Toto, we're not in 2D anymore
One of cinema’s most celebrated and enduring icons is freshened up with 3D technology in celebration of its 75th anniversary, writes Colin Fraser.
It’s fair to say that the yellow brick road, eye-popping Technicolour notwithstanding, had begun to look a bit, well, yesterday. Faced with the challenge of upgrading for a new millennium, the owners fielded the idea of re-recording the soundtrack with a hip hop group – The Wizard Of Rap, that sort of thing. Okay, that’s not entirely true but not entirely out of the question (remember The Wiz? No? Just as well). Instead, they picked up where James Franco’s Oz The Great and Powerful left off and took a 3D bypass to the Emerald City.
To celebrate the 75th birthday of cinema’s most celebrated and perhaps most haunting icon, The Wizard of Oz 3D lands in selected theatres next month. Boffins at Warner Studios painstakingly restored the print before engaging in digital necromancy which has launched Judy Garland and her queer assortment of friends over the rainbow and into a third dimension.
A lot has happened since the film first won the hearts and minds of movie-goers everywhere: Garland became a cultural sensation, hard-drinking Frank Morgan carried a mini bar-enabled briefcase to work, Kansas became a byword for banal. And with the death of Margaret Pellegrini earlier this month, only two of 124 munchkins remain alive.
Following its theatrical run, fans of The Wizard of Oz will have another reason to shop with the release of a 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Along with the usual collectables, the set features a brand new ‘making-of’ documentary. Superfans should head to Hollywood where a neck-breaking IMAX 3D cut will screen at the legendary Chinese Theatre, the same movie shack in which the film premiered 75 years ago. Just click your heels three times.
PS. No flying monkeys were harmed in the making of this 3D film.
[Pictured] Coming to theatres in 3D in September ... The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz 3D will be in selected cinemas on September 7-8. The The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is out October 30.