The Wiz  – Scarecrow 

“Making The Wiz was an education for me on so many levels. As a recording artist I already felt like an old pro, but the film world was completely new to me. I watched as closely as I could and learned a lot.”

“I love film very, very much. I think it’s the most expressive of all of the art mediums.”


Released to cinemas in 1978, and was later released on video. The is a black musical version of the one of Michael Jackson favourite films The Wizard Of Oz. Michael Jackson stars as a loveable Scarecrow with Diana Ross starring as Dorothy. Running time 138 mins.
The Wiz soundtrack featureS Michael on 6 songs, Ease On Down The Road (3 versions), Brand New Day, Be A Lion, A Brand New Day ay, Be A Lion, A Brand New Day.

Publisher: Universal City Studios, Inc.
Year of Release: 1979
Program Time: Approximately 129 minutes

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release “The Wiz” 30th Anniversary Edition DVD on February 5, 2008.  The DVD release will include a digitally remastered picture, all-new 5.1 surround sound and the vintage featurette “Wiz on Down the Road.”  As an added bonus, there will be an 8-song CD featuring songs from the original soundtrack.  “The Wiz” was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.

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Never had such true words been spoken. That was a line form the film the wiz
where in Jackson plays the down cared fun loving but truly smart scarecrow in this 1979 film starring opossite Diana Ross, and high profile entertainers Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne. The film was panned by critics un be known to the African American community where it was so loved. The music, and songs became instant classics. Some of the songs from the movie charted on radio countdowns and broke records, not to mention sung over by notable singing divas. Nominated for an Oscar, this film gave an underlying message to the community to hope and believe, along with a coming of change, Freedom, and independence. But all demographics can relate to those messages.

Source: Michael Jackson: More Than A Musician