The Wizard Of Oz Coming To The Big Screen In HD!

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am,

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Warner Home Video has recently announced that the classic film musical, The Wizard of Oz, is going to be showing theatrically for ONE NIGHT ONLY in HD. The one-night special showing will take place next month, Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. local time, marking the first time the film has been shown in high definition on the big-screen.

The purpose of the event (beyond the awesomeness of seeing The Wizard of Oz in HD) is to celebrate the film’s 70th anniversary – that’s right, it was in 1939 that audiences were first wowed by one of the most enduring and loved (family) films ever made. I must just point out that the to-the-exact-date anniversary would be six days ago, on August 15th; on that date in ’39 The Wizard of Oz was released theatrically in the U.S. (specifically in California).

Wonder why they didn’t go for that date…

Tickets are obviously limited since this is a one-time event (showing in just 440 theaters), but are available from select box offices and also online at, where you can also find information on specific theater locations and ticket prices.

The event is going to be introduced by Robert Osborne, classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, who will talk about the film beforehand, sharing facts and stories about the timeless movie. Also showing will be We’re Off To See The Wizard, a look at how L. Frank Baum’s original children’s book was transformed into the worldwide known movie. The retrospective includes behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes.

For the rest of the info about the special Wizard of Oz screenings, you can head over to ComingSoon.

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I probably won’t be able to get a chance to see this special event since it’s taking place in the U.S. and I’m all the way over here in the UK (even for the Land of Oz I don’t think I’d shell out the plane ticket price for just one night). However, if I HAD the opportunity, I’d absolutely make the effort for this. The Wizard of Oz is truly one of the all-time greats, and to see it remastered in HD and on the big-screen like this would just be fantastic.

So are you planning on going to see The Wizard of Oz in HD?

As stated, this special one-night event will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00pm local time. Again, you can book your tickets at select box offices or order them online here.

Sources: ComingSoon and NCM

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  1. So they’re downresing it eh? film > hd

  2. Yep, film is SO much better than HD, that is why everything is going HD, because the resolution and crispness of film is SO superior. **eye roll** I hope that they have done the original justice though, and that we don’t see all the FLAWS that are in the original print.

    Probably not going to be seeing this though, but I might if it’s close enough to me.

  3. I hate that “they” are taking a lot of all the old movies and “remastering” them, they(the old movies) are some much better when they are all grainy. Like all the old Disney animated films like Sword in the Stone and Robin Hood I don’t want to see those all crystal clear it takes away from my childhood. No I will not go see WoOz I much prefer it all grainy. Next thing they will do is put the whole film in color(they wouldn’t do that…would they?).

  4. Andy, it almost sounds as if you’re mistaking standard-def with film, the two have about as much to do with each other as cassettes and master recordings. Everything is “going” HD to move beyond SD, that has little to do with the relative quality of film however.

    Since you mentioned it, the resolution and “crispness” of film is superior to high definition, drastically so. The weakest link in the chain has always been the projection equipment and print, not the medium itself.

  5. I think we should all just be thankful that they are not remaking it but just re-releasing it… for one night. And re-releasing it without added crap like when they re-released “Star Wars” in 1997.

    Count our blessings.

  6. About the Wizard Of Oz in “HD”. They sure know how to suck the last drop of blood out of something, don’t they?

  7. I so wish that they had publicized this better. I would have loved to go and see it!