Q: Is it true that “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from The Wizard of Oz? – Harry B., Tempe, Ariz.
A: Yes. Producers wanted to trim the two-hour film to 100 minutes, and that song, Judy Garland’s only solo, was one they cut for an early preview. Associate producer Arthur Freed fought to put it back in. In honor of the movie’s 75th anniversary this year, IMAX theaters nationwide will show it for one week beginning Sept. 20. The collector’s edition Blu-ray
goes on sale Oct. 1.