After 18 months of pure TLC, the picture, which received five Academy Award nominations, winning Best Picture, Best Song and Best Original Score, will be shown in the format for the first time ever. It has been revitalized frame-by-frame and digitally re-mastered in the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience.
Like many, my initial reaction to any highly adored 2D movie being post-converted to 3D isn’t greatly positive. This particular film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release, so why meddle with such a classic? However, recent 3D or IMAX released such as Titanic has only proved to enhance the depth in visuals and the overall viewing experience of a film.
Considering The Wizard of Oz was so loved due to it being one of the first films ever to present such an array of bright colours on screen, it could only benefit from the post-conversion to enhance the visuals and make the colours even more stunning and spectacular. The crystal-clear images and strong digital audio will create such an environment for the viewers that they could only come out adoring the classic even more.
Having been initially released back in 1939, this is the first time for many to view the movie on the big screens, which is enough to get me to cinemas upon release alone.
Cinemagoers across the UK are given the opportunity to experience the classic The Wizard of Oz in immersive IMAX 3D format from the 12th September this year.
The 75th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 3 November, 2014.