Warner Bros. plans to release special collector's edition on home entertainment
Fans of "The Wizard of Oz" will be able to see those ruby red slippers and the iconic Yellow Brick Road in 3D and in IMAX, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.
Seventy five years after Dorothy crash-landed in Munchkinland, the 1939 film classic will be re-mastered and released in U.S. theaters for a special one-week engagement on Sept. 20, 2013.
"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,"
Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX, said in a statement. "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 film has grown in the estimation of movie-lovers and critics since it first debuted in theaters. Reviews were strong, but initially the movie failed to recoup its production budget, grossing slightly more than $3 million, but costing $2 million to produce.
It's been a big year for all things Oz, with Walt Disney Studios releasing a prequel to the adventure, "Oz the Great and Powerful" last spring.
Following the IMAX release, Warner Bros. will release a five-disc anniversary collector's edition of "The Wizard of Oz" that will feature a 3D copy a making-of documentary, bonus features and various collectibles, such as ruby slippers and a map of Oz.
That edition will cost $105.43, but there will also be cheaper Blu-ray and DVD options for between $16.95 and $35.99.