Juniors Heather Gray T-Shirt

Was The Wizard of Oz really a political story? Was it a tale of a young woman in a dream land? Or was it just the story of a girl who wanted a pair of shoes so bad that she was willing to take them off of a dying witch? Well, whichever you choose to believe, this adorable Wizard of Oz t-shirt suggests one of the more hilarious possibilities! If you’ve ever loved a pair of shoes enough to do the same, show it off with this cute Shoes Are To Die For t-shirt.

Heather Gray
100% Cotton
Juniors Fit
Juniors fit is a teenagers/young woman fit
Officially Licensed


The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Stripes with Ruby Red Slippers Socks

Has a house ever fallen on your head? If so, you may just be a wicked witch! If you’re a fan of the family classic The Wizard of Oz, these adorable socks will no doubt be quite familiar. Featuring the design of the most notorious legs in the film, these Wicked Witch of the East socks are perfect for any die hard fan of the film. Including little ruby red slippers on the bottom, these officially licensed Wizard of Oz socks are an irresistible way to show some love for your favorite movie.

Red
One Size Fits Most
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The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Ruby Red Slippers Socks

Have you ever wanted to be like Dorothy and go on a wild adventure? Well, if you’re tired of Kansas, try these officially licensed Wizard of Oz socks on for size! Featuring her technicolor blue socks and bright red ruby slippers, these Dorothy socks are perfect for any fan of this beloved family classic. Just be careful when tapping your heels three times, because we’re not quite sure what will happen with these adorable ruby slipper socks!

Red
One Size Fits Most
Officially Licensed

Win a DVD of “The Wizard of Oz” with Habitat for Humanity’s “There’s No Place Like Home” Giveaway [ENDED]

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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”, Media Mikes would like to giveaway a brand new DVD of the film. If you would like to enter for your chance to win one of this great prize, please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite character from the film. This giveaway will remain open until November 29th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US and Canada only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

The year-long charitable campaign program kicks off with a digital fundraising campaign via an interactive website: http://thewizardofoz.com/habitat. The campaign will feature several themed initiatives and builds, benefiting Habitat for Humanity’s work to create decent, safe and affordable housing.

Official Site: http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com/habitat
Wizard Of Oz on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWizardOfOzMovie

3D Blu-ray Review “The Wizard of Oz 3D”

Actors: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
Directors: Victor Fleming
Rated: G / PG
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
Run Time: 101 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 stars
3D: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 stars

Perfection! That is what “The Wizard of Oz” is! The film is celebrating its 75th anniversary and it still so relevant and beloved. The twist with this new Blu-ray release is the fact that the film has been converted in 3D. “The Wizard of Oz” is the oldest film to ever be brought into the third dimension. This isn’t no cheap 3D scam either. This 3D conversion a very intense process in which Warner Bros. performed a very high resolution 8k scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative.  So I am sure everyone is wondering “How does “The Wizard of Oz” look in 3D?” Well it is absolutely stunning. The depth is so profound and the colors really pop so well. This is a perfect example of 3D conversion done right and with love!

Official Premise: The magic of M-G-M’s wonderfully colorful and unique fantasy has melted hearts for more than seven decades with its indelible melodies and transcendent themes of family, home and the courage to pursue dreams. To celebrate the beloved movie’s 75th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has brought The Wizard of Oz into the present and beyond with a brand new kind of magic: a stunning 3D Blu-ray. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion; Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch.

This is not the film’s first go on Blu-ray, since it was released back in 2009. But it still looks absolutely stunning.  Is this new 8K transfer better than the 2009 transfer? Yes and no. There are certain things about it like the colors that stand out better for me but it isn’t much different. But like I said it is stunning nonetheless. The 2009 Blu-ray was equipped with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track.  This new release comes with a brand new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. It still sounds amazing for a film that was made 75 years ago and delivers the lines and songs that we know and love so well. This 75th Anniversary Edition comes with a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UltraViolet. So there is a little bit for everyone, just in case you don’t own a 3D TV (to be honest this would be a reason to get one for sure).

So you would thing that Warner Bros. did enough with this film converting it to 3D in a painstaking process. They would just released a bare bones Blu-ray right? Wrong!! There is actually more including a brand new and exclusive extra, “The Making of The Wizard of Oz”, which is a 70 minute newly produced, feature-length high definition documentary narrated by Martin Sheen.  Honestly this is a must have for any true fan of the film.  It is extremely extensive and really dives deep into the legacy of the film, it’s production and its affect on Hollywood since.

There is also an audio commentary track with the late Sydney Pollack, which also features noted Oz historian and author John Fricke, as well as rare interview clips with associate producer/writer Arthur Freed’s daughter, Barbara Freed-Saltzman; actress Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West) and her son Hamilton Meserve; actor Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow); actor Jack Haley (the Tin Man); John and Jane Lahr (children of actor Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion himself); uncredited co-director Mervyn LeRoy; assistant choreographer Dona Massin (who worked directly under Bobby Connolly); assistant make-up artist William Tuttle; performer Buddy Ebsen; and one of the last surviving Munchkin actors, Jerry Maren. For those who have never heard it, it is a must listen.

There is a Music and Effects Track only, which is amazing as well I loved isolated tracks and this film just works so well without the dialogue. It is a one-channel Dolby Digital audio track. Speaking of audio track, there is also the Original Mono Track included as well, which will be sure to satisfy those audio purists. Also available is the Dolby Digital track as well which is not a winner in my eyes.  There is also a sing along track as well for the following songs “Over the Rainbow,” “Munchkinland Medley,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road/You’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “If I Only Had a Heart,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had the Nerve/We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Optimistic Voices,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” and “If I Were King of the Forest.”

The rest of the special features are included on the second disc. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook” features Angela Lansbury doing a brief read-through of Baum’s work. “We Haven’t Really Met Properly” is biographies (again) narrated by Lansbury, including Frank Morgan (The Wizard), Billie Burke (Glenda the Good Witch), Terry (Toto) and many more. “Jukebox” is a fun collection of original recordings and outtakes from the film, which run about 70 minutes. There are hundreds of stills and production photos included. There is the “Lux Radio Theater Broadcast” from the 1950 Christmas radio broadcast of The Wizard of Oz including Judy Garland. “Good News of 1939 Radio Show” is another a full-length radio broadcast with host Robert Young. Lastly there are extended radio advertisements and trailers included.

Get the Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet on October 1st – http://bit.ly/1fA56uJ

Complimentary Passes to the Kansas City, MO Screening for “The Wizard of Oz” in IMAX 3D [ENDED]

With the 75th Anniversary of the release of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” approaching, Media Mikes is teaming up with Warner Brothers to send you to see the film as it’s never been seen before.

On Friday, September 20, 2013, Dorothy and her friends return to the big screen in a specially remastered 3D/IMAX presentation of “The Wizard of Oz.” We are giving you and three friends the chance to see it before anyone else.

We are giving away (25) family packs of four passes and if you would like to enter for a chance to win passes to the following advance screening:

Log on to www.GOFOBO.com/RSVP

Enter RSVP Code: MMQJD8

Passes are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is an exclusive one week engagement so be among the first to see it.

Screening Information:
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: AMC Barrywoods 24
8101 NW Roanridge Rd
Kansas City, MO 64151

DVD Review “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s The Wizard of Dizz”

Voices of Bret Iwan, Russi Taylor, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo and Tress MacNeille
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: TV-Y
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Run Time: 101 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Just when you think Disney Junior’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” cannot get any cuter we get the latest special episode from the show’s fourth season “Minnie’s The Wizard of Dizz”.  This is a new double episode musical version of “The Wizard of Oz”, which aired on June 7th on Disney Junior.  I have to admit it is one of my favorite episodes of the show in recent years. I love the mash-up with “The Wizard of Oz”, it is very fun and…did I mention cute.  My daughter is already a big fan of this new special, especially for the fantastic special features (more on that below).  If you have a baby to pre-schooler this is a must purchase for sure! Disney Junior keep these coming please!

Official Premise: Journey to a wondrous land of enchantment and surprises! The classic tale gets a brand-new twist in Minnie’s new full-length adventure: The Wizard Of Dizz. Before you can say, “pink tornado,” Minnie and Pluto end up in the silly but spectacular land of Dizz. It’s an amazing place, with rainbow trees, butterfly bows, and friendly “Chipmunchkins,” but what Minnie wants most is to get home. Together, Minnie and her new friends Scarecrow Goofy, Mickey the Tin Mouse, and Donald the Lion,set off to ask the wonderful Wizard of Dizz to make their dreams come true. But look out! Bad Witch Pete wants Minnie’s magical, sparkly green shoes, and he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve.

This DVD includes a free downloadable “Minnie Bow-Maker” app for your smartphones.  This will go right on the iPad for my daughter to enjoy.  The special features are excellent includes two additional episodes: “The Golden House”  (Episode 88, Season 3)and “Goofy’s Gone” (Episode 93, Season 3).  But wait there is more with the first ten bonus Minnie’s Bow-Toons mini-episodes from its first season including “Leaky Pipes”, “The Pom Pom Problem”, “Trouble Times Two”, “Figaro’s Friend”, “A Shop in the Dark”, “Flower Fix”, “Dance Lessons”, “In Plane Sight”, “Bow-Bot” and “Fashion Emergency”. These episodes are great and I hope they include more of these on future releases.

“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz” DVD Giveaway [ENDED]

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To celebrate the DVD release of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz”, Media Mikes would like to giveaway a DVD of the new release! If you would like to enter for your chance to win this great prize, please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite character on the show. This giveaway will remain open until July 5th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US and Canada only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Journey to a wondrous land of enchantment and surprises! The classic tale gets a brand-new twist in Minnie’s new full-length adventure: The Wizard Of Dizz. Before you can say, “pink tornado,” Minnie and Pluto end up in the silly but spectacular land of Dizz. It’s an amazing place, with rainbow trees, butterfly bows, and friendly “Chipmunchkins,” but what Minnie wants most is to get home. Together, Minnie and her new friends Scarecrow Goofy, Mickey the Tin Mouse, and Donald the Lion,?set off to ask the wonderful Wizard of Dizz to make their dreams come true. But look out! Bad Witch Pete wants Minnie’s magical, sparkly green shoes, and he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve. Overflowing with music and laughter – plus two extra episodes, and ten bonus Minnie’s Bow-Toons – this song-filled celebration of fun and friendship proves there’s no place like the clubhouse!

Wizard Video Collection Review: "Demoniac (1975)" & "Oasis of the Zombies (1982)"

Charles Band is the man behind both Meda Home Entertainment in the late 70’s and Wizard Video in 1980. He recently cleared out his warehouse and uncovered an amazing bunch of big box Wizard Video Collection that have been stuffed away for over 30 years. Shortly after Wizard Video introduced these over-sized “big VHS box” films with titles like “Zombie”, “I Spit On Your Grave” and “Breeders”, this format was returned since retailers were running out of shelf space. The big VHS box has since become a rare collectible! Well the big box is back thanks to Charles Band and Full Moon as they have uncovered 36 features discovery in his warehouse ranging with quantities from 180 boxes to 420 boxes. If you are a fan of these format and these films this is a sale that you do not want to miss as they are mint condition.

These mint boxes include the original program newly duplicated on VHS in a black clam shell included within their original box. Each original box is numbered and signed by Charles Band himself. Over the next nine months, Charles will be releasing this collectibles for the low price of $50.00.  See below for the full schedule of release.  If you don’t think that is enough also found in the collection were original boxes of the first horror video games on the planet, from Wizard Video’s sister company, Wizard Video Games. The Atari 2600 game boxes for Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween will be released TBD 2013 from Full Moon. I can’t wait to see these get a release and fingers crossed that they are going to even include the game cartridges. Fingers crossed again that I will be able to pay the mortgage still after.

I had the privilege of breaking out the old VCR and review the following big box VHS tapes from Wizard Video Collection including “Demoniac (1975)” and “Oasis of the Zombies (1982)”.  I have to tell you it felt quite good giving the VCR some love. I forgot the need for having to blow into a VCR and adjusting the tracking.  But overall it was a wonderful experience and really brought me back to the good ole VHS days.  Having grown up and worked myself in a mom and pop video story in Long Island, NY, the idea that this format still has a life always makes me smile. “Demoniac (1975)” & “Oasis of the Zombies (1982”) are two classic foreign horror films that Wizard acquired and released back in the day.  I remember seeing these boxes on my video store shelf (and not being allowed to rent). This is a feeling that I am going to miss.

“Demoniac (1975)” Official Premise: A defrocked and defamed Catholic priest (played by director Jess Franco) witnesses a series of staged Black Masses complete with phony human sacrifices that drive him insane and send him on a murderous path of redemption to cleanse the streets of the spirit of Satan. His victims, the cast and audience of the show, meet gruesome fates at the hand of the “Sword of the Lord.”

“Oasis of the Zombies (1982)” Official Premise: Robert, a student at an English university, receives word of his father’s unexpected death and returns home to Africa. While reading his father’s dairies, Robert learns of the obsession that led to his death: $6,000,000 in Nazi gold that remains buried at an oasis in the Sahara desert, protected by the restless, rotting souls who died protecting it. Using his inheritance, Robert bands together with three fellow students to wrest the unclaimed fortune from the dunes of the dead!

So the question poses itself, are these releases worth $50.00? You bet your ass they are! They are signed and are a piece of history. “Oasis of the Zombies” was just released on high-def Blu-ray last month from Kino Video. So it is very funny to have watched both of these in the span of a month.  I have to say that I really preferred the VHS copy.  The film has that grindhouse look and feel and yet it really shines on the classic video format. Since this was reproduced, the films itself both look impressive. The VHS transfers really captured the essence of the way these film are was meant to be seen. Sure it looks great on Blu-ray but who doesn’t love that gritty feel. I look forward to checking out other upcoming releases.

Website: www.Wizardvideocollection.com
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Book Review “All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wizard of Oz”

Author: Ben Caldwell
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books; Elibron Classics series edition
Release Date: September 4, 2012

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

There is never a shortage of new content for “The Wizard of Oz”.  L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz back in 1900.  Sterling Children’s Books’ is behind the new release in their fourth All-Action Classics installment with “The Wizard of Oz”. It is presented in the form of a graphic novel! I was not a mega fan of the animation style but it is bright and colorful and will sure to excite kids.  I have to give some credit to this take on L. Frank Baum’s classic fantasy, it is a unique retelling of this great story. Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” will definitely eat this up, at least until next year’s “Oz, The Great and Powerful” by Sam Raimi.

The author that adapted this book is Ben Caldwell, who is a former Marvel comic artist.  He tries his best to captures the charm of Baum’s work.  I just wasn’t a majot fan of his depiction of Dorothy and the Munchkins. The book is a decent quick read though and most importantly it was very simple for kids to jump right into. Caldwell also worked with Sterling on their first three adaptations as well in the All-Action Classics series like “Dracula”, “Tom Sawyer” and “The Odyssey”.  I am curious to see what Sterling is going to be coming up with next.