Today, Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the giant box set, The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition, which is the definitive edition of the Hollywood classic. It contains the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet copy as well as a 52-page hardcover photo book, ruby slippers sparkle globe, collectible award pin set, a journal, and a map of Oz. There’s also a 4GB “Wicked Witch of the East” flash drive for people who like their flash drives to look like severed legs. If you’ve been waiting to add The Wizard of Oz to your collection, this is the edition to have, and this is the day to do add it since it will be $54.99 for today only. Click here to buy it.
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What can one say about The Wizard of Oz that hasn’t already been said? It overcame a troubled production, a flawed plot, and enough casting changes to fill a dozen movies to create a piece of indescribably beautiful cinematic magic. As adults, we can snark at its idiosyncrasies, marvel at the awkward questions we missed (“The Wizard sent them off to die; they’re not pissed about that?!”), and notice the things we never did as a child (“If it was all a dream, won’t Miss Gulch be coming back for the dog?!”). But the moment “Somewhere over the Rainbow” starts up, all that cynicism melts away. We’re five years old again, ready to follow that Yellow Brick Road wherever it might lead, and reminded that no amount of criticism can possibly damage this movie. It’s justly celebrated as the most beloved film of all time, a title I daresay it will never relinquish. It exists to be loved and cherished; there’s simply nothing else to say about it. The new 75th anniversary Blu-ray collection does full justice to it, though one wonders how necessary it is after the earlier 70th anniversary edition already set such a high standard. Hit the jump for the full review.
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:
CBS has earned a reputation for rarely shaking up its steadfast formula (easy to follow procedurals, simple three-camera sitcoms, Survivor), but it’s now putting into development one hell of a head-scratcher. Deadline reports that the network is developing a medical drama called Dorothy, which will “lift characters and themes” from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Described as a medical soap, the project comes from Elementary producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman and takes place in New York City. Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer) will write the script and executive produce the pilot.
I’m morbidly curious to see just how Beverly and Timberman plan to make this work. Scrubs did an excellent Wizard of Oz homage in the Zach Braff-directed episode “My Way Home,” but it seems like the adaptation works better within the comedy genre. How clear will the parallels to the source material be? Does the lion character have big, wavy hair? Will our protagonist always wear red shoes? Do Dorothy and Scarecrow have an on-again off-again relationship? It sounds so terrible in theory that I just have see what this looks like.
Hero Complex Gallery in LA opens its new show, BLEEDING METALLICS, this Friday night. There will be art printed with metallic inks, printed on metal, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers…and while this is quickly turning into a Bubba Gump routine, you get it…lots of metal. Check out more info on the show, 14 preview images, and a surprise for the first 50 customers after the jump.
With Comic-Con 2013 officially open, earlier tonight I was able to walk around the convention floor for Preview Night. In years past, before the convention sold out the moment tickets went on sale, you could walk around Preview Night casually picking up what you wanted, while also checking out the cool new toys. This is no longer the case. These days, as soon as the doors open, badge holders rush in to try and buy the numerous exclusives only for sale at the convention. While I get why everyone is racing to buy things, I do miss the days where it was all a little more casual.
While walking around the convention floor, I was able to take over 150 pictures. Included in the assortment are pics of Lego, toys, posters, art, comic books, The Walking Dead, the Marvel booth (Thor 2), some amazing Sideshow Collectibles, vintage Superman costumes from the films and TV shows, original props from The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, Watchmen, Indiana Jones, the PS4 and Xbox One, and so much more. However, while I saw many cool things tonight, I definitely think one of the highlights is the brand new LEGO Delorean from Back to the Future! Hit the jump to check it all out.
A few new posters have landed online for some upcoming films. Briefly:
- Pacific Rim – Two more “character” posters for Guillermo del Toro’s new film focus on the Australian Jaeger “Strike Eureka” and the vicious Kaiju “Leatherback.” The film opens on July 12th.
- Rush – A couple of new international posters for Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama, starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde. The film opens on September 20th.
- Lovelace – A teaser poster for the upcoming biopic of the famous porn star, with Amanda Seyfried taking on the title role. The film opens on August 9th.
- The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D – Fresh off of yesterday’s trailer debut, a new poster has been released for the IMAX 3D re-release of the classic. The film opens on September 20th.
Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.
One of the greatest films ever made is coming back to theaters later this year in a big way. Warner Bros. is releasing The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D for the film’s 75th Anniversary, and the first trailer for the re-release has landed online. The trailer does a nice job of teasing the film’s iconic moments and marketing the re-release as an event not to be missed. While I don’t really think classic films need to be converted to 3D, it’s going to be pretty hard to pass up the opportunity to see The Wizard of Oz back in theaters on a giant IMAX screen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The Wizard of Oz returns to theaters exclusively in IMAX 3D for one week starting September 20th, followed by the release of a five-disc Blu-ray set on October 1st.
What with everything else that’s been going on over the past few months, you’d be forgiven if you completely forgot that Mondo and artist Tom Whalen’s Looney Tunes series (which, you’ll recall, began all the way back in March of 2012 with Whalen’s fantastic Duck Dodgers print) was still not wrapped. Yes, it’s been awhile, but earlier today the Mondo crew revealed that the next installment is only hours away from dropping…and then it’s being accompanied by another Whalen print that’ll be of great interest to L. Frank Baum fans. Read all about it after the jump, folks.
The Wizard of Oz premiered August 25, 1939. 73 years, 9 months, and 9 days later, the Technicolor wonder has cemented its status as a classic of American cinema. If you’re measuring in studio time, it is nearly the 75th anniversary, and Warner Bros. has big plans. First, WB will partner with IMAX to release a converted 3D Wizard of Oz in 400 IMAX theaters. WB has quietly remastered the Oz print for the last four months before presenting the test run to IMAX. IMAX presient Greg Foster remarked, “The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional. But it’s the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing, maybe what people felt when they first saw it.”
There are currently no plans for release on standard screens, but a limited international release is in the works. The theatrical re-release will be followed by a five-disc Blu-ray set—featuring a new documentary on the making of the movie—on October 1. [Update: We've updated the article with the full press release after the jump, which includes much more information regarding the Blu-ray including pricing and special features.]
Warner Horizon Television has picked up Red Brick Road, a sci-fi take on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Created by artist Rob Prior, the series is a futuristic sequel that puts a darker and edgier spin on the characters, such as a robotic Tin Man and a red-cloaked Witch Assassin. Red Brick Road has also been described as being in the vein of Game of Thrones since it’s expected to incorporate political intrigue and violence. The series is being shepherded by executive producers Mark Wolper, Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh. Hit the jump for more, plus a look at some of Prior’s concept art.
In the fall of 2011, when Oz The Great and Powerful was filming in Michigan, I got to visit the set along with a few other online reporters. During a break in filming, even though he was incredibly busy, Sam Raimi sat down with us to answer some questions. He talked about the challenges of making the film, pulling material from L. Frank Baum’s books, having to be careful about using certain elements due to fear of litigation, filming in Michigan, how the entire film is being made on soundstages, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD. Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.” Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.
Collider was in attendance this morning at a press event in Burbank where Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group celebrated their 90th anniversary* (*technically the company turns ninety on April 4th, 2013) by unveiling their new 90-year logo and announcing a slate of new Blu-ray and DVD transfers. However the biggest surprise was an announcement that they’re currently working on a special restoration and conversion of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz from 2D to 3D. The new 3D edition of The Wizard of Oz will hit shelves everywhere sometime next year in September or October.
Also announced this morning, two new documentaries on working at the Warner’s Lot, a 100 DVD Collection of the Best Films from Warner Brothers and a 50 Blu-ray Collection of the Best Films from Warner Brothers, among others. For the full press release, a list of just what movies are included in the 50/100 film sets, a trailer for the sets, and images, hit the jump.
Following their Hall H panel at Comic-Con, director Sam Raimi, along with actresses Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams, held a press conference to discuss the new film Oz: The Great and Powerful, which already looks intriguing and compelling, just from its small glimpses. The story is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz, telling how the selfish Wizard (played by James Franco) arrived in Oz from Kansas and went on to become a more selfless ruler and man. Check out what they had to say after the jump.