This weekend, The Wizard of Oz was released for the first time in IMAX 3D. Unlike other classic action films that have gotten the 3D treatment, like Titanic and Jurassic Park, the Wizard of Oz seems an odd choice for multidimensionality. This is a film whose most kinetic sequence is a brisk stroll down a brick road, and whose set design – while cutting edge for the late 1930s – leaves a little something to be desired when rendered in high def (think less Avatar, more final scene of The Truman Show).
In the name of technological advancement, we took note of everything that popped out of the screen during the course of the movie. Let’s just say it wasn’t quite the in-your-face flying monkey terror frenzy that we were hoping for.
- The roaring MGM lion. This was the scariest part of the whole film.
- The title credits.
- Dorothy’s flying house after it gets picked up by the tornado. There’s a moment when you really think it might land on the audience! Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
- Glinda’s magic floating balloon, which seems to protrude from the screen for about a split-second, although we aren’t totally sure.
- The Wicked Witch’s pointy finger. Girlfriend’s manicure could use a little work.
- A spooky sign and some tree branches in the Haunted Forest.
- The Wicked Witch’s flaming broomstick. You can almost feel the flames!
- The closing credits.
Verdict: Unless you have some insatiable desire to examine the synthetic furs of the Lion’s onesie in high def (seriously — we’ve had Halloween gear that was better quality than the characters’ actual costumes) we suggest saving your 3D film budget for whatever Pixar does next.