Well, this will be divisive. 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” in anticipation of its 75th anniversary in 2014, is slated for a big-screen re-release in September of this year. And it will screen in IMAX 3-D.
The film will feature an impressive digital upgrade in terms of sound and visuals, but the question remains whether fans will embrace the 3-D remastering or not. The 3-D re-releases of “Titanic” and “Jurassic Park” are one thing. But neither of those films, despite the box office numbers, have the hallowed nostalgia of Victor Fleming’s candy-colored trip down the yellow brick road.
The re-release kicks off a week-long engagement at IMAX theaters across North America on September 20. On October 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a limited “The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition,” which features the new 3-D version of the film and more, including an all-new documentary on the 1939 production.
Would you see “The Wizard of Oz” in 3-D? Or would a 2-D re-release of this classic be more appealing?