‘Wizard of Oz’ gets 3-D makeover

The Miami HeraldNovember 15, 2013 

Warner Bros. technical operations’ vice president of mastering Ned Price said of the remastered 3-D version of “The Wizard of Oz”: “People have asked for years about ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 3-D conversion. My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is.” College 9 will host screenings of the remastered film.

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Marking the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros. recently released a 3-D remastered version of the film which and launched a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.

The 3-D conversion was a long and complex project which Warner Bros. initiated with a very high resolution scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative. The restored 2-D image then was transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3-D imagery and determine distances from the viewer’s vantage point. This was followed by the long process (with the use of a rotoscope) to further refine viewer distances and fully layer shapes and objects.

“People have asked for years about ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 3-D conversion. My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is,” said Ned Price, Warner Bros. technical operations’ vice president of mastering. “As a kid, I was so enthralled by this film. Watching it, you just want to enter the frame, enter the Land of Oz. This new version will allow you to do just that.”

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