THE WIZ (1978)
This stunning retake on The Wizard of Oz is one of the lushest film productions ever created. It’s a soulful version of the classic tale of Dorothy and her little dog Toto getting whisked away to the magical land of Oz, this film infuses the original film with touches of soul and funk alike. Filmed in New York City, several of the city’s landmarks are re-imagined as Emerald City phenomenon. Stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ricard Pryor, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross and Lena Horne. Directed by Sidney Lumet (RIP). Ovation Channel | 8 AM and 11 AM EST.
Another from the Porvaznik family nights at the drive-in and even though The Wiz as a whole hasn’t stood the test of time too well, with musical arrangements by Qunicy Jones, still can’t get enough of “Ease on Down the Road.” Also continue to dig that Richard Pryor and Nipsey Russell appear in the same movie.
Later on Ovation, a tribute to Heath Ledger (4PM EST) and Marvin Gaye Live in ’76 (1 AM EST 4/27).