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9 December 2016 04:04 (South Africa)
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Wizzard of Oz returns

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Seventy years after its first screening, The Wizard of Oz is headed back to theatres on September 23 for one night as Warner Bros unveils a technologically updated and improved version ahead of its release on Blu-ray Hi-Def.

Upon release, it was considered a moderate success, largely because it had cost so much to make. Only after its re-releases in 1947 and 1955 did it start turning a profit and finding wider audiences. The film's imprint continues to be felt as Oz references, homage and parodies pop up regularly in movies, TV shows, literature and music, ranging from the SyFy Channel's Tin Man series to the Broadway musicals The Wiz and Wicked. It also has likely inspired many of the fantastical visions generated from Hollywood over the last 30 years.

Seventy years after its first screening, The Wizard of Oz is headed back to theatres on September 23 for one night as Warner Bros unveils a technologically updated and improved version ahead of its release on Blu-ray Hi-Def.

Upon release, it was considered a moderate success, largely because it had cost so much to make. Only after its re-releases in 1947 and 1955 did it start turning a profit and finding wider audiences. The film's imprint continues to be felt as Oz references, homage and parodies pop up regularly in movies, TV shows, literature and music, ranging from the SyFy Channel's Tin Man series to the Broadway musicals The Wiz and Wicked. It also has likely inspired many of the fantastical visions generated from Hollywood over the last 30 years.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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