The Wizard of Oz Returns in IMAX 3D


Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will soon be celebrating its 75th anniversary and, while plans had already been announced for a 3D Blu-ray release on home video, Warner Bros. today announced (via USA Today) that the film will receive a 3D re-release in IMAX theaters in September.

Based on the fantasy book series by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bulger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton and, after three quarters of a century, remains one of the most well-known works of cinema across the world.

Set for a one-week run beginning September 20, The Wizard of Oz will then arrive as a five-disc box set (which includes a disc playable on 3D televisions) on October 1.

The film will mark the second opportunity moviegoers have had to visit Baum’s fictional world on the big screen this year. Sam Raimi’s quasi-prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful, was released theatrically earlier this year and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week. An animated take on the public domain novel, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, is also in development and is set for release on May 9, 2014.