The classic 1939 and much beloved film adaptation of The Wizard of OZ is heading to theaters once again but this time in 3D. For the film’s 75th anniversary, Warner Brothers have announced that they will be featuring the movie in a 3D re-release in IMAX theaters in September.
The Wizard of Oz is based on the novel series written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. The 1939 film is the most widely known adaptation and stars Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bulger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton. Since it’s release it has remained a staple of classic cinema and artistic technique. Telecasts of the film began in 1956, re-introducing the film to the public and eventually becoming an annual tradition, making it one of the most famous films ever made. The film was named the most viewed motion picture on television syndication in history by Library of Congress, is often ranked among the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time in various critics’ and popular polls, and is the source of many memorable quotes referenced in modern popular culture. It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming. Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf received credit for the screenplay, but there were uncredited contributions by others. The lyrics for the songs were written by E.Y. Harburg, the music by Harold Arlen. Incidental music, based largely on the songs, was by Herbert Stothart, with borrowings from classical composers.
Set for a one-week run beginning September 20, The Wizard of Oz will then arrive as a five-disc box set (which includes a disc playable on 3D televisions) October 1.