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 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

The Wizard of Oz is getting a 21st-century update — 3D and all. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Warner Bros. announces a 3D re-release of the classic family film and rated PG. Fans are skeptical

The next time you're off to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz, you should probably bring your 3D glasses along. Warner Bros. announced that it will celebrate the company's 90th anniversary by converting its most beloved film — 1939's The Wizard of Oz — into 3D. The Wizard of Oz's fully remastered, 3D-converted re-release will arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray in fall 2013, and a 3D re-release in movie theaters is to follow on September 20th and in IMAX. Of course, not everyone is excited about this new twist on an old favorite. Fans have decried the decision as "the ultimate slap in the face" to devotees of the classic film. Is it really such a bad idea?

3D could improve The Wizard of Oz: "The Wizard of Oz is one classic-era film I'd love to see in 3D," says Lou Lumenick at The New York Post. The film's bold colors and otherworldly setting make 3D a perfect fit. And if you really don't want to see The Wizard of Oz in 3D, you don't have to. Though Warner Bros. hasn't made an official announcement about a non-3D Blu-Ray release, it's obvious that the studio won't miss the chance to release its "most valuable and lucrative catalogue title" in every format imaginable — including a version without 3D.
"DVD extra: 3D Wizard of Oz no cause for alarm"

3D won't make The Wizard of Oz better: "Can't we just appreciate this movie for the gem it's always been?" asks Britt Hayes at Screen Crush. There's a reason that The Wizard of Oz has endured for more than 70 years — it's a "beautiful film, and there's really nothing they need to do to make it better." Warner Bros. is crazy to think they can take one of the most beloved movies of all time, slap on a few 3D effects, and make it better.
"Warner Bros. is converting The Wizard of Oz to 3D, obviously, and releasing the largest Blu-Ray/DVD collection ever"

Either way, this is a cynical, moneymaking move: The really irritating thing about this story is the way Warner Bros. keeps trying to squeeze more money out of The Wizard of Oz, says Kevin Jagernauth at Indiewire. This movie has already had a "Two-Disc Special Edition" and a "Three-Disc Collector's Edition," not to mention another release on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 2009. Asking your biggest fans to shell out more money for yet another version of The Wizard of Oz is "a pretty appalling way" to treat the people who helped you reach a 90th anniversary in the first place.
"Warner Bros. converting classic The Wizard of Oz to 3D for yet another home video release"

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I think the most salient point is that nobody has to buy this 3-D version.

Warner isn't holding a gun to anyone's head.

I'm very curious as to how the 3-D process will work out for this film. It "could" (that's a big "maybe") be a shot in the arm for 3-D.

If it works, all will be forgiven.

If it doesn't, a whole lot of tut-tutting will come down.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I could give a rip whether a movie has or doesn't have 3D, but having The Wizard of Oz back on the big screen is a reason to celebrate, IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Any version of this one is far superior in every way to the one that just came out. Oz Great and Powerful just fell flat on the screen for me, utterly boring.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

THE WIZARD OF OZ was the first film I ever saw on a theater's big screen. Can you possibly imagine a better introduction to the magic of movies for a small child? I've always been thankful for this kind kismet. And I've always encouraged people to see it on a theater screen if at all possible, because it really thrives there as nowhere else, it just goes over your whelm.

I'm looking forward to the 3-D version, not as a substitute for the original version but simply as a variation on a theme, and, it is to be hoped, one with its own particular magic.

If it's done well, I hope it does great business, and leads to converting other classic movie musicals into 3-D. When I saw KISS ME KATE in 3-D, I found the dance numbers had an additional, kinesthetic charge from the 3-D. I'd love to see what they can do with TOP HAT.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

In all the years of watching The Wizard of Oz, I've always thought that if it had been in 3D it would be perfect. razz

Hopefully, this will tank and just be another nail in the coffin of 3D. The movie is fine the way it is, and I hardly imagine that 3D will provide any kind of additional enjoyment to it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Completely unnecessary, but it won't spoil a classic. The classic will still exist in all its glory.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I love The Wizard of Oz and I love 3D so I'm a happy man.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

It depresses me that most of the kids I know are bored to death by this movie. Which means one of two things: I'm with the wrong kids or something is wrong with the kids themselves.

It ain't the movie. The movie is a work of art.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

In all the years of loving this film I always thought how wonderful it would look in 3D. Be glad to see it at least once, with somebody who never saw the WIZARD OF OZ, like my girlfriend who only saw THE WIZ, which she liked.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Now I've got to tell you about two of the times I took someone to the theater with me to see OZ. The first time, it was my girlfriend and she had never seen it before. We watch the movie, she loves it, and it goes back to the last scene in Dorothy's bedroom, and when Bolger, Haley and Lahr poke their heads in the window suddenly my girlfriend gasps: "It's THEM!" She'd gone through the whole movie without recognizing the farmhands in their OZ make-up.

Another time, I went with a young lady who'd seen the film but only on her family's cheap television. When the twister lands Dorothy in Munchkinland and Dorothy steps out of the house, suddenly my friend gasps and says, "It's in COLOR!"

Both times, it was wonderful to experience the film through fresh eyes.

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


So.....let me see if i've got this right....

Warner Bros. are celebrating their 90th Anniversary by re-issuing one of M.G.M.'s most successful movies ?

Hmmmmmmm .......? confused

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

So.....let me see if i've got this right....

Warner Bros. are celebrating their 90th Anniversary by re-issuing one of M.G.M.'s most successful movies ?

Hmmmmmmm .......? confused


The ads I've seen for it actually note the release as marking the movie's 75th anniversary, not an anniversary for either studio.

Of course, the movie came out in 1939, meaning it's a year early for the 75th, but whatever. Presumably a subsequent 3D Blu-ray release will come some months later, during the actual anniversary year, and this limited theatrical release (one week only, as I understand it) is more of a preview for the actual "event" than the event itself (in this day and age, of course, a movie tends to have more of a life on home video than in theaters, since it can run in theaters only so long but be available on video for years or decades, and it's more the "format of record" for most viewers). It's already been released on Blu-ray, but I'd guess a more comprehensive release will come next year (having at least the 3D version, in addition to any number of supplements that might or might not already be available on the existing releases).

Edit: whoops, never mind; I just reread the initial post, noting the BD release was coming this fall. It's a bit early for the 75th no matter how one looks at it, then...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

So, who else went?

I finally went with my girlfriend; we'd originally meant to go Sunday, but a family issue came up and kept us from going. We therefore didn't get to go until last night, the last night of the run, and of course being a Thursday afternoon there weren't many people there. There were a few, though.

The movie looked great, and the 3d conversion was well-done. There were a number of places where it was utilized to add depth to the cycloramas and other painted set extensions, and this came off well, albeit a little more subtly than I'd anticipated. It also helped me notice aspects of the production I never had before, as background elements that might get swallowed up in a 2d image were suddenly isolated. Beyond the 3d, I was also pleasantly surprised at how well things like the makeup and effects held up on a big screen with contemporary digital projection, though there were a few instances where I noticed things I wasn't meant to, regrettably. With the 3d I did find myself getting pulled into the scene in a way I hadn't ever been before; at times it felt like I'd travelled back in time and location to the original filming at MGM's studios and was watching it as a first-hand observer, which was amazing.

Part of me still wonders whether it's an artistic desecration in principle, and whether I committed some sort of heresy by supporting it, but I have to admit it did add quite a bit to the experience, and I enjoyed seeing it this way. Obviously I'm glad it'll still be available in the original 2d, but I could see the 3d becoming my new "default standard" way of watching this movie.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

This makes me chuckle...(by Rick Polito)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

I thought the movie was wonderful!! I will never look at the film in the same way now that I have seen it in IMAX 3-D. I feel I know it more intimately now than I know any other film of that age. All the colors were great. It is true what the reviews said you could see Judy Garland's freckles under her make up. I laughed at some of the jokes and teared up at the end. Would have gone to see it again if it had a longer run. A great book is "The Wizardry of Oz". Does a great job cover the making of the movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I thought the movie was wonderful!! I will never look at the film in the same way now that I have seen it in IMAX 3-D. I feel I know it more intimately now than I know any other film of that age. All the colors were great. It is true what the reviews said you could see Judy Garland's freckles under her make up. I laughed at some of the jokes and teared up at the end. Would have gone to see it again if it had a longer run. A great book is "The Wizardry of Oz". Does a great job cover the making of the movie.

I saw the 3D conversion too and for the most part was impressed. I wish that it had played in regular cinemas too so more young people and children had had an oppurtunity to see OZ on the big screen. There arent that many IMAX screens in this area and few and far between in other parts of the US.

But if you wanted to see a beautiful print in which the colors and details were never more vivid , you should have seen the 1998 restoration that played in movie theaters- on the approx 50th anniversary of its release - in one of few IB Technicolor dye tranfer prints that were shown. (Only 50 prints in all of the US were available - I remember that Roger Ebert in his review emphasized to be sure to see one of these prints that were being shown in the Chicago area - in like only 3-4 out 30 theaters) When Dorothy stepped thru the door into Oz, it was literally breathtaking - and you could see Judy's freckles clearly on a regular size screen. And the Technicolor - oh my! - was better in an actual 35mm IB print than it was in this 3D digital conversion. And the details were sharper.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

"3D and IMAX and Dolby...oh my! 3D and IMAX and Dolby...oh my!"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I missed this 3D version. If it was playing at the single IMAX theater near me, I didn't hear about it. But I did see the 1998 reissue in IB Technicolor. My lasting memory of that showing was the mother who brought her pre-school daughter, who was dressed in a chiffon princess dress and wearing ruby slippers.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I missed this 3D version. If it was playing at the single IMAX theater near me, I didn't hear about it. But I did see the 1998 reissue in IB Technicolor. My lasting memory of that showing was the mother who brought her pre-school daughter, who was dressed in a chiffron princess dress and wearing ruby slippers.

Not to worry - the 3D BluRay is being released next month !

 
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