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Is this 75th Anniversary Edition of The Wizard of Oz - its second since going Blu - worth the investment....?
Warner / 1939 / 102 Minutes / Rated G / Street Date: October 1, 2013
A review of The Wizard of Oz is almost pointless at this juncture in cinema history. The Wizard of Oz is a staple of the movie world and belongs on every serious film-lover’s shelf. But there seems to be a new edition of the movie on the market every five years or so, which leaves even some of its most fervent advocates wincing at the act of shelling out yet another forty bucks (or more) for the latest and greatest release.
Alas, for home theater enthusiasts, this 75th Anniversary Edition is absolutely worth the investment. The film’s 3D presentation is more novelty than anything else – it’s fun, but not a revelation – but if there were a couple nitpicks as far as the movie’s 2009 Blu-ray release was concerned, this one erases even those. Dorks like myself are on record as saying things like ‘the movie couldn’t look much better than it does here’, but I stand corrected: this new transfer given The Wizard of Oz is really something.
It’s also fair to say, however, that only a select few who already own The Wizard of Oz on Blu-ray will get a ton of fulfillment out of this new incarnation. Again, if you simply must have the very best, then click your heels together and get your wallet out. But if a 3D version of the movie doesn’t get you going and you’re happy with the edition already gathering dust on your shelf, this one might not merit an upgrade. Follow us as we take you through exactly what’s here, and you can make up your mind either way.