If anyone tells you they're off to see the wizard next week, believe them.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz," a newly restored version of the 1939 classic will be screened in high-definition Wednesday in nearly 450 theaters nationwide. Our area gets two of the coveted screenings: The Elmwood Regal and the Transit Regal will each show the film at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The movie will be given the Hollywood treatment with an introduction by venerable Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne. Theatergoers will also get to watch "To Oz! The Making of a Classic," an exclusive look at the film with archival interviews, home movies and behind-the-scenes footage.
Can't make the screening? That's OK. "The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition" will be released by Warner Home Video on Sept. 29. The four-disc set will be loaded with goodies. In the meantime, head out to the mall where you can find all sorts of 70th anniversary memorabilia including "Oz" notebooks, games, mugs and even a doorstop in the shape of the ruby slippers. Tickets are $10. Get them early through www.FathomEvents.com or www.fandango.com.
-- Toni Ruberto