Yes, the iconic movie was released 80 years ago and will be returning to the theatres for a limited time to celebrate the same!
One of the most influential movies ever made, The Wizard of Oz is a gem which will never get old. The 1939 American musical fantasy film is a legendary movie based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a novel by L. Frank Baum, a genius writer who penned down children books and made our lives better. From its memorable characters to beautiful musicals, Wizard of Oz is regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the movie used the classic Technicolor and was so brilliantly executed, it earned itself six Oscar nominations and won two of them!
Starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick, Terry (billed as Toto) and Singer's Midgets as the Munchkins, the movie was released 80 years ago, let that sink in! 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the iconic movie and to celebrate the grand movie, it is coming back!
Put on your ruby slippers as Fathom Events is bringing the movie back to the theatres after a span of 80 years. For a limited time, the movie will be played in theatres on the occasion of its anniversary. From January 27 to 30, you can catch your favorite movie in a theatre near you and witness the magic of the iconic movie on the big screen, a surreal never before experience! Book your tickets before they all run out!
"A special 80th-anniversary event is coming to select theaters. In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of the land "somewhere over the rainbow." Dorothy's dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family's house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world, unlike anything she has seen before," Fathom described the special event.
"Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag's sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion, and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers, Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home. Fans young and old won't want to miss this special showing!" they elaborated adding that movie screening will include special insight from Turner Classic Movies.
When Wizard of Oz was released, it won the hearts of the critics instantly but failed to be a commercial success due to poor marketing. The movie directed by Victor Fleming was then re-released 10 years later and the movie was received well. “Nothing comparable has come out of Hollywood in the past few years to approximate the lavish scale of this filmusical extravaganza, in the making of which the ingenuity and inventiveness of technical forces were employed without stint of effort or cost… Some of the scenic passages are so beautiful in design and composition as to stir audiences by their sheer unfoldment," reads one of the earliest reviews of the movie.
Tom Lucas, the VP of Fathom Events revealed they wish to give the fans of the movie the experience of watching it on the silver screen. “1939 is often referred to as the true zenith of the Hollywood studio system,” Lucas says, “and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ represents this moment by bringing together the very best talent – both in front of and behind the camera – to create one of the greatest films of all time. At its core, this film touches on some deep human truths about the need for connection and belonging, the importance of bravery and believing in yourself," he added.
And it gets better! TCM is kickstarting its Big Screen Classics event with Oz and there are many more classics in line! My Fair Lady, To Kill A Mockingbird, Ben-Hur, True Gift, Field of Dreams, Glory, Hello, Dolly!, The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, The Godfather, When Harry Met Sally and many more are included in the event which will be screened in the theaters for a limited time throughout the year. Wish to re-watch some classics? Now's your chance!