Watch The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D from September

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner  Bros. Pictures and IMAX have teamed up to give cinema goers the chance to see the film in the IMAX 3D format. The film has been digitally remastered frame by frame with IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology to give the film the impact it fully deserves as it hits the big screen once again.

The 3D conversion was started by very high-resolution (8K) scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative. The 2D image was then turned into 3D by creating a depth-map of each frame and using this to determine the distances from the viewer’s point of view.  This was then followed by a long process of refining the viewer distances and fully layering shapes and objects to build the image up into what it should be.

“The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films of all time and we are thrilled that our longtime partners at Warner Bros. Pictures have made IMAX a part of this exciting milestone event,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “This film revolutionized the use of color and special effects in cinema, and we’re excited to add another ‘first ’ – bringing this timeless classic to moviegoers across the UK through the power of IMAX 3D for the very first time.”

The first showing of the original film was on 15th August 1939. I think it will be incredibly interesting to see how a film of such age will look when played through today’s modern technology.

Witch Dorthoy and Glinda

The Wizard of Oz will be available to watch across the UK from the 12th September 2014.

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