Ahead of today’s official announcement, USA Today broke the news of the limited one-week IMAX 3D theatrical release of the 1939 Technicolor musical classic The Wizard of Oz.
Based on the fantasy book series by L. Frank Baum, Victor Fleming-directed musical fantasy film will soon be celebrating its 75th anniversary and Warner Bros. will release a converted 3D Wizard of Oz in 400 IMAX theaters on September 20 nationwide, including those in museums.
IMAX CEO Greg Foster explains,
The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional. But it’s the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing; maybe what people felt when they first saw it … That must have been an amazing experience to see it then, to be truly taken away to another world. That’s what we’d like to do.
Already, WB have remastered films including Titanic, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The theatrical re-release will be followed by the five-disc box set featuring Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet versions of the movie, along with a new documentary on the making of the movie, which will arrive October 1st, 2013.
Additionally, Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi was released theatrically earlier this year and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week.
The 1939 musical film by MGM won two Oscars and picked up six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. This magical cinematic event starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, and Charley Grapewin.
Here’s an early look at what The Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-ray 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will look like.