wizard-of-oz-imax3d-poster-660Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old 2D version of “The Wizard of Oz” that audiences have enjoyed for decades at last is dead.

At least that’s the driving force behind “The Wizard of Oz 3D,” an IMAX-exclusive re-release of the great 1939 musical you’ve no doubt watched hundreds of times. And while I vehemently discourage any studio from converting old classics into 3D (which is, let’s face it, always more about money than it is about demand), you can’t argue that the movie doesn’t look fantastic on an eight-story IMAX screen.

What was good about “The Wizard of Oz” then is still good today, although watching the movie on a monster screen does make one realize how hastily some of the prosthetic hairpieces were applied, particularly on the Munchkins. And, while I was worried the 3D would look as crappy as it often does when newer movies are post-converted, the good news about “The Wizard of Oz 3D” is that you hardly notice the 3D anyway.

It just goes to show that when a timeless classic is this enjoyable for so many years to so many generations of moviegoers, no cheesy gimmickry can stand a chance against its majesty.

★★★★ out of ★★★★

Rated PG (which is absolutely ridiculous). 103 minutes. 1939.

Director: Victor Fleming. Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger.


Categories: Jesse Hoheisel

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