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Shawn Dwyer

'The Wizard of Oz' in 3D?

By October 5, 2012

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The Wizard of OzAs if 2009's 70th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD combo wasn't enough, Warner Bros. has announced that it will release Victor Fleming's classic The Wizard of Oz on 3D as part of the studio's 90th anniversary celebration.

So if you have a 3D home theater system, you'll be able to see Dorothy being carried away by a tornado, armies of flying monkeys and brightly colored dancing Munchkins as if they were in your own living room.

Now this may be a bitter pill to swallow for classic movie purists, especially those still outraged by Ted Turner's overzealous colorization efforts in the 1980s. Does this mark the beginning of a trend that will see other classic movies making the transfer to three dimensions?

Maybe next we'll kiss dirt next to Cary Grant as we're buzzed by a crop duster while watching North By Northwest, or see Gene Kelly twirl his umbrella in our faces while viewing Singin' in the Rain. Perhaps Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress will flutter about our heads while watching The Seven Year Itch.

Actually, that last one doesn't sound too bad.

Image from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)/Warner Bros.

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