LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A classic, remastered. On Friday, The Wizard of Oz will be back in theaters for one week, marking the film's 75th anniversary.
But this time around, Dorothy is following the yellow brick road in 3D. IMAX 3D at that, which film promoters claim will make you feel like you're in the Emerald City.
It took 16 months to re-create the 1939 classic with 21st century technology, but it's hard to make a good thing better.
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"— 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 the "wonderful Wizard of Oz."
The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award® nominations, 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.
To find out where you can catch the IMAX 3D Experience of this classic film, visit the official website for a list of showings.