Picks and Pans Review: The Wizard of Oz

updated 12/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

A child seeing it for the first time may marvel at Margaret Hamilton's green face, unorthodox even by wicked witch standards. An adult who has seen the film a dozen times may suddenly become aware of the bittersweet wisdom in the script when Frank Morgan, as the Wizard, finally admits he can't pull off any miracles. To just about anyone, at any time, this is still a glorious movie—for the Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg score, the Judy Garland/Ray Bolger/Jack Haley/Bert Lahr camaraderie (and upstaging), the pacing, the color. The video loses only a little in the reduction to TV screen size. Just as no home library should be without a copy of Huckleberry Finn, if you're only going to buy one videotape, this should be it. (MGM/UA, $29.95)

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