New digital 'Oz' to be screened

Late 1930s classic will be shown Aug. 3

A new, 4K restoration of "The Wizard of Oz" will screen digitally Monday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series "Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939."

Jerry Maren, who portrayed one of the Lollipop Guild members in Munchkinland, will be present for a Q&A before the film.

The pre-show, which will begin at 6:45 p.m., will include videotaped interviews with Margaret Hamilton and Ray Bolger from a 1983 Academy event, the 12th chapter of the 1939 serial "Buck Rogers," starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore, and the 1939 winner for Cartoon Short Subject, Walt Disney's "The Ugly Duckling."

The screening marks the public premiere of Warner's 4K digital restoration of the film, which won Oscars for its original score and song "Over the Rainbow."
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