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1939 Wizard of Oz back in theatres--in 3D!

I can hear it already: "The Flying Monkeys come right at you!"

Warner Brothers has announced that it's re-releasing the original 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" on the really big screen this fall. The film has been re-mastered (again) and will be shown on iMax screens and in 3D.

I love that movie. It's been my favorite film since I was a toddler. I practically know it by heart, and have been known to impress people with my spot-on imitation of the Wicked Witch of the West, as well as Glinda.

But do I really need to see it again on a screen that's 52 feet high?  That's something I'll have to ponder for a moment.

A few years ago I forked out $35 for the Blu-Ray, and was disappointed. It really didn't look a whole lot better than my original DVD copy. So will this disappoint too?

Back in the 1990's I saw The Wizard of Oz on the big screen at the Majestic Theatre, and thought that was pretty amazing. Most interesting to me was that I noticed that in some scenes the scarecrow is packing heat! What? Why does he have a handgun? Do they even have right to carry laws in Oz?   I was pretty surprised because I had never noticed that in countless viewings on my TV at home.

So what will I notice in the super-gigantic 3D version?  The Cowardly Lion with a hand grenade?  Land mines planted on the yellow brick road? I'm a little muddled.

The movie opens Sept. 20th to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the film.  If you go, it will probably be me in line right behind you.



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