The Yellow Brick Road shines with a special luster in this 75th anniversary restoration of MGM’s first truly great musical. Seen as the studio’s prestige production for 1939, and a chance to build on star Judy Garland’s growing popularity, the film wasn’t expected to be a box-office winner, much less a perennial favorite that has never gone out of fashion. With carefully timed re-releases and television platforming as a special holiday event, it has grown in popularity to become one of the most beloved motion pictures ever made. That’s hardly surprising from a quality standpoint. Expertly directed by Victor Fleming (with help from King Vidor and some key creative input from George Cukor), with a peerless score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg and featuring an unbeatable cast, the film is a testament to the studio system and Louis B. Mayer’s vision of family entertainment. For the current restoration, technicians returned to the original three-strip Technicolor negative, using digital restoration techniques to produce a print that’s actually better in many ways than the one used at the 1939 premiere.
75th anniversary screening presented in IMAX® 3D in collaboration with Warner Bros. Studios.
Dir. Victor Fleming