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THE WIZARD OF OZ IMAX 3D trailer.

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The Wizard of Oz premiered August 25, 1939.  73 years, 9 months, and 9 days later, the Technicolor icon has taken it’s place among film’s eternal classics.  That means it is nearly the 75th anniversary, and Warner Bros. has big plans.  First, WB will partner with IMAX to release a converted 3D Wizard of Oz in 400 IMAX theaters.  Today Warner Bros. released the official trailer for the re-release, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little tempted to partake in this cash grab.  Anyone who calls themselves a cinephile, loves classic Hollywood, and it doesn’t get more classic than The Wizard of Oz.

The re-release will hit 400 selected IMAX theaters on September 20, 2013, with a 5-disc blu-ray set to be release on October 1, 2013.

There are currently no plans for release on standard screens, but a limited international release is in the works.  The theatrical re-release will be followed by a five-disc Blu-ray set—featuring a new documentary on the making of the movie—on October 1.

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It will be interesting to see how such an old movie handles the conversion process.  To date the oldest film to undergo a 3D conversion is Beauty and the Beast (1991)—the oldest live-action conversion is Jurassic Park (1993).  The age of the master print may not make a difference or (for all I know) be even easier to dimensionalize, but it is a significant jump to new territory for 3D conversion.

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