Sunday, June 30, 2013

JACK PAAR REMEMBERS JUDY GARLAND a rare and private recording.

DISCLAIMER: Although we believe that Jack Paar was sincere in his intentions, he is factually off base on several points, and sensationalizes others. The general spirit and tone of his memories seem in keeping with the Garland persona of that era, but Mr. Paar is not a historian. Big thanks to collector Tom G. for donating the audio recording to TJGE library.

Friday, June 21, 2013

NEW FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP for the week of june 16, 2016

Homepage by Allen Morris

Here is the rundown of the new audio files posted to the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience.
To access the files click HERE.

Judy Garland and Harold Arlen join forces at the Shrine Auditorium, February 25, 1941.

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney with the debut live performance of one of their biggest movie hits. Collectors take note that this is an upgraded version.

June Christy, Live in Canada, 1971.

As usual, good old, dependable Judy has a song for every occasion.

TWO NIGHTS AT WESTBURY! Judy's opening and closing night performances. Recorded June 13th and 18th, 1967.

Presents JUDY GARLAND and MICKEY ROONEY in MERTON OF THE MOVIES. Originally broadcast November 17, 1941. Collectors please note that the sound quality has been upgraded with this version.

Chuck Jackson at the Lone Star Cafe. Chuck slows down one of his biggest hits and comes thisclose to bringing it to church.

June Christy's solos from Bobby Troup's 1968 Fall TV Special.

Anthony Perkins sings selections from the Judy Garland songbook.

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Click on the video above to view Judy Garland's 
restored interview with Helen O'Connell, 1961.

Director Stanley Kramer witnesses Judy Garland signing her contract 
to play Irene Hoffman in his production of Judgment At Nuremberg.

Judy Garland rehearses on the set

Judy Garland, Richard Widmark, and Howard Caine, 
rehearsing on the set.


Per director Frank Labrador:
"Restoration of the segment about the filming of "Judgment at Nuremburg" by NBC-TV's "Here's Hollywood" weekday series (originally broadcast on June 23, 1961). Helen O'Connell interviewed Judy Garland on camera for this segment in March 1961, but the footage that survived does not have the complete audio. Judy's replies could be heard but not Helen's questions...until NOW. Here is the radio broadcast version of this interview, which is complete. For the first time, this radio version was combined to create this brand new, restored version of this historic interview on the "Judgment at Nuremburg" film set. For portions where there is no video, behind-the-scenes photos from David Price's digital photograph collection were used. ENJOY!
Judy Garland is readied for her first scene in the film.

Judy Garland being directed by Stanley Kramer.

P.S. Please note the "Here's Hollywood" opening and end credits used in this video were lifted from a different episode in 1962 -- the only one that I could find online. So Helen's announcement about the guests for the next show is not historically correct."
Helen O'Connell

Judy Garland and Stanley Kramer arrive at 
 the  Berlin premiere of Judgemet At Nuremberg.

Judy Garland was nominated for an Academy 
Award for her portrayal of Irene Hoffman Wallner.

The cast poses with a cardboard cut out of Marlene Dietrich.

Liza Minnelli knows there isn't anything quite like a hug from your mom...

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Hi Everyone!

First, let me thank all of you for all of the messages of positive love and beautiful wishes. I have read all of them. They have meant the world to me and have overwhelmed me with great emotion. All of you will be getting a bill for all of the mascara and eye make-up that you have ruined...

I finished my fourth chemo treatment today...yay! Two more to go! I'm feeling fine, in fact, I'm in Beverly Hills with my BFF doing some retail therapy (SHHHH, don't tell my husband!). By the way, he has been so wonderful, strong, loving, supportive, and just plain old terrific through this journey with me. When we got married he said, "for richer, for sickness and in health," and he meant it. Of course, my children have been my rock and my reason to keep on this road. This road that hasn't been paved sparkling and smooth...more like bumpy, pot holes, and long dark curves. But now, I see the light at the end of this frightening race track. My core friends, they have been so startlingly helpful and so present with me. I cherish their friendship with all my heart.

This time in my life has been the biggest challenge I have ever undertaken. For me and everyone who has had to look cancer in the face, I thank my higher power every day that I live in a time where there are scientists and doctors who deal with cancer on a level of excellence and continue to push forward in the war on this disease!

I can't wait to get back to work in August. I look forward to being able to sing and say thank you to you all in person!

Love, Lorna

Tuesday, June 4, 2013





Film Returns to the Big Screen for Exclusive IMAX® 3D One-Week Run on September 20

75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Available October 1 on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD and UltraViolet™

Burbank, Calif. June 4, 2013 – Marking the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film which will launch a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.

Kicking off the celebration, The Wizard of Oz 3D will be presented in the immersive IMAX® 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX® theatres across North America beginning September 20, 2013.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with IMAX® as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic film,” said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “The Wizard of Oz IMAX® 3D Experience is an integral part of our studio-wide anniversary initiative and we are excited to give fans the rare opportunity to see this stunning version on the big screen.”

“The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films of all time and we are thrilled that our longtime partners at Warner Bros. have made IMAX® a part of this exciting milestone event,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX® Entertainment.

“This film revolutionized the use of color and special effects in cinema, and we’re excited to add another ‘first’ – bringing this timeless classic to moviegoers through the power of The IMAX 3D Experience® for the very first time.”

The IMAX® release The Wizard of Oz will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX®'s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Following the IMAX® theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release a limited and numbered The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on October 1, 2013, featuring the 3D version of the film and more.

“Seventy-five years later, The Wizard of Oz continues its reign as a multi-generational favorite, with nearly 100 percent awareness among adults and more than 80 percent awareness among children,” said Jeff Baker, WBHE Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog. “In this new 3D version, the film is bound to make history all over again—with both past and future fans.”

The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will debut as a five-disc set that will include Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film; a new documentary, The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; bonus features and premium collectibles ($105.43 SRP). Three more editions will be available separately: a two-disc 3D/Blu-ray ($35.99 SRP), a one-disc Blu-ray ($19.98 SRP) and a two-disc DVD ($16.95 SRP). All four will contain the new documentary and extra content.

SPECIAL FEATURES will include all previously released special features along with:

· ALL-NEW Documentary! The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz—This candid overview of how a troubled production overcame the odds to become an integral part of American culture features contributions from historians John Fricke and Sam Wasson, composers Stephen Schwartz and Marc Shaiman, critics Leonard Maltin and Michael Sragow, Bert Lahr’s son John as well as revealing interview clips with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Buddy Ebsen, Margaret Hamilton and Mervyn LeRoy, among others.

· NEW! Exclusive Collectible Memorabilia —A collectible 75th Anniversary journal; Sparkle RUBY SLIPPERS™ Globe; Noble Collection 3-piece enamel pin set, a Map of Oz and a 48-page hardcover book. Collection is limited and numbered.

The 3D conversion was a long and complex project which Warner Bros. initiated with a very high resolution (8k) scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative. The restored 2D image was then transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3D imagery and determine distances from the viewer’s vantage point. This was followed by the long process (with the use of a rotoscope) to further refine viewer distances and fully layer shapes and objects.

“People have asked for years about The Wizard of Oz 3D conversion. My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is,” said Ned Price, Warner Technical Operations’ Vice President of Mastering. “As a kid, I was so enthralled by this film. Watching it, you just want to enter the frame, enter the Land of Oz. This new version will allow you to do just that.”

In support of the 75th anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ extensive licensing program of more than 80 top-tier licensees will expand with new partnerships. Leading the way is master toy partner Jazwares, along with Mattel, Rubies, Lionel, Steiff, USAopoly, Thomas Kinkade, and many more that will be taking part in the celebration. Special commemorative anniversary product will be available across a wide array of categories including apparel, jewelry, collectibles, publishing, stationery and paper goods, toys and games, slot machines and personal care.

In addition, the Warner Bros. releases will be massively supported by a far-reaching promotional campaign encompassing numerous participants. National corporate partners include (to date) promotional activities with a Major National Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR), the debut of a giant hot-air balloon and balloonhead characters in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as joint programs with Amtrak, Gourmet Trading Company, Langers Juice, QVC and Simon Malls®. In collaboration with the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, new child passenger safety Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring iconic elements from The Wizard of Oz film will be distributed and run in donated media nationally.

The Wizard of Oz themed competition will also be featured on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” to be aired later this year.

About the Movie

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. DOROTHY™ was portrayed by a 4'11" sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared as the SCARECROW™; Bert Lahr as the COWARDLY LION™, Jack Haley as the TIN MAN™. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the wonderful “Wizard of Oz" himself.

The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award® nominations[i], including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars®—Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when M-G-M reissued the film in 1949 and 1955. The film made a new kind of history with its network television premiere in 1956 on CBS. Nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast, marking the beginning of an annual tradition. Ever since, The Wizard of Oz has been shown virtually annually on network (and then cable) television; its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co. (s13).

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Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.




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