Tuesday, April 15, 2014

i5 Publishing Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Magazine

One of the fine gentlemen behind the Toto Memorial received an advanced copy of this new magazine.  There is a section on Toto which features the beautiful statue and pedestal. 
The magazine should be hitting stores around April 22.  It sells for $9.99.  96 pages  A hardcover version will be released in November.  

Photo Courtesy Toto Memorial 

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musical, this new book The Wizard of Oz offers a rare glimpse into the creation of the classic film, its creator L. Frank Baum, the Academy Award-winning score, the leading lady, and the Oz phenomenon that continues to captivate the world.

Although Oz creator L. Frank Baum died twenty years prior to the release of MGM's celebrated film, his fascinating career and story, as told in this new book, will surprise even the most devoted Oz fans. Prior to MGM's 1939 release of the movie, Baum's book was featured as a Broadway musical, with songs by the justifiably forgotten Fred R. Hamlin, and two bizarre silent movies. The enduring appeal and lasting influence of The Wizard of Oz are discussed in a special chapterby creator's great-grandson Roger Baum.

The Wizard of Oz will lead the reader down the proverbial yellow brick road to discover:

The seven flawless decisions MGM made to adapt Baum's sprawling children's book into a movie musical.

The groundbreaking moviemaking techniques, MGM's second full-length Technicolor film.

The surprising story behind Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's superlative score, which includes "Over the Rainbow," considered the greatest movie song of all time.

How Judy Garland won "Dorothy," her most enduring role, after 20th Century Fox refused to loan Shirley Temple to MGM.

The birth of film's greatest canine star, Cairn Terrier, Terry, as Dorothy's little dog "Toto".

The many everyday Oz expressions that come from the most oft-quoted movie of all time

How the Wicked Witch of the West (renamed her Elphaba after Oz creator's initials) was remade "for good" in Broadway's Oz prequel Wicked.

This celebration of the iconic film is a must-have for all Wizard of Oz lovers.

Photo  Courtesy Toto Memorial

If you are not familiar with the Toto Memorial please see this earlier blog entry: http://curiozitycorner.blogspot.com/2010/12/totos-grave-situation.html

It's really quite a remarkable story and Oz fans should be forever grateful. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilting Treasures 75 Years of Wickedness

Quilting Treasures 75 Years of Wickedness Collection shipping to stores now.  Six designs and a Wicked Witch fabric panel. Quilting Treasures is sold only through independent retailers. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Record Day Exclusive Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Soundtrack

WaterTower Music is releasing a special 12" green vinyl edition of The Wizard of Oz soundtrack.  Included is a code to download a previously unreleased version of 'If I Only Had a Brain'.   The suggested retail is $18.98. 

This special edition will be for sale for one day only, April 19th at participating music stores.  This is going to be an interesting hunt as all stores will not get all titles.  Please see http://www.recordstoreday.com/ for a list of participating stores. 

Photos, video, and Info courtesy WaterTower Music

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hallmark Wizard of Oz Keepsake Ornaments 2014

It's Shoe Time!!     $17.95

There's No Place Like Home       $34.95

It's Shoe Time and There's No Place Like Home will be available for ornament premiere July 12 - 20.   Also there is a porcelain Madame Alexander Dorothy in the Poppyfields ornament for Club Members only.   Join the club here:   http://www.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornament-club/

Porcelain Ruby Slippers 
Available during ornament debut October 4 - 12

Thank you ever so much to Hallmark Bob for the info and photos!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jim Shore Wizard of Oz Minis

Ranging in size from from 4 1/2" to 5" tall.   
Estimated release of September 15 2014
SRP: $30.00 each

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rubies Costumes 2014

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz in style with these new costume designs from Rubies Costumes!  Check your favorite Halloween shop this fall.....

Ozwear for Totos of all breeds and sizes

Little Girl Costumes are tu-tu cute!!

Sassy Ladies of Oz

Steampunk is a VERY popular Oz theme this year

And my personal favorite from this year's line:
Make Up Kits