‘The Wizard Of Oz’: trip out to a classic fantasy film in 3D

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Who hasn’t put The Wizard Of Oz in their top-something films of all time?

The classic fantasy film about a girl from Kansas who gets caught in a tornado and ends up ‘over the rainbow’ in a magical land with munchkins, mad winged monkeys and wicked witches is of course one of the most popular and successful films in the history of cinema. It was released just as technicolour was injected into celluloid – hence the big deal about that bit when Dorothy opens the door of her ramshackled house to witness the psychedelic land of Oz for the first time.

Now you can see all that psychedelia in even more far-out dimension as for the first time ever The Wizard Of Oz is being released in glorious 3D, available soon on Blu-ray and DVD.

Marking the film’s 75th Anniversary (phew!), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing a limited and numbered collector’s edition on October 2nd which not only sees the film remastered, but includes a host of new features. The three-disc set will include Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film, a new documentary, The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, collectables and additional bonus features. And for true fans the $99.95 price tag is peanuts.

Four more editions will be available separately: a three-disc 3D/Blu-ray/DVD (RRP $29.95), one-disc Blu-ray ($19.95), single disc DVD with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum paperback book ($19.95), and the single disc DVD ($14.95). All five will contain the new documentary, extra content and Ultraviolet copy. So a great deal of value on any budget.

Select cinemas around the country will also be screening the 3D version of the film – such as Windsor Cinema in Nedlands, WA, which will be screening it September 28, 29 and 30 – so even before the special edition of the film hits shop shelves.

One thing’s for sure: if we rock up to one of those cinema previews, we’re sneaking in our headphones with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon on our iPod to hear it in sync with the movie. Now that would be a real trip.

For more information on the Windsor Cinemas screenings, click on the image above.