First of all, I’m happy to report that the IMAX 3D restoration of THE WIZARD OF OZ works. Actually, it amazes. The frame-by-frame restoration results in a picture that’s cleaner than ever, more vibrant, more detailed and, frankly, better looking than any film print I’ve ever seen on the big screen (and I’ve seen it countless times).
For years, THE WIZARD OF OZ was a staple of television broadcasting, reduced not only to the small screen, but usually shown from an inferior transfer that botched the sepia toned bookend and drained the technicolor of pizzaz.
But I thought I knew every square inch of picture and every note of sound from the classic movie. Seeing the IMAX 3D restoration proved me wrong.
Here are 7.5 discoveries, celebrations and a rant on the 75th Anniversary edition now in theaters…