I enjoyed the Wizard of Oz
when I was a kid -- I think. At least the bright, shiny parts. All the darkness and weird of flying monkeys (beware!) who kidnap people, orange-tinted little people, and assassins and trials along such a pretty yellow brick road may have tainted the joy there just a bit. Other films that had similar layers and deep metaphor were probably far more subtle and less technicolor about it so, in my single digit years, rolled gently into my subconscious.Oz
not so. It still kinda' disturbs me today. So many cute and fuzzy things that are so, well, not in that movie. Only one cure exists for this that I know of: Pink Floyd. That's right. The ol' Dark Side of the Moon thing
. Taking the trip that is the Wizard of Oz
all the way to its extreme by how uncannily well that album syncs with it is the only way to go. Even without mind-altering drugs or alcohol! Seen like this completely lucent it's still a trippy ride!
If you've never attempted this marriage of Oz
and Floyd, I highly recommend it. Here's how to set it up:
- Gather up copies of Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon
- If you can, make sure there's no silent space between tracks of Dark Side especially if you burned it to CD yourself
- Queue up the album from the first track and keep it on pause
- Start the movie and, once the MGM lion finishes his third roar, play the music
- The syncing works best the first time through the movie but, when in doubt, have the album on repeat
That's it! Sit back and enjoy the creepy/joyful ride!