The Wizard of Oz is a very important film, in so many ways.
For one thing, its the template for child friendly fantasies, it contains immense production values, incredible effects and a technicolour dreamscape which eclipses most modern films. And it manages to do all of this 75 years after it was originally released.
That longevity alone is worth celebrating, the fact that we still get to enjoy that movie that's literally from a different era, a film which was crafted only 10 years after sound become commonplace in movietheatres and one that managed to play with black and white and colour in a way that still seems fresh.
So, to give the film the birthday celebration it deserves, Warner Bros are bringing it back to cinemas. But not only have they cleaned and polished up every single frame but they've also expanded the film to fit an IMAX screen and they've brought in some 3D magic. Check out the energetic trailer which would have scared the crap out of an audience in 1939.
It all looks incredibly pristine and those colours are really popping. The full frame image should also scale particularly well to the taller aspect ratio of the IMAX screen. Word on the street is that the 3D effects are mostly subtle - which is a good thing - and its more about experiencing the film again. Just on a massive screen!
We're really looking forward to seeing the early scenes and the transition to colour, something which must have been a marvel for audiences at cinemas 75 years ago. If you're skeptical about the idea of converting the film you should check out this behind the scenes doc which looks at the 16 month process of restoration which involved almost 1000 people.
If nothing else, this massive undertaking means we have a perfectly preserved digital copy of this incredible filmmaking achievement which we can keep for future generations to enjoy.
The Wizard of Oz 75 anniversary re-release will be in IMAX 3D from the 12th of September 2014.