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'The Wizard of Oz' to Get IMAX 3D Re-Release in September

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2013 at 2:30PM

Well, this will be divisive. 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," in anticipation of its 75th anniversary in 2014, is slated for a big-screen re-release in September of this year. And it will screen in IMAX 3-D.
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Billie Burke and Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz"
Billie Burke and Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz"

Well, this will be divisive. 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," in anticipation of its 75th anniversary in 2014, is slated for a big-screen re-release in September of this year. And it will screen in IMAX 3-D. 

The film will feature an impressive digital upgrade in terms of sound and visuals, but the question remains whether fans will embrace the 3-D remastering or not. The 3-D re-releases of "Titanic" and "Jurassic Park" are one thing. But neither of those films, despite the box office numbers, have the hallowed nostalgia of Victor Fleming's candy-colored trip down the yellow brick road.

The re-release kicks off a week-long engagement at IMAX theaters across North America on September 20. On October 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a limited "The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition," which features the new 3-D version of the film and more, including an all-new documentary on the 1939 production.

Would you see "The Wizard of Oz" in 3-D? Or would a 2-D re-release of this classic be more appealing?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.