Trying to make the classic, MGM 1939 Wizard of Oz into a 3D movie is wrong on so many levels. If you're going to do that, you might as well re-make the whole thing (been done, none of them successful) and have all the CGI that goes with it.
How is the 3D in this version? I have this movie on DVD, I am buying this version because it is in 3D. I was glancing over the reviews and I didnt see anyone commenting on the 3D effects. Can someone tell me if it is worth buying please?
I don't agree. When I think of any movie I would like to see in 3D The Wizard of Oz is the first movie that comes to mind. This movie is just magical. Last night I saw the new Oz movie and with all of the amazing effects they could have used, It didnt even come close to the original. I never expected it to be better but I did expect it to be better then it was. Back to the 3D conversation, I would LOVE to see a good 3D version of this movie. I can't understand why you would not want to take that trip down the yellow brick road in 3D?
Can't wait to see this. To those who think it's a travesty, tough. This 3D version will NOT replace the conventional 2D version (which will in fact be included in this package). It's just an option for those of us who enjoy 3D at home, especially on fantasy movies just like this one (from any era). If anything, it might convert more people to fans of the format. 3D conversions are infinitely better than they were even a couple of years ago, and the time and effort expended on The Wizard of Oz was substantial, according to the studio itself (via a press release reprinted at The Digital Bits):
"The new 3D version of film is also being re-released into IMAX 3D theaters for a one-week engagement in North America starting on 9/20. "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."
Thank you for this post. I also cannot wait to see it in 3D. I really do not think there is a film that can capture the imagination as much as this one does. I love 3D. I always have. I remember wearing the red and blue glasses and being amazed at how amazing everything looked then. Now I have a ew 3D tv, its just unbelievable! Again, I cant see how people would turn their back to this. Im so happy they are releasing this version of The Wizard of Oz!!!
I will be interested to see just how good a conversion CAN be. Having just purchased my first 3D TV, and the supporting sound/video equipment, I now need quality media to enjoy. After, of course, I see star trek in 3D. :-) The possibilities of applying this technology to the millions of prior feet of film is quite exciting to think of.
I LOVE "THE WIZARD OF OZ" I first saw it in the theatres somewhere around 1950. I decided that I, at the age of 8, should be the Lion, and to this day I can "put 'em up" with the best of them. I LOVE 3D. Probably one of the few pre-teenagers of my group who saw KISS ME KATE in 3D and couldn't stop "wiving it wealthily" for days. So, when it comes to combining the two, I am all for it. I was underwhelmed with the new 3D OZ movie...though there were some clever "homages" to the original, the lack of magic from some of the actors was the big let down. Visually it was beautiful, but all wrapping and not great contents does not a movie make. So, next week I am off to see The Wizard at the new Chinese owned (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre, which has been re-fitted to house an IMAX theatre within the original theatre. This is the only reason, at this time, to even think about buying a 3D tv, but once that overture starts I know it wouldn't matter if it were on my little black and white tv when I was a kid, or the big screen or an IMAX city block sized screen with new technology 3D, it will be a trip back to my 8 year old dazzled by the true magic of the cinema. Thanks Warner Bros., even though you didn't make it, you've saved it, restored it and given it back to a totally new and different generation based in uber technology, allowing them to see the simple magic of a 75 year old film.....
Saw the IMAX 3D version on September 20 and was blown away. The 3D effect was great--much to my surprise--and the film looked like it was just made. The only thing that gave away the age of the film was the sound of the orchestra on the soundtrack. Still, it was the best I've ever heard it sound. It remains one of my favorite movies as it has since I first saw it over 60 years ago.
I LOVED the 3D presentation. The only scene that seemed problematic to me were a couple of beanstalks at the introduction of Munchkinland that were in the foreground, but out of focus (I believe they were like this on the original film elements). Two highlights were Dorothy leaning against a haybale during the first "Over the Rainbow" number, and opening the door to Oz. Even the matte backgrounds were believably rendered with depth. I can only hope the blu-ray can at least get close to what was accomplished theatrically.
I was really anticipating the new 3D IMAX release of this film which I have loved fanatically since I was about 6 years old (as well as everything Oz!) which is over 40 years now. The 3D effects were quite pleasing in many spots, but what really MADE it was the depth and quality of the picture. I've seen the movie dozens of times, but this time I saw many things I'd never seen before... emotions, faces in the crowds, details in the artistry. It really blew me away! How does this BluRay (non-3D) transfer compare with the 70th anniversary one? It seems like every few years they re-package it, add a couple of new perks and I "have" to buy it all over again! Must be love.
Saw this in 3D @ IMAX. Like many conversions of older films, the 3D gave "depth" to the image, but nothing came "forward" from the screen. The 3D was very well done given the source material, but frankly I didn't think it really added that much.
What blew me away, though, was the restoration. Everyone I know who saw it @ IMAX said they had Never seen Oz like this, even in the occasional anniversary tours the firm has done in theaters in the past. Simply put, it was Sunning. You can see the weave of the actor's costumes, the fit of the masks, etc. . The colors are vivid and bright, it's incredible. Some might even think it's too good; you can see the trap door through which Margaret Hamilton enters and departs Munchkinland. It's more clear that the whole thing is a soundstage (That's also where the 3D backfires a wee bit: The fact that the backdrops are painted, such as the Yellow Brick Road becomes extremely obvious because they don't continue the "depth"), but Who Cares? It's magnificent! Here's an indication: There was a good crowd there when I went, and although just about everyone's seen this movie many times over, at the end the audience applauded.
If the 75th anniversary Blu Ray( Like lots of people, I have no interest in spending the bucks to buy a new TV and player just for 3D movies) is of this same restoration, I will race out and buy it without hesitation.
I was wondering about this. Naysayers hated colorization, I like it as a supplement (not a replacement). Then they squawked about turning full frame films into widescreen, which I don't like because it cuts off a lot of the picture. But 3D, I'm all for it. Don't have access to a TV to see this Oz, but hope to at some point.
I bought the 75th Anniversary Boxed set, But I'm really disappointed that both the 3-D and the 2-D Blu-ray are in a 16-9 letterbox widescreen format and that the only disk in this boxed set in the 1.33 original standard screen format is on a DVD. I'm really sad that Warner Bros couldn't have given us a Blu-ray disk in this set in the original standard screen format, And I may be returning it unopened, I love all the bells and whistles in this boxed set but I really want to have the option of seeing TWOO on Blu-ray in it's original screen format, and this is a real letdown.
Well, maybe you SHOULD open it, before complaining. ;-)
The film is in its original screen format on Blu-ray being pillar boxed with black bars left and right of the 16/9-picture - as all HD-movies in 1.33 format are because the "pure" 1.33 format technically doesn't exist in HD. Maybe Warner should have been more clear about this on the cover.
To people like the regular poster, you really need to get a grip. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT IN 3D. If you don't you will never see it in 3D so what does it matter to you? To those of you complaining that this movie was not made to be in 3D, IT WASN'T MADE TO BE PLAYED ON TELEVISION EITHER! I don't remember Tvs in 1939. I am so glad they are taking movies like this one and redoing them in 3D. People just love to complain.