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Poll: Which Version of Oz are you (or not) purchasing? (126 member(s) have cast votes)

What version of Oz are you (or not) purchasing?

  1. I own the 70th Anniversary set and plan to buy the 75th Anniversary Set (10 votes [7.94%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.94%

  2. I own the 70th Anniversary set and plan to buy the standard Blu-ray Edition (1 votes [0.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.79%

  3. I own the 70th Anniversary set and plan to buy the standard 3D Blu-ray Edition (34 votes [26.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 26.98%

  4. I don't own the 70th Anniversary set and plan to buy the 75th Anniversary Set (5 votes [3.97%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.97%

  5. I don't own the 70th Anniversary and plan to buy the standard Blu-ray Edition (6 votes [4.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  6. I don't own the 70th Anniversary and plan to buy the standard 3D Blu-ray Edition (10 votes [7.94%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.94%

  7. I plan to skip Oz this time around altogether (60 votes [47.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.62%

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#1 of 297 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:12 AM

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THE WIZARD OF OZ

IN 3D & IMAX® FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

WARNER BROS. TO CELEBRATE THE FILM’S 75THANNIVERSARY WITH HUGE FALL 2013 INITIATIVE

Film Returns to the Big Screen for Exclusive IMAX® 3D One-Week

Run on September 20

 

75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Available October 1 on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD and UltraViolet™

 

Burbank, Calif. June 4, 2013 – Marking the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film which will launch a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.

 

Kicking off the celebration, The Wizard of Oz 3D will be presented in the immersive IMAX® 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX® theatres across North America beginning September 20, 2013.

 

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with IMAX® as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic film,” said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “The Wizard of Oz IMAX® 3D Experience is an integral part of our studio-wide anniversary initiative and we are excited to give fans the rare opportunity to see this stunning version on the big screen.”

 

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films of all time and we are thrilled that our longtime partners at Warner Bros. have made IMAX® a part of this exciting milestone event, said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX® Entertainment. “This film revolutionized the use of color and special effects in cinema, and we’re excited to add another ‘first’ – bringing this timeless classic to moviegoers through the power of The IMAX 3D Experience® for the very first time.”

 

The IMAX® release The Wizard of Oz will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX®'s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

Following the IMAX® theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release a limited and numbered The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on October 1, 2013, featuring the 3D version of the film and more.  

 

“Seventy-five years later, The Wizard of Oz continues its reign as a multi-generational favorite, with nearly 100 percent awareness among adults and more than 80 percent awareness among children,” said Jeff Baker, WBHE Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog. “In this new 3D version, the film is bound to make history all over again—with both past and future fans.”

 

The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will debut as a five-disc set that will include Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film; a new documentary, The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; bonus features and premium collectibles ($105.43 SRP). Three more editions will be available separately: a two-disc 3D/Blu-ray ($35.99 SRP), a one-disc Blu-ray ($19.98 SRP) and a two-disc DVD ($16.95 SRP). All four will contain the new documentary and extra content.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES will include all previously released special features along with:

 

·         ALL-NEW Documentary! The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of OzThis candid overview of how a troubled production overcame the odds to become an integral part of American culture features contributions from historians John Fricke and Sam Wasson, composers Stephen Schwartz and Marc Shaiman, critics Leonard Maltin and Michael Sragow, Bert Lahr’s son John as well as revealing interview clips with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Buddy Ebsen, Margaret Hamilton and Mervyn LeRoy, among others.

 

·         NEW! Exclusive Collectible MemorabiliaA collectible 75th Anniversary journal; Sparkle RUBY SLIPPERS™ Globe; Noble Collection 3-piece enamel pin set, a Map of Oz and a 48-page hardcover book. Collection is limited and numbered.

 

The 3D conversion was a long and complex project which Warner Bros. initiated with a very high resolution (8k) scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative. The restored 2D image was then transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3D imagery and determine distances from the viewer’s vantage point. This was followed by the long process (with the use of a rotoscope) to further refine viewer distances and fully layer shapes and objects.

 

“People have asked for years about The Wizard of Oz 3D conversion. My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is,” said Ned Price, Warner Technical Operations’ Vice President of Mastering. “As a kid, I was so enthralled by this film. Watching it, you just want to enter the frame, enter the Land of Oz. This new version will allow you to do just that.”

 

In support of the 75th anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ extensive licensing program of more than 80 top-tier licensees will expand with new partnerships. Leading the way is master toy partner Jazwares, along with Mattel, Rubies, Lionel, Steiff, USAopoly, Thomas Kinkade, and many more that will be taking part in the celebration. Special commemorative anniversary product will be available across a wide array of categories including apparel, jewelry, collectibles, publishing, stationery and paper goods, toys and games, slot machines and personal care.

In addition, the Warner Bros. releases will be massively supported by a far-reaching promotional campaign encompassing numerous participants. National corporate partners include (to date) promotional activities with a Major National Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR), the debut of a giant hot-air balloon and balloonhead characters in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as joint programs with Amtrak, Gourmet Trading Company, Langers Juice, QVC and Simon Malls®. In collaboration with the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, new child passenger safety Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring iconic elements from The Wizard of Oz film will be distributed and run in donated media nationally.

 

The Wizard of Oz themed competition will also be featured on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” to be aired later this year. 

 

About the Movie

 

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. DOROTHY™ was portrayed by a 4'11" sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared as the SCARECROW™; Bert Lahr as the COWARDLY LION™, Jack Haley as the TIN MAN™. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the wonderful “Wizard of Oz" himself.

 

The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award® nominations[1], including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars®—Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when M-G-M reissued the film in 1949 and 1955. The film made a new kind of history with its network television premiere in 1956 on CBS. Nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast, marking the beginning of an annual tradition. Ever since, The Wizard of Oz has been shown virtually annually on network (and then cable) television; its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture. 

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
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“Academy Award®,” “Academy Awards®” is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ and the logos are the trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.

 

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

 

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#2 of 297 Charles Smith

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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:28 AM

Hey, if I'm going to enjoy it in 3D at all, then IMAX 3D it shall be!    :)


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#3 of 297 Charles Smith

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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:28 AM

(And of course I'll buy it on disc, too!)



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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:32 AM

This is all great but I have the DVD gift set with the watch, the 3 disc DVD, the 3 disc blu ray and the steelbook...I have to say 'no' at some point. This re-releasing really has to stop...Im sure there will be an 80th anniversary edition etc...

I can only buy so many versions and issues of the same title...enough is enough :D



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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:41 AM

I too have the Blu-ray edition with the watch and all the goodies from there.

 

I honestly don't see a need to see this movie converted into 3D when it was never intended to be seen this way, and I don't need the additional documentary material - particularly when the last three editions were already packed.

 

Seriously, what are these guys going to come up with next?  Ouija Board interviews with the cast?



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Posted June 04 2013 - 10:47 AM

IMAX and disc for me too!  Can't wait! 

 

Pre-ordered mine as well.  Neato! 


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Posted June 04 2013 - 10:54 AM

Will be seeing this theatrically during the week of Sept. 20th to see the results of the 3D reconfiguration...already have it on order at Amazon... :thumbsup:


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Posted June 04 2013 - 11:11 AM

I did offer them the use of my time machine to go back and shoot the film in native 3D, they balked at my rental fee of $12m dollars, not really interested in viewing an old classic in 3D because i just know the film grain will be gone and some of the finer detail with it, now if they have made some improvements to the 2D edition i'll maybe re-buy and stick that in my 70th anniversary boxset.


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Posted June 04 2013 - 01:07 PM

This is all great but I have the DVD gift set with the watch, the 3 disc DVD, the 3 disc blu ray and the steelbook...I have to say 'no' at some point. This re-releasing really has to stop...Im sure there will be an 80th anniversary edition etc...

I can only buy so many versions and issues of the same title...enough is enough :D

I have the Laserdisc Definitive box set and the Criterion laserdisc, the dvd release and the blu-ray release so i agree too that sometimes there are too many releases of a movie.



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Posted June 04 2013 - 01:15 PM

I have the Laserdisc Definitive box set and the Criterion laserdisc, the dvd release and the blu-ray release so i agree too that sometimes there are too many releases of a movie.

 

Same.  Three big boxes (well, one's normal size) already.   I don't want or need any more Wizard of Oz trinkets.  Just the movie, please.

 

I originally reacted to this announcement some months ago with the biggest "Oy!" and eye-roll I could muster.  The last thing I want to see is valuable studio and personnel resources being put toward umpteen 3D conversions.  But somewhere along the line I was convinced that this particular one could make some good sense.


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Posted June 04 2013 - 04:23 PM

I was originally going to dive for the "Box o'Junk" edition, but I'm thinking I'll settle for the 2D/3D combo pack.  



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Posted June 04 2013 - 09:29 PM

I too have the Blu-ray edition with the watch and all the goodies from there.

 

I honestly don't see a need to see this movie converted into 3D when it was never intended to be seen this way, and I don't need the additional documentary material - particularly when the last three editions were already packed.

 

Seriously, what are these guys going to come up with next?  Ouija Board interviews with the cast?

 

A few theaters in Louisville re-released this a couple years ago and both of them reported pretty big crowds.  It seems they could have re-released this without the 3D and sold just as many tickets (of course, the 3D/Imax prices will get them more money).  I do find it odd that so many purist seem to be okay with this move.  I might breakdown and see it but I really hope they show a 2D version as well.

 

A few years ago I wondered if Universal would find yet another reason to release their monster movies and perhaps they would try to contact the spirits of Karloff, Lugosi and Chaney.



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Posted June 05 2013 - 01:41 AM

A few theaters in Louisville re-released this a couple years ago and both of them reported pretty big crowds.  It seems they could have re-released this without the 3D and sold just as many tickets (of course, the 3D/Imax prices will get them more money).  I do find it odd that so many purist seem to be okay with this move.  I might breakdown and see it but I really hope they show a 2D version as well.

 

A few years ago I wondered if Universal would find yet another reason to release their monster movies and perhaps they would try to contact the spirits of Karloff, Lugosi and Chaney.

I am a purist and have expressed my concern to Warner last October.  However, if they continue to allow the original intent of the filmmaker and with the highest standards presentation-wise available to the general public then that lessens my concerns as I believe these additional revenues generated helps other classics get the proper attention for home video releases.


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Posted June 05 2013 - 03:58 AM

I personally don't have a problem with this release since the original version is being included.  I'm more upset over the 3D version hitting theaters when I believe two or three years ago Warner released the 2D version in theater.  I don't know if the 2D version just didn't do well for them overall or if, as you said, they're trying to get some extra costs covered by adding in 3D and Imax prices.  If that's the case then I'd be somewhat ok with it if they also show the film at least once in 2D daily.  I'll pay the extra Imax price (something I've never done) to see it in the theater but I'd prefer to skip the 3D.  Not so much for the price but simply because it wasn't shot that way.  However, I guess someone could make the point that many 3D pictures of today weren't really shot that way so perhaps as I wrote all of this I'm a little torn.

 

If someone from Warner was to read this thread, it would be nice for them to release HOUSE OF WAX in 3D for Halloween through Fathom.  Universal has great success last year with the Frankenstein double feature.



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Posted June 05 2013 - 04:02 AM

 

I personally don't have a problem with this release since the original version is being included.  I'm more upset over the 3D version hitting theaters when I believe two or three years ago Warner released the 2D version in theater.  I don't know if the 2D version just didn't do well for them overall or if, as you said, they're trying to get some extra costs covered by adding in 3D and Imax prices.  If that's the case then I'd be somewhat ok with it if they also show the film at least once in 2D daily.  I'll pay the extra Imax price (something I've never done) to see it in the theater but I'd prefer to skip the 3D.  Not so much for the price but simply because it wasn't shot that way.  However, I guess someone could make the point that many 3D pictures of today weren't really shot that way so perhaps as I wrote all of this I'm a little torn.

 

If someone from Warner was to read this thread, it would be nice for them to release HOUSE OF WAX in 3D for Halloween through Fathom.  Universal has great success last year with the Frankenstein double feature.

 

I can't fault Warner for showing the 3-D version over the 2-D one based on more investment for the 3-D conversion and then last showing the 2-D version just a couple of years ago.


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#16 of 297 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 05 2013 - 06:06 AM

Curious to see what everyone is planning to purchase.

 

Just added a poll at the top of the thread if you would like

to participate in.

 

Thanks!


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Posted June 05 2013 - 06:46 AM

The actual poll sections don't show up on the HTF phone app. (I'm on Android.). Is there something I need to be doing, or is that just the way it is?

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Posted June 05 2013 - 06:48 AM

Charles,

 

I don't know the answer to that question.

 

Judging from this thread (just did a Google Search) 

I am guessing that TapaTalk (which HTF app is based on)

does not support polling.


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Posted June 05 2013 - 07:01 AM

There was no option i liked so i selected i plan to skip Oz altogether this time around, i still might consider it but only if there is some film grain left ( put back in ) on the 3D edition and perhaps if the 2D edition has improved on the already good 70th anniversary edition transfer.


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Posted June 05 2013 - 07:08 AM

My course of action is not covered by the poll. I own the 70th Anniversary version and I plan to decide whether or not I will upgrade to the 75th Anniversary 2D version when I see some reviews comparing the two.


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