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Wizzard of Oz returns

By Branko Brkic 22 September 2009

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.

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