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For the record, sepia is the only correct version of the Kansas scenes in The Wizard of Oz. Those scenes were sepia when the movie was released in 1939. The filmmakers were very particular about color and went to extraordinary lengths to make the transition from sepia to full color work. During the famous shot where Dorothy opens the door onto Oz, the inside of the house was painted sepia (not black & white), and the actress standing-in for Dorothy wore a sepia colored dress. After the camera moves past her and leaves the house, Judy Garland steps into frame wearing a blue dress.
Some theatrical re-releases starting in 1955 and all VHS releases up through 1989 incorrectly displayed these scenes without the sepia tint. This was not an artistic decision, but rather an act of laziness and cheapness on the part of the distributor. The sepia tint was restored for the movie's 50th anniversary, and all releases after that point have been correct.
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Last edited by Josh Z; 03-06-2017 at 09:57 AM.