TOWN OF BUCHANAN - It's a big anniversary for one of Hollywood's most-watchedmovies. Seventy years ago, "TheWizard of Oz" was first released. Movie-goers across thecounty, including some in Northeast Wisconsin, celebrated thatmilestone Wednesday by watching the film in high-definition.
"People say, 'I have to stay home tonight because "The Wizard ofOz" movie is on,'" fan Barbara Ann Elmer said, describing thefilm's appeal. "It's just a phenomenon."
Whether it's the munchkins, the yellow brick road or the rubyslippers that appeal to you, Elmer says there's something foreveryone in "The Wizard of Oz." A one-time view just isn'tenough.
"I betcha I've seen it about 20 times," she said.
Elmer was one of many fans who flocked to RegalCinema in the Town of Buchanan for a special one-nightanniversary showing of the movie. The event was so popular, Regalhad to open a second auditorium to accommodate more than 300 Ozfans.
Those in attendance got to see a technically-improved versionwith a special introduction, before the movie is released onBlu-ray Hi-Def.
"The difference between a little screen on TV and a big screenit's going to be much more noticeable," Elmer said.
But, the movie wasn't always a classic. On its initial release,"The Wizard of Oz" was considered only a moderate success. It wasafter re-releases in 1947 and 1955 that it began to find a wideraudience and turn a profit. The movie's popularity only increasedfrom there. Now, even the youngest of fans wear ruby slippers withpride.
"My appreciation for it grew having to watch it everyday forweeks on end," Michael Zink of Green Bay said, talking about hisdaughter's obsession with the film. "But it's a good movie."
As the saying goes, "there's no place like home" and perhaps nomovie like this one.
Warner Brothers says the technical improvements will help evenfrequent watchers see something new when they watch the film. Thenew version of "The Wizard of Oz" will be available on DVDTuesday.
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