Warner Bros. has announced that The Wizard of Oz is undergoing a special restoration and conversion into 3D as part of its impressive 90th anniversary celebration slate, which includes the release of several Best of Warner Bros. film collections, documentaries and other special Home Entertainment releases from its extensive library. Read on for details…
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In addition to the surprise announcement that the 3D edition of The Wizard of Oz, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, would arrive in the autumn of 2013, Warner Bros unveiled its brand-new 90th Anniversary logo.
At a special press event on Wednesday, they detailed several new home entertainment releases coming in 2013 including The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection on DVD and 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray; several 20 Film Collections on DVD in five major genres: Best Pictures, Musicals, Romance, Comedy and Thrillers; The Best of Warner Bros. Animation Collections -- Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and DC Comics; and The Best of Warner Bros. Superman TV Collection, which features both live-action animated TV shows.
The limited and numbered Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection and 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray will be released in January, containing film classics ranging from Casablanca and Gone with the Wind to The Dark Knight and The Hangover.
The two new documentaries celebrating the 90th anniversary include Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour, and longtime Warner Bros. collaborator Clint Eastwood will also get his own 40 DVD and 20 Blu-ray movie collections, both including a brand-new documentary, Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.
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And several stand-alone releases new to Blu-ray for the first time will also be released for the 90th anniversary in 2013, including the first talkie The Jazz Singer, all three James Dean films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant), Cabaret and Academy Award Best Picture Winners Grand Hotel, Mrs. Miniver and Driving Miss Daisy. Anniversary editions of The Exorcist, A Christmas Story, Enter the Dragon and The Right Stuff will also get special treatment.
For more info, head over to www.bestofwb.com.