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My! Movies come and go so quickly here!: 'The Wizard of Oz' in IMAX 3D for one week

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American entertainers Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West (left) and Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale (right) in the 1939 MGM feature film The Wizard of Oz.

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Publicity photo of American entertainer Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale promoting the Sunday March 20, 1977 CBS television broadcast of the 1939 MGM feature film The Wizard of Oz.


Pay no attention to the man behind the three dimensional curtain.

MGM's classic "The Wizard of Oz" will be celebrating its anniversary this year not with the diamonds associated with 75 years, but instead with giant rubies in IMAX 3D.

The black and white and Technicolor treasure will be converted to 3D and IMAX for a one-week theatrical run in September, IMAX and Warner Bros. announced Tuesday: 

“People have asked for years about The Wizard of Oz 3D conversion. My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is,” said Ned Price, Warner Technical Operations’ Vice President of Mastering. “As a kid, I was so enthralled by this film. Watching it, you just want to enter the frame, enter the Land of Oz. This new version will allow you to do just that.”

Restored and remastered, the film will hit 400 IMAX screens, reports USA Today:

Warner Bros. quietly remastered the film for months before bringing the reel to IMAX for a test run."The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional," says [Chairman and president of Imax Entertainment, Greg] Foster. "But it's the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing, maybe what people felt when they first saw it."

Warner Bros. launched a "Wizard of Oz" anniversary blog to accompany the IMAX 3D project and the release of four 75th anniversary collector’s editions available Oct. 1 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet ($16.95-$105.43). 

Have you ever seen "The Wizard of Oz" on the big screen? Will you see it in 3D IMAX?

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