The High Def TBS station has been showing The Wizard of Oz tonight. Only one of the greatest movies ever. It is really something else to see it in high definition. It holds up so well for a 70 year old movie and is just sharp and gorgeous and I never get tired of watching it.
When I was growing up the movie would air on TV annually. Usually sometime in the spring. I looked forward to it every year because this was before we had cable and DVD’s or even VCR’s so there was no instant gratification. If you wanted to watch it you had to wait another 365 days to see it again.
So much of the movie is about color – Ruby Red Slippers, Emerald City, Yellowbrick Road. Yet when I was a kid we had a black and white TV. When Dorothy was in Kansas it looked black and white and when she landed in Oz – it looked black and white. It wasn’t until I was a teenager and my dad traded work for a color TV did I even know that half the movie was in color!
Let me tell you, “Horses of a Different Color” kind of lose their purpose when you can’t actually see them changing colors.
So yes, I’m enjoying HD Wizard of Oz. In bright, vibrant, glorious colors and sepia-toned Kansas.