There’s no place like Oz. Or at least that’s what they’re thinking at Warner Home Video, which has just released The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Before you get too misty-eyed at your memories of this classic, it’s worth noting this is the third reissue of the film since 1999.
That being said, The New York Times review goes so far as to say “there doesn’t seem to be a single dust speck on the image or a pop on the soundtrack” and the reissue “is a magnificent demonstration of digital technology used to preserve and perpetuate a crucial artifact of the analog past.” And this IS the first time the film’s been released on Blu-Ray.
So what else do you get besides a pristine reissue? The multi-disc release also includes audio commentary tracks, several other black-and-white adaptations of the L. Frank Baum story, sing-alongs, and documentaries on the making of the movie and its impact on audiences.
Speaking of Blu-Ray releases this week, Target will be the exclusive retailer for a Blu-ray of Gremlins. The reissue will largely replicate the content from the 2002 DVD release, which included 10 minutes of additional scenes, a making-of featurette and commentaries. Also out on Blu-Ray: Fireproof, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (from 2003) and Snakes on a Plane.
Other DVDS out this week: the Dreamworks animated flick, Monsters vs. Aliens; Away We Go, starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph; the crime comedy The Brothers Bloom, featuring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz. Find more on Moviefone.com.