DVD A wonderful 'Wizard'
You've probably caught "The Wizard of Oz" dozens of times, but you've never seen it in such a pristine presentation as on today's Blu-ray debut. In its new high-def makeover, the 1939 classic looks, well, wonderful. There's not a blemish to be found, not even on the face of the young Judy Garland -- although you can clearly study all of the characters' brilliantly composed makeup and costumes. The set includes a jaw-dropping number of disc-based extras totaling more than 16 hours, including historical commentary, a sing-along feature and copious amounts of making-of material. Just for the heck of it, Warner Home Video has thrown in the Frank L. Baum TV biopic "The Dreamer of Oz," starring John Ritter, and the six-hour studio documentary "MGM: When the Lion Roars." But the set also includes real collectibles, too -- a 52-page hardcover book about the production, a one-page replica of the film's budget, a reproduction of the film's campaign kit and even a wristwatch. The price? A hefty $85 (about $50 from discounters). For now, it's the only way to get the high-def version of "The Wizard of Oz." There's also a 70th-anniversary DVD version for the unwashed standard-def masses -- $75 for the gift set, $25 for a two-disc release.
RANDY A. SALAS
Also out today: "Away We Go," "CSI: NY" (Season 5), "How I Met Your Mother" (Season 4), "Life on Mars" (full series), "Management," "Midsomer Murders" (Set 13), "Monsters vs. Aliens," "The Patty Duke Show" (Season 1), "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies," "The Unit" (Season 4).
GAMEQuick on the draw
The charming Nintendo DS game "Scribblenauts" ($30, rated Everyone 10+) boasts a thoroughly original gimmick. Instead of providing a limited set of tools to solve its puzzles, it encourages you to use your imagination. Think a ladder would be useful? Switch to the keyboard, type in "ladder" and -- voilà! -- one appears on the screen. The studio says there are tens of thousands of nouns in the game's dictionary, so you can conjure up anything from an aardvark to a zucchini (within the bounds of good taste). You'll want to keep using certain objects, such as a rope or a helicopter, but "Scribblenauts" rewards you for trying different tools. There are some frustrations: Some objects don't do what you might expect, and the main character can be hard to control. But with dozens of clever puzzles, and even more ways to solve them, there's a lot of value in this innovative package.
LOU KESTEN, ASSOCIATED PRESS