Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Wizard Of Oz 75th Anniversary Celebration Begins On Oct. 1

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Warner Home Video is off to see the Wizard on Oct. 1 with a 75th Anniversary celebration.   On that date The Wizard of Oz will be lighting candles on the birthday cake that features a four-SKU product offering, including the debut of a Blu-ray 3D edition of the film (an IMAX 3D theatrical launch is also planned for Sept. 20).

This newly remastered version of the film has been converted to 3D for the double set of The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition 3D/2D SKU — which will also be included as part of the The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (a five disc affair featuring UltraViolet and both 3D and 2D versions of this classic, plus a boatload of collectible items).

Also counted in the SKU mix are both stand-alone single-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions.
As to bonus goodies, there is an all-new documentary titled The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (included on all editions of the release), plus all of the bonus nuggets from the previous Blu-ray rollout in 2009 will be included on the Blu-ray editions.

Also heading to Blu-ray on Oct. 1 as a 3D and 2D presentation is the 1953 thriller starring Vincent Price, House of Wax.   Bonus features include a newly-prepared featurette titled “House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before.”

Plus, Oct. 1 will also mark the Blu-ray debut of one of the greatest silent films of the period, director King Vidor’s 1925 World War I masterpiece, The Big Parade.   For those unfamiliar with the film, the last 30 minutes ranks right up there with the most riveting film sequences ever to grace the silver screen.

Included in this DigiBook SKU is a 64-page booklet prepared by historian Kevin Brownlow, plus there is commentary from film historian Jeffrey Vance, a 1925 silent short film (a tour of the MGM studio) and the documentary titled “The Men Who Made the Movies: King Vidor”.

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