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We're Off To See The Wizard In IMAX

Tanya Mardirossian |
September 19, 2013 | 1:42 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

"The Wizard of Oz" in 3D (Pinterest, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
"The Wizard of Oz" in 3D (Pinterest, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
After 16 months of progress, the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is coming back to theaters in IMAX 3D. The film is best known for being the first Technicolor film. The movie premiering in 3D will literally pop up missed details that audiences have missed.  

The new touch to the film’s re-release is to take the audience on the journey with the characters. "The Wizard of Oz" is an adventure on its own. The recent prequel, "Oz The Great and Powerfulstarring James Franco, has put fans back into the mood for seeing the film like never before. 

But will this new release ruin the all time classic or enhance it?

The film’s negatives have been digitally restored. The quality of the film now enhanced, is ready to be seen on the big screen in 3D after more than 70 years since its release. Restoring the color of the film is important. Seeing the classic in theaters in its new form isn’t enough. Especially since the re-release is three dimensional, the quality if the content was important to restore. No audience wants to see noisy or unclear footage. 

One problem is that the film is not being re-released in a non-3D format. For those who don’t like wearing bulky glasses that temporarily impair vision after removing them, this film is not to be enjoyed. 

On the other hand, introducing the film to audiences of younger generations will be a success. The fantasy themed musical has all the right components to captivate new audiences - with flying monkeys, ruby shoes, witches, a cute dog, and of course the music.

The film hits theaters for a limited time. If 3D classic musicals are your calling, catch the film out for a week starting Sept. 20. If missed, be sure to check out the DVD release sold Oct. 1, celebrating the film’s 75th anniversary. This comprises of a 5-disc package, including a 2D and 3D Blu-ray version, documentaries and other bonus materials.  

"The Wizard of Oz" is the oldest movie to be converted to 3D. 

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