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Featurette Highlights Impressive IMAX 3D 'Wizard of Oz' Restoration

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September 12, 2013
Source: IMAX

The Wizard of Oz

Don't forget that the classic film The Wizard of Oz is coming back to theaters, but this time it will be presented for the first time in IMAX 3D, just before the 75th Anniversary Blu-Ray hits shelves shortly thereafter. Now a cool featurette has surfaced showcasing all the hard work that went into restoring the film and converting it to 3D for the best possible presentation on the giant screen. From a brief display of how the crew outlines the imagery for 3D conversion to the use of the IMAX screen, this is a fantastic look into the restoration of a classic, and shows that this experience will truly be something to behold. Watch below!

Here's the cool featurette for The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D re-release from IMAX:

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]." I love Wizard of Oz, it's one of my all-time favorites, but I don't think I'll see it in 3D. Anyone?

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  • Chris Groves
    The Wizard of Oz has never really been my thing, to be honest. On a somewhat related note: A lot of people always compared Avatar to being 'like Star Wars for a new generation' but in a lot of ways it really is an echo of The Wizard of Oz more-so than Star Wars. But then again, it could be argued that Star Wars was The Wizard of Oz for it's own generation...and that maybe every generation has their own equivalent. The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Avatar...I don't know.
    • cobrazombie
      But most people have forgotten the soulless Avatar -- except when Jim Cameron mentions those five, six? sequels every few months. And Avatar has never resonated anywhere near Star Wars or Wizard of Oz levels.
      • Chris Groves
        Well, it hasn't been around nearly as long. I wasn't exactly talking about cultural/iconic status, just regarding the kind of impact it made upon it's release and the type of film it is thematically. You certainly don't seem to have forgotten about Avatar. Love it or hate it, it seems like nobody can shut up about it, and that's a powerful thing.
  • HyperJ
    Yet more 3D post-processing treating elements as flat planes. Ugh. (at least in the scene they were highlighting)

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