'The Wizard of Oz' Gets 3D Conversion in Honor of Warner Bros.' 90th Anniversary

Warner Bros. also announced a number of new Blu-ray and DVD sets to commemorate the studio's birthday next year.
Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.

Warner Bros. 90th Anniversary Logo

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever.

As a result of all the films the studio has produced, co-produced (with numerous partners), acquired and distributed, Warner Bros. now boasts the largest film library in the world - 6,800 feature films, with 2,000 films currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. The library includes 22 Academy Award-winning Best Pictures (the most in Oscar history), and leading franchises such as Harry Potter, Batman, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Superman.

Beginning in January, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) will launch a major Anniversary initiative that will continue through year-end 2013. This includes the release of seven new collections, including two limited and numbered anniversary collections - 100 films on DVD and 50 films on Blu-ray, both the largest collections ever released, to date, in their respective formats. The year-long celebration will also include several stand-alone releases of new-to-format classics on Blu-ray for the first time, including The Jazz Singer, all three James Dean films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant), Cabaret and Academy Award Best Picture Winners Grand Hotel (1932), Mrs. Miniver (1943), and Driving Miss Daisy (1990).

The Collections

The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection*: 100 movies including all 22 of Warner Bros. library's Best Picture Winners and two new documentaries (details below) on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging.

The Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection includes 50 movies and the two new documentaries on 52 discs, also presented in book style premium packaging. It will introduce several new-to-Blu-ray film titles, including Grand Hotel, Mrs. Miniver, and Driving Miss Daisy.

Both of the above are limited and numbered collections and each includes a collectible poster and series of art cards featuring movie poster designs created by legendary American graphic designer Bill Gold.

Gold, who worked with Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, including Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, and Ridley Scott, had this to say:

"My 65-year career began with Yankee Doodle Dandy and Casablanca and continued on to every Clint Eastwood picture from Dirty Harry to Mystic River (and I came out of retirement to design the poster for J. Edgar). In my wildest dreams I could not have foreseen the world I would inhabit and the joy it would bring me over the years. Every poster I worked on had a story to tell, and I'm delighted to be able to share a sampling of some of them in these collections."

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film DVD Collections will be released throughout the year in five separate sets. Each features a gem-packed collection of 20 essential movie classics in five major genres: Best Pictures (January), Musicals (February), Romance (April), Comedy (July) and Thrillers (September).

The Best of Warner Bros. Animation Collections will be released throughout the year in three separate animation sets. Each features animation at its best in three key brands Hanna-Barbera (May), Looney Tunes (June) and DC Comics (August).

The Best of Warner Bros. Superman Collection (May) features 9 essential Superman live action television and animated television shows in one collection.

Two New Documentaries to Celebrate Warner Bros. 90th Anniversary

Created specially for this anniversary, Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot is a full-length documentary that features some of Warner Bros.' top talent and executives giving an inside look at the history of the studio. In on-the-lot interviews, stars including Clint Eastwood, Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Martin Sheen, along with current and former studio toppers Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Bob Daly, and Terry Semel, and others, recount personal reflections and anecdotes about their experiences at the studio. Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot was produced by documentarian Gary Khammar (It's So Audrey! A Style Icon) and producer Bill Gerber (Gran Torino).

Now, for the first time, home viewers can take the hugely popular Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour in this new documentary produced exclusively for the 90th Anniversary collections. In The Warner Bros. Lot Tour, an official WB Lot Tour Guide gives guests a "virtual" tram ride (of what some 200,000 annual visitors experience) - an extraordinary opportunity to see first-hand where movie magic happens at the world's busiest motion picture and television studio. Unlike a theme park, the Tour represents a rare and intimate "behind-the-scenes" look at real Hollywood, winding through back lot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops.

The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection

Documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot, Warner Bros. Lot Tour (2013)

Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection

Documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot, Warner Bros. Lot Tour (2013)

The Wizard of Oz was released August 15th, 1939 and stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin. The film is directed by Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor.

Sources: Collider

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Comments (22)


    It's a classic as is... why change it... jerks...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. Avian

    Where the hell is Batman Begins? That's better than quite a few of the other movies on both those lists.

    Oh yeah, The Wizard of OZ in 3D, to hell with that.

    2 years agoby @avian005Flag

  3. skywise

    A sad day indeed

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. justatadmatt

    box set= win. 3d wizard=fail.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  5. jasdjqs

    Please stop with this 3d stuff, Nice for kids movies but leave the classics alone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  6. Dan


    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. The Knight Has Risen


    2 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    A slap in the face

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. Major Tom

    If any movie DIDN'T need a 3D conversion, it's Wizard of Oz. I understand celebrating 90 years, but using a cheap gimmick to bring back a classic is just stupid.

    2 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  10. ROFLitschristian

    F*ck off with your 3D, Warner. Thank you and goodnight.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  11. LuxoIII

    My opinion on it returning to theaters: Heck, yes!
    My opinion on the 3D conversion: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  12. SherlockHolmes2009

    I wish I could but that collection, probably expensive as sh*t

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  13. Emmy has a Gun

    If done properly this could be interesting. However I would be disappointed if they didn't take a Tron" Legacy approach by having the black and white in 2d and only the color parts in 3d.

    2 years agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  14. CelluloidDreams

    WHY?!?!?!?!. So sacrilegious!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  15. Supes1976

    @moviegeek Not if your TV is setup correctly.

    2 years agoby @Supes1976Flag

  16. moviegeek

    Converting to 3D will only dim the vivid color that made this movie stand out.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  17. moviegeek

    What the heck.?! no!

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  18. Ghostman

    At least it isn't a remake.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Rudy

    Making more money in honor of their 90th anniversary.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  20. SpaceCowboy

    Oh my.

    2 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  21. greyhame

    I honestly don't believe The Wizard of Oz need to be converted into 3D. I understood rendering it to look more colorful and vivid, but converting a classic into 3D is completely unnecessary.

    2 years agoby @greyhame27Flag