“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Wizard of Oz in 3D…

Posted on June 8, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   To honor its 75th anniversary, The Wizard of Oz is being presented in an updated version, using the latest 3D technology and in the IMAX format. Warner Bros. will debut the digitally remastered classic film in IMAX 3D theaters the week of September 20th across the nation.


                                                                      MANNY PACHECO     SCOTT ESSMAN

   It’s the intent of Warner Bros. and IMAX to reach a new generation of theatre-goers. Of course, there is critical analysis by folks who consider themselves purists who appreciate the films orginal format. My colleague, Scott Essman (who appears in the Forgotten Hollywood Documentary), has lamented in the Los Angeles Times that it compromises the intent of the orginal vision of the filmmakers involved. Essman compared the process to the colorization of black-and-white movies, commonly done almost three decades ago. Thankfully, the public expressed their discontent over the gimmick. Iconic members of Hollywood, such as Martin Scorsese, also complained about the pan-and-scan process in the presentation of widescreen motion pictures. This was often done to cinematic productions when aired on television. I applaud Scott Essman, and others, for their candor and intelligent assessment of the dramatic revision of classic cinema.

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   The one-week showing will compliment the October 1st release of a limited number of The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. The package includes a five-disc set of Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet versions; a Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz documentary; bonus features; and collectibles like a journal, ruby slippers, pin set, Land of Oz map, and a 48-page hardcover book. Less expensive collector’s editions will eventually be available — all include the documentary.

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   After the extreme weather in the past experienced in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Orleans, and along the Eastern Seaboard, I’m not sure a 3D version of L. Frank Baum’s tornado is what the public actually wants!  Just sayin’…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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