Wonderful Wizard of Oz – 1910

This sort of thing is exactly what Metastential is all about: sifting through the digital culture to separate the signal from the noise. We scrape through the layers of technological trends and enhancements like so many coats of paint. Scratch a little here and you see the underlying green; a little there and you find yellow. It’s a bit of digital archaeology and sometimes gives us gems.

Available among the millions of videos on YouTube is this, a filmed production of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz from 1910. You see some familiar characters but they hardly look the same. Just dig how downright frightening the Scarecrow looks and Dorothy’s livestock seem to be possessed. No wonder our grandparents and great grand parents were so crazy.

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