Release date: Sept. 20, 2013
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Based on the novel by: L. Frank Baum
Official website: thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com
Nearly 75 years after its original theatrical release, the great and powerful "The Wizard of Oz" still has that old school Hollywood magic. And now, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, Dorothy, Toto, and their dream world friends are back with a beautiful 3D upgrade.
It's the same movie you've grown up with, watching television. No need to worry about this beloved classic being given the "George Lucas" treatment by adding a bunch of deleted scenes that were cut for a reason. This is the movie you grew up loving and adoring.
Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is unhappy being stuck on her family's farm in dead end, black and white, no adventure Kansas. Wanting to protect her dog from a mean old woman who wants to put Toto down for the count, she does the reasonable thing and decides to run away. After a chance meeting with a traveling magician, she heads home, getting caught in a storm that unleashes what is still one of the best tornado effects ever produced in Hollywood.
A bump on the head sends Dorothy into a magical world where she is accidentally kills one witch, and incurs the wrath of another witch, the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). She learns the only way to get back home to Kansas is to seek guidance from the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), who isn't what he appears to be at all. Before the Wizard will grant her wish, Dorothy must team up with a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley), and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) to bring the evil witch to justice.
The big addition here is the 3D transfer, which considering the movie is as old as it is, looks amazing. In fact, the addition of the 3D actually helps some of the early Hollywood special effects look better, masking some of the imperfections that were glaringly obvious before. It's a truly astonishing achievement.
The theatrical release offers a unique opportunity to see one of the most beloved films of all-time in a way it has never been seen before. Even if you've already seen it a thousand times, it's truly worth the trip to your local movie theatre to see it on the big screen. After 75 years, it's still one of the most magical and iconic films ever produced in Hollywood. It's the rare case where a movie is worth not only the price of admission, but the upgrade charge for 3D and IMAX as well.
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