Just a few short years ago, Warner Bros. brought The Wizard of Oz to 2D Blu-ray with a wonderful new transfer and a fantastic digitally restored surround-sound audio track. This fall, the film will celebrate its 75th anniversary and Warner will re-release the film for a week in Imax theaters in 3D. The Imax showings will begin September 20, and we'll see the 3D Blu-ray release on October 1.
Since the 2D Blu-ray release, Warner has had a team working on this new 3D transfer, promising that it wouldn't release the film in 3D until the transfer looked "perfect." Well, it looks like it's finally gotten the seal of approval. This 3D transfer was created from the same 8K scan used for the 2D Blu-ray. Warner went back to the original Technicolor film negative to create the 8K scan.
You can pre-order the Blu-ray deluxe box set for $73.99 on Amazon or opt for the more modest 2-disc Blu-ray 3D combo pack, which goes for $26.99. Single-disc Blu-ray and DVD versions are also planned for release but haven't been announced yet.
In case you missed this video when the remastered 2D verison came out a few years ago, Warner has put out a short behind-the-scenes look at the remastering process of the film and scanning it at 8K resolution: