“The Wizard of Oz” 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event, a special one-night only, nationwide in-theater presentation, will take place Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. local time.
The classic movie has been re-mastered in its entirety and will be shown in movie theaters for the first time ever in high definition in a historic big-screen event that celebrates the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.” Robert Osborne, classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, will introduce the movie, sharing facts and stories about this ageless classic.
This special in-theater event also will include an exclusive cut of “To Oz! The Making of a Classic,” which will offer audiences a unique peek into the Land of Oz through interviews with original Munchkin actors; an audio outtake of “If I Only Had a Brain” with Ray Bolger and July Garland, complete with stills and home movie footage; and a look at how the MGM artists and craftsmen created the music, costumes and amazing special effects for “The Wizard of Oz” in the 1930s.
Then, on Sept. 29, Warner Home Video will release “The Wizard of Oz” 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. Warner Home Video states: “With six times higher resolution than standard DVD, along with the sonic excellence of Dolby TruHD, the film will be at its pristine best, marking an historic benchmark in the Blu-ray format.”
The limited and numbered Ultimate Collector’s Editions will feature 16 hours of bonus features — four hours of which have never been available before now. According to Warner Home Video, “Every package will bear a silver label containing a specific numbered version; once these packages are sold out, they will never again be available to consumers.”
Visit www.thewizardofoz.com for additional information on events and products.