Friday, June 07, 2013

'Legends of Oz' Release Date Shuffle? The 1939 Movie in IMAX 3-D?

Whoa, it's been awhile since I've blogged!

Happy Friday (night). I've got a couple of little news bytes to talk about this week...

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return originally announced a release date of May 2, 2014 for the U.S. & Canada. It was announced that the film would show up in at least 3,000 theaters (and in 3-D) shortly after word got out that the film was picked up for distribution by Clarius Entertainment. It now seems like the date has been pushed back a week to May 9, 2014. It's a little unusual that a release shuffle would occur this early in the game... I did attempt to reach out to the producers for a comment on this, but to no avail. Co-producer Buddy Paris reached out to me after I had originally posted this, and said:

We thought May 9 would be a more appropriate date. The movie is now being screened at the Annecy film festival in France after receiving a great reaction at Cannes.

After doing a bit of research, I discovered that Clarius Entertainment has not successfully distributed a film. A CG-animated feature film starring Jane Lynch and Rob Schneider called Dino Time 3-D was set for release on December 7, 2012. Posters were up and trailers were even being shown at theaters. Alas, that advertised date came and went, and Dino Time has still not been released. Will Legends of Oz have a similar fate? Time will tell, but my fingers are crossed because I am still rooting for this film! 

In other news, you've probably heard that the 1939 movie will be re-released in around 400 theaters in IMAX 3-D on September 20, 2013. Press releases talk up the conversion, but I am really nervous about this. The film is 75 years old, and is in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I was not impressed by the 3-D conversion done for the 4-D attraction a couple of years ago, but here's hoping that this conversion will be more successful. Read all about it here.

That's it for this now!

Updated 6/13/13.

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