After an enormous tornado hits her quiet hometown, Dorothy Gale is swept off to a magical land where she must embark on a perilous journey to meet The Wizard of Oz – the only man in this bizarre world who can help her return home.
As baffling as it sounds, this year marks the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and in celebration, this cinematic masterpiece has been re-mastered and re-released in glorious IMAX 3D.
You may have seen this movie countless times before, but you have never seen it quite like this.
The re-mastered version is quite literally astounding. It may be seventy-five years of age, but it doesn’t look a day over fifty. The picture quality is crystal clear, the colours are more vibrant than ever and the sound is crisp.
With a film as old as this one, there are a few inevitable issues that raise their ugly heads, but it is nothing too severe.
The main issue arises during scenes in which large groups of people are singing in unison, as their voices merge into a single bulbous mass of inaudible noise, making it rather difficult to decipher what they are singing about.
However, as this only happens twice throughout the entire movie, it’s not a huge issue.
The 3D post-conversion adds a whole new dimension to the film. Due to the fact it was not shot in 3D, it bears none of the gimmicks and clichés that often comes with films that are shot in 3D.
You all know what I’m talking about – the whole “This film is in 3D so we need to have everything shoot towards the camera for no apparent reason. That will look totally awesome in 3D!” mentality.
Sometimes, it can work; just look at Gravity for example. But most of the time, it comes across as a forced, gimmicky way of exploiting the medium. Thankfully, the 3D compliments The Wizard of Oz perfectly.
I’d even go as far as saying that it’s one of the only films I have ever seen that is actually better in 3D.
It improves the experience and adds a wonderful depth to the scenery, serving to enhance the already spectacular sets that are on display throughout.
To see the rest of Antony’s Review, check out the October 3rd edition of Street Cred!