Friday, September 25, 2009

Only Bad Witches Are Ugly

In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the premiere of "The Wizard of Oz" about 200 movie theaters around the country screened a newly remastered, high definition print of the film last night.

Though I've seen the movie many, many times on TV I've never seen it in a theater so, of course, I went to see it at the AMC 15 in Century City.

What an outstanding experience.

The colors are so vivid it's breathtaking. Two things I noticed for the first time on the big screen were 1) how intricate and beautiful all the costumes (by Adrian) are and 2) how great the sound is.

For instance, the sound and music builds during the tornado scene and then there's absolute silence once the house lands. In a theater with good sound the effect is really startling.

And with good sound you can pick up all the witty lines in the dialogue and lyrics.

Can Bert Lahr sell a joke or what? He puts the Ape in Apricot.
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