The Wizard of Oz is a classic. Nobody would dispute that statement. So it’s nice when classic films get the treatment they deserve and this amazing film is getting just that.
Today Warner Bros. announced a new edition of the film to celebrate its 7th anniversary. The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will feature a newly mastered version of the film itself as well as a whole bunch of new and improved information about the film as well. But wait, that’s not all.
The film has also received the 3D and IMAX treatment and will show on the big, big screen for one week starting September 20th. The Blu-ray release will follow on October 1.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to see The Wizard of Oz in all its big screen glory, this is your chance. It’s worth it. Go.
For all the info you could want on this great announcement, check out the full press release below.
This weekend had the distinct feel of a throwback celebration with a Reboot-make, a re-release and a sequel to an 80’s iconic franchise inhabiting three of the top four positions.
Coming in at number one, with $26 Million, was the incredibly well advertised Evil Dead which played very strongly for an extreme horror film aimed squarely at a specific niche. Due, in part, to that specific audience target, the film’s reviews have been mixed and the word of mouth has been less than stellar on the whole. Still, the film plays very well to its target audience and with a big weekend under its belt will go into the books as a big win for all involved.
The next two spots ended up being an estimated tie between last weekend’s top two films. G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods. Both brought in an estimated $21.1 Million, with the tie break going to last weeks number 1 because the Rock is in that one and the main event at Wrestlemania this weekend.
As with many things these days, this movie is either going to be the greatest thing ever, or an unmitigated disaster. I don’t believe there’s going to be any middle ground this time.
To what movie am I referring? Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. As a director, he’s been kinda hit or miss. However, he’s really stacked the deck this time with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and many other major players. Plus, the movie is chock full of contemporary music, much as Baz likes to do, which may appeal to many.
However, Gatsby is as much a movie about its times as it is a tale of forbidden love, jealousy, class struggles music and murder. So you have to wonder if the contempory music and 3D will hurt what Fitzgerald inteneded as his message in the novel.
Or maybe that doesn’t matter ’cause it sure does look pretty. Check out the new trailer after the break.
For your viewing pleasure here’s the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaption of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby. As you probably know, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the title character, Carey Mulligan plays Daisy and they are opposite other cast members such as Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.
The film opens May 10th. Sadly, it’s also in 3D for some reason. We’ll probably just see the 2D version. YMMV.
Sure, I like to make a buck or two as much as the next guy (or girl). But this, much like The Hobbitbeing split into three movies, smacks as nothing more than a cheap stunt and a grab for cash. Sorry Universal, I love you, but really?
Yes, I’m talking about the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in 3D. And yes, I don’t think much of this tactic. An yes, it’s kinda lame.
Still, it will be cool to see Jurassic Park on the big sheen again. And nobody does crazy, surprised googly eyes better than Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum almost manages to make me love math (almost), so there’s that. However, if there’s a non-3D screening, look for me at that one.
Look for this version of Jurassic Park to arrive in theaters on April 5, 2013. Check out the trailer (which you will just have to imagine is in 3D) after the break.
I’d seen Finding Nemo only once before, when it was originally released, in the spring of 2003. Children were just a gleam in my eye, as they say, and at the time I enjoyed the film simply as a highly entertaining romp, with stunning visuals and a thoroughly engaging storyline. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and was second in grosses only to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. According to Wikipedia it’s also the best-selling DVD of all time and was the highest grossing G-rated film ever, until it was eclipsed by Toy Story 3, another Pixar triumph.
That’s a good place to start this review, because like Finding Nemo, the Toy Story films were also conceived, written and directed by Andrew Stanton, and like Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo is a story kids immediately adore, while being completely unaware of the incredibly poignancy and emotional power it has for the parents sitting next to them. But of course I didn’t understand that back then, being callow and young.
I enjoyed Marlin, Nemo’s father, as a fine comedic character, but my appreciation went only fin deep. I didn’t understand how amazingly inspired Albert Brooks is in the role, how his comedy—being from the very beginning of his career always driven by pathos and humiliation and self-awareness and self-delusion and conflicting impulses—encapsulates the complexity and fallibility in every moment of parenting.
Before I go any further I need to disclose that I’m not a fan of Sony or its products. However, I do currently own a PS3, which I use primarily to watch Blu-ray movies. For gaming, I’m pretty much on the XBox 360 or the iPad 3.
My distaste for Sony has been a long time coming through a series of sub-par products and culminating in a very expensive XBR TV that failed just after the warranty expired and would have cost almost as much to fix as to repair. My love for Sony died that day.
This new development, highlighted over at BGR, seems destined to do little, if anything to change my opinion. According to the site, Sony plans on releasing televisions with 4K resolution.
They also plan on having the PS 4 support 4K resolution. My reaction? Who cares? I can’t even get my local cable or satellite provider to send full 1080P content to my exceptionally awesome Panasonic plasma TV let alone have worry about 4K resolution programming. Good luck seeing that in the next few years.
There’s also very few games that take advantage of 1080P on the PS3 so again, I ask, why do we need 4K? I feel the same way about 3D. Nobody really needs that at home either. I expect 4K to go the way of other failed Sony products like Betamax, UMD and the MiniDisc.
Ang Lee has never really been known for visual flair. His films are always beautiful, but his best works always seemed to have a quite beauty to them. The major exception of course being Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but it seemed for a while that we might not get another visual stunner from the master filmmaker.
Thankfully that is not the case, it looks as if he knocked another feast for the eyes out of the park, and knowing the story of Life of Pi it will know doubt be a feast for the soul as well. For those in the dark on this film, here is its synopsis:
Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.
It is really starting to feel like 2012 is going to end up as one of those great cinematic years, and if this trailer is any indication Life of Pi might be one of those marquee titles that headline a long list of quality films.
Sigourney Weaver is about to star in a new USA channel politics themed show, Political Animals. Which as put her on the press circuit that looks to gain some knowledge on her future endeavors. Which may or may not include a sequel to the most successful film of all time.
While talking to the fine folks over at Showbiz 411, Mrs. Weaver let slip what might be the future plans for Cameron’s blue-tinted billion dollar franchise:
Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said. If “Political Animals” is renewed, USA will have to wait until all that’s over.
The rumor mill suggested that there would be two Avatar sequels in the works for a simultaneous shoot, but this is the first we have heard of a full trilogy shooting back-to-back-to-back. This news also begs the question of exactly how does Sigourney Weaver’s character return, she didn’t seem to make it in the first film.
Keep tuned to The Flickcast for any updates on this franchise as they break, it is kinda popular so I guess we are honor bound to cover it.