The Wizard of OZ set for 2014 re-release

The classic American musical film, The Wizard of OZ is to be restored and re-released, to tie in with its 75th anniversary.

Warner Brothers have announced that they will stop shipping the DVD from May this year and will begin digitally remastering the film, ready for its release in 2014.

After its restoration, the well-loved family film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, but it has not yet been confirmed if it will be shown on the big screen too.

Digital Spy reports that the theatrical catalogue chief for Warner Brothers, Jeff Baker, stated: “We expect 90-95% consumer awareness, with a kick-off event consistent with only a handful of titles that are considered the crown jewels of our library.”

The 1939 film, originally starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton, featured the show stopper, Somewhere Over the Rainbowand Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

The film has recently been made into an upbeat family musical, even featuring a very well-trained dog taking on the role as Toto.

There were plans to make a live-action remake in 2010, directed by Forrest Gump‘s Robert Zemeckis, but there has been little progress with the project.

Meanwhile, Disney jumped on the bandwagon, and is now set to release a spin-off film called Oz: The Great and Powerful next year.
The film will star Rachel Weisz as Evandora (the Wicked Witch of the East) and Blake Lively as Glinda (the Good Witch of the East). If you have seen the West End show, Wicked, you will know these characters much better.

If The Wizard of OZ comes to the big screen, it’s safe to say that many of its fans will be skipping down the yellow brick road to their local cinema, to relive the magic once again.

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