Right when I think I am out, The Wizard of Oz pulls me back in! I am a big fan of The Wizard of Oz and when the weather cools off, my fandom level rises as a I remember back to my youth when the TV networks would broadcast it and I NEEDED to be home to watch it. Nowadays I have it on demand, but I still find that I have been programmed to enjoy it during this time of year. I think the folks at WB are aware of this because they chose to release a brand new version of the film on Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D to perfectly coincide with “Oz Watching Season”.
This 75th Anniversary edition Blu-Ray had a standard BR copy, a BR 3D copy and a Digital HD copy. I have watched it in both standard Blu-Ray and 3D (a first for me) and WOW! Let me talk a little bit about the standard HD version first.
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films in history and it has received a lot of TLC over the years. So you will not be surprised to hear that transfer on this edition looks pretty darn near perfect. I am not sure what they could do to improve it. The images are crisp (just try pausing for fun) and the colors are lush. I can only imagine that the only direction they could go with are for those futuristic higher res television that I have been reading about. I do not think I will be picking on of them up anytime soon and with a picture like this, why would I need to?
A friend of mine has a 3D home theater setup. This is something I have never tried before and I asked if I could check it out and bring over The Wizard of Oz. I had complained to him that 3D makes me ill and he said he had a solution for that. He had darkened the room to just about pitch-black and the eye-line
on the TV was pretty near perfect and to my surprise, I did not get the motion sickness 3D usually gives me ( got a little). So I was able to enjoy what was a surprisingly good blast of 3D magic. It was often subtle and didn’t seem hokey. I do not have a lot of experience with 3D but my friend was impressed enough that he ordered a copy after watching this one so that he could enjoy it with his family.
This set is packed with 2 hours of extras. It features behind the scenes info, various “making of” material, sing-along, commentary and much much more. I know a lot of this material has been on existing releases. So if you have an older BR release of the film, make sure you review the specs before making your purchase.
This release is perfect for people who have not bought a previous HD version of the film before or who want to marvel at the 3D version. If so, you will not be disappointed. I did not think I was capable of enjoying The Wizard of Oz in 3D, but now that I have, I am staring to look for a deal on a possible 3D television. The Wizard of Oz really is the film that keeps on giving.
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