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WIZARD OF OZ to be re-released in IMAX 3D for the 75th anniversary.

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:38 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.  WB has quietly remastered the Oz print for the last four months before presenting the test run to IMAX.  IMAX presient Greg Foster remarked, “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.”

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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