(Copyright 1998. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

November 9, 1998

If you only had a brain, you'd see Oz

--- Movie Review ---

By AMANDA LEHMERT
The Tattoo

The ruby slippers have never been brighter.

This time around, all the magic and imagination
of the digitally remastered classic, "The Wizard
of Oz," will capture audiences on the big
screen.

And those slippers aren't the only surprise.

With the new computer technology, the true
colors of the film come alive.

Munchkins, who normally dance around the screen
in an obscure light, appear to pop out in truly
magical hues.

The Tin Man actually appears quite rusty and
Dorothy might just have a few freckles.

The depths of the Oz forest take on an enchanted
blue tone, instead of its formerly fuzzy gray
finish.

And, of course, the ruby slippers, while once
dull representations of the gems from which they
were fashioned, now sparkle enough to fit the
hype.

Viewers get a clear picture of the great lengths
to which the creators went to make "The Wizard
of Oz" the success it was, and is today.

But, of course, with all this clarifying going
on, some basic myths about the movie seemed to
be whisked in out of the fog, as well.

For instance, the truth to the legend that a man
hanging himself can be seen in the background
just as Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow
skip off to see the Wizard is revealed.

In this new version, viewers see a large bird
flapping its wings frantically in the distance.
Not a dead man in sight.

But that is the beauty of the technology. Not
only do we get to see the film in all its glory,
we also get to see all its idiosyncrasies.
 
Its hidden wonders and character flaws make the
movie all the more appealing for the Oz veteran.
 
With all that going on, the laughter and gasps
of the children in the audience is only half the
fun.        


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