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IF EVER A WONDERFUL WIZ THERE WAS

             

For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 16, 2013

Warner Bros. is releasing "The Wizard of Oz" on the big screen Sept. 20 – on the big, big screen, as in IMAX 3D.

But only for a week.

And, really, just as a run-up to the new "75th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition," a huge box set that includes tons of bonus features, including the entire six-hour "When the Lion Roars" documentary about MGM, as well as a 52-page hardcover book, a snow globe, a journal and other tchotchkes — with a $105 price tag. (OK, most places will start selling it at $74.)

Less pricey 75th anniversary editions will also come out that day, one on Blu-ray 3D, one on Blu-ray and another on DVD.

Die-hard fans are either going to be elated with this new attention given to their favorite film or annoyed that they have yet another version to buy.

Just four years ago, "The Wizard of Oz" was released with a big 70th anniversary Blu-ray box set for $80, followed in 2010 by smaller Blu-ray and DVD editions. Since 1997 the film has been reissued on DVD several times, and before that there were multiple editions on VHS.

So when does it become too many reissues? And why are the same "classic" titles released on DVD and Blu-ray over and over and over again?

Actually, that's not such an unfathomable question. It's because we keep on buying them over and over and over again.

Some day I'm going to take the time to research which movies have been released the most times on home video, which have the most Blu-ray/DVD/VHS editions floating around out there.

I'm guessing they'll be titles that even non-movie-watchers will recognize.