1939 Classic 'Wizard of Oz' Set for IMAX 3D Re-Release This Year
We knew it would happen one day. They finally converted The Wizard of Oz to glorious, gimmicky 3D. But - why?! The official announcements comes from USA Today (via SlashFilm), where they reveal plans for a limited one-week IMAX 3D special engagement of the 1939 Oscar-winning technicolor musical classic. The film is getting a restoration for another Blu-Ray release and is the first high profile classic 3D upgrade, now being compared to color in Oz. "The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional, but it's the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing, maybe what people felt when they first saw it."
The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Billie Burke as Glinda and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, will get its IMAX 3D re-release starting September 20th later this year. The musical will play in 400 IMAX theaters nationwide for one week before the 75th Anniversary Blu-Ray hits shelves after. Referring to the experience of seeing so much vibrant color on film at that time, IMAX CEO Greg Foster says, "that must have been an amazing experience to see it then, to be truly taken away to another world. That's what we'd like to do [with IMAX 3D]." Do we really need this? I love Wizard of Oz, but I'm not into this 3D trend. What about you?