It may be difficult to imagine today, but there once was a time when watching a movie rerun on tv was appointment viewing.
The Wizard of Oz was already 17 years old when it made its broadcast debut on CBS in November, 1956. Though only moderately successful theatrically, the film became an annual broadcast tradition: returning every year to huge audiences.
Forty years later, Oz migrated first to cable tv and then to home video. Its most recent incarnation came only four years ago when it was released as a re-mastered blu-ray.
Now for its 75th anniversary Warner Bros. is touting yet another blu-ray release due Oct. 1 and to mark that occasion, the studio has commissioned a 3D IMAX conversion that will be playing nationwide on 300 screens for only one week beginning Friday, Sept. 20. Continue reading