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‘Wizard of Oz’ gets a new dimension

It’s been a long while since anyone proclaimed “We’re off to see the Wizard,” then headed to a movie theater to catch “The Wizard of Oz.” The timeless fantasy about a young girl, her little dog, three odd pals, one wicked witch, and a certain man behind a curtain opened in the summer of 1939, capturing the hearts and imaginations of young and old, and garnering six Oscar nominations (including best picture, but winning only for original score and the song “Over the Rainbow”). It was reissued theatrically in 1949, when it made back the $750,000 it lost the first time around, and turned a nice profit; then again in 1955, when MGM tried to cash in on Judy Garland’s Oscar nomination for “A Star Is Born.”

Since then, except for screenings at art houses, festivals, and Oz conventions, the film has been mostly relegated to TV screens (first on CBS, in 1956), and these days on beautifully restored DVDs and Blu-rays.

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