Thank goodness for Amazon’s self-publish, without it authors whose manuscripts would normally be refused by publishing houses wouldn’t have a place for the public to judge their works. What is good will go on to print, the definitive goal of any author’s story and the best way to be immortalized when read by future generations. But what is bad will suffer the most harshest of criticisms. Dan Aitken’s book The Zombies of Oz has yet to face public scrutiny, it’s too new.
Based on the beloved series of books for children young and old by L. Frank Baum, Aitken is treading on sacred ground. The idea of adapting Oz in new ways through new stories has been done before. The stories and characters of Oz have been painted with a darker brush much like Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s The Dark Knight Returns comic miniseries and even turned into a team of superheros. The zombie angle has been explored previously through the works of independent artists at comic conventions. But success isn’t always guaranteed as proven by Oz the Great and Powerful, one of the worst films of 2013.
I’ll state right now that I’m not a huge fan of 3-D. There are few films that have truly impressed me with such technology. But there are films I will pay large ticket prices to see in the IMAX theatre, the original uncut Star Wars is one of those but for the other it’s the Wizard of Oz.
The 1939 film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan was a family favourite during my childhood years. It was one of the few films the family unit would make the time for.
But now the MGM colour classic will be screened in North American Imax theatres in honour of the film approaching its 75th anniversary. For only one week starting on Sept 20, 2013, audiences will be able to travel with Dorothy to the Emerald City on the big screen in 3-D no less. Following at the heels of the ruby-red slippers is a Blu-ray 3-D release for October 1st.
On a side note, I know there are many who enjoy the hit song from the film titled “Over the Rainbow”. The Academy Award winning song with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg has seen many versions over the decades. There are fans who prefer the original movie recording by Judy Garland but there is also over 84 million people who have listened to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s reinterpretation. But when it comes to which Over the Rainbow I enjoy listening to the most, I would have to say Al Bowlly is the top.