Warner Bros., Fathom Events Bringing ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Back to the Big Screen in June

In honor of Judy Garland’s 100th birthday this June, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are bringing her memorable performance in The Wizard of Oz back to theaters for a two-day engagement.

The film will play in more than 800 theatres nationwide on Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network on June 5 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time and on June 6 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. In addition to the full feature film, moviegoers will be able to enjoy a rarely seen extended musical number. In the scene, Ray Bolger (Scarecrow) performs a dance routine that was cut from the original movie.

Tickets for “The Wizard of Oz: Judy Garland 100 Years Over the Rainbow” are available online at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Aug. 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed ‘Gone With the Wind’), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

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The movie’s Dorothy character was portrayed by 16-year-old Garland, who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Other notable cast members included Bert Lahr as the Cowardly lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the mighty “Wizard of Oz” himself.

The movie received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars — Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score — plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and proved its ability to continually captivate audiences when MGM Studios reissued the film in 1949 and 1955.

‘Casablanca’ Returning to Theaters for Special 80th Anniversary Screenings

Casablanca, considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, is marking its 8oth anniversary with two special theatrical screenings, Jan. 23 and Jan. 26, presented by Fathom Events and WarnerMedia’s Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

The 1942 romantic drama, filmed and set during WWII, stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Casablanca was one of the first films chosen by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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This special anniversary screening includes exclusive pre- and post-film commentary, presented by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz.

Tickets for the Casablanca 80th Anniversary can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.

Stallone’s ‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut Coming to Theaters and VOD in November

MGM is bringing Sylvester Stallone’s new director’s cut of the 1985 boxing movie Rocky IV to theaters for one night only Nov. 11.

Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago — The Ultimate Director’s Cut includes 40 minutes of additional footage and is being screened in select theaters for one showing through Fathom Events. Screenings will include an introduction by Stallone, a look at the making of the new cut, and a live Q&A broadcast.

The new director’s cut will be available on demand beginning Nov. 12.

The film features Stallone, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, returning to the role of underdog boxing champ Rocky Balboa, this time squaring off against Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in a battle of East vs. West.

The cast also includes Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Michael Pataki, Robert Doornick, Stu Nahan, Talia Shire and Tony Burton.

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‘Scream’ Coming to 4K Blu-ray for 25th Anniversary

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1996 slasher film Scream for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19 to mark its 25th anniversary. A 4K Steelbook edition and a newly remastered Blu-ray also will be available. The discs will include access to a digital copy of the film.

Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, Scream deconstructs the horror genre by paying homage to the conventions of slasher films while upending them with clever twists and witty dialogue.

After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) becomes the target of a masked killer. As the body count rises, Sidney and her friends turn to the “rules” of horror films to help navigate the real-life terror they’re living in. The film also stars Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan and Drew Barrymore.

The new Scream 4K and Blu-ray releases will include the new retrospective featurette A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later, a look back at the film and Craven, featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews with Campbell, Cox and Arquette, as well as Williamson and the directors and other cast members from the new installment in the franchise scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2022.

Other extras include commentary by Craven and Williamson, a production featurette, behind-the-scenes featurettes “On the Scream Set” and “Drew Barrymore,” and a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers focused on the questions “What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?” and “Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?”

In addition, Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures are re-releasing Scream in select cinemas Oct. 10-11.

Original ‘Karate Kid’ on 4K Blu-ray After Theatrical Re-release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 1984’s The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary.

The Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, a teenager who trains with a martial arts master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in order to defeat a gang of bullies at a local karate tournament. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The film spawned three sequels, a remake and the sequel series “Cobra Kai,” which returns for a second season this spring on YouTube Premium. “Cobra Kai” stars Zabka, reprising his role as the bully Johnny from the original film, and Macchio, reprising his role as Daniel.

The 4K UHD disc in the combo pack will include the new retrospective featurette “Remembering The Karate Kid,” featuring new interviews with  Macchio, Zabka and Kove.

The combo pack will also include previously released bonus material such as a trivia track, audio commentary and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As part of the film’s 35th anniversary promotions, Fathom Events will screen The Karate Kid in theaters nationwide March 31 and April 2. The screenings will include a preview of season two of “Cobra Kai.” Tickets for the two-day-only Fathom screenings will be available beginning Feb. 15 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative, the UHD Blu-ray includes a newly mixed Dolby Atmos audio track as well as the original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes.

Cinedigm Partners with Fathom Events for One-Night ‘The Final Wish’ Theatrical Screening

Cinedigm Dec. 13 announced it will screen horror movie, The Final Wish,  for one-night only on Jan. 24, 2019, in about 500 select theaters nationwide.

The special screening is being distributed through Fathom Events, and will include a special introduction by the film’s co-star Lin Shaye (Insidious, The Grudge) along with a pre-taped Q&A session from Screamfest Horror Film Festival with actors Shaye, Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) and Melissa Bolona (The Hurricane Heist), director Timothy Woodward Jr. (Hickok, Gangster Land) and Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick.

Cinedigm acquired North American distribution rights, including digital and packaged media, to the movie last October for an undisclosed amount.

Tickets for the screening can be purchased, beginning Dec. 14, at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

“Fathom’s theatrical model has redefined the movie going experience allowing moviegoers to enjoy a Q&A after the credits with cast and crew to learn more about the film and how it all came together,” Bill Perrault, SVP marketing and brand management at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Final Wish follows Aaron (Welch), a consummate under-achiever, who returns home to his devastated mother (Shaye) following the passing of his father. Among his father’s antiques he comes across an urn hiding a dark secret. As his every wish begins coming true, Aaron starts to believe there is something sinister behind his good fortune and the price of his desire might just be his soul.

“There are so many horror stories that have ingrained themselves into the psyche of society,” said Woodward Jr. “For me growing up Final Destination was one of those stories and to work with the creator of those films so closely was a dream come true. The cast members also fully committed to their characters, which helped us tell a story we hope is both fresh and frightening.”

FYE Chain Bows Exclusive Collector’s Edition of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ for Film’s 50th

Trans World Entertainment-owned retail chain FYE, for your entertainment, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead with an exclusive collector’s edition.

The set features the “Criterion Collection” two-disc Blu-ray featuring the original premiere version of the film, restored and remastered in 4K Ultra HD from the original camera negative and supervised by Romero with the support of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Foundation. It includes new and archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the original cast and creators.

The collection also features a limited edition, 250-page graphic novel based on the film with covers by Stephen R. Bissette, art by Richard Bonk, and exclusive photos and interviews with the original 1968 cast and filmmakers.

Also included are the original eight 1968 lobby cards from the release of the film, remastered with gold foil lettering, specially re-designed to celebrate the anniversary. Also, the chain has randomly inserted 250 of the boxes with an additional lobby card autographed by Johnny of “They’re coming to get you, Barbra” fame, played by actor Russell Streiner.

There is also an exclusive poster of the character Karen Cooper, played by Kyra Schon, and a special edition commemorative ticket specially designed with gold foil to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.

Collectors can pick up a copy on FYE.com or at any FYE location.

The newly restored and remastered version of Night of the Living Dead is returning to movie theaters nationwide Oct. 24-25 presented by Fathom Events, Image Ten and Living Dead Media, in association with Janus Films and the “Criterion Collection.”

Shout!, Hasbro, Fathom Holding Animated ‘Transformers’ Movie Screening Sept. 27

The 1986 animated cult-classic The Transformers: The Movie is returning to theaters nationwide for a special one-night Fathom Events engagement Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. local time.

The special event is a collaboration between Fathom, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, which restored the film for a Blu-ray release in 2016.

The Transformers: The Movie was a spinoff of the 1980s animated series based on the Hasbro toys, and featured the voices of Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Welles. The film earned $5.8 million during its initial theatrical run in 1986.

The screening will also provide moviegoers with a sneak peek behind the scenes of the upcoming Bumblebee live-action film, a prequel to the Michael Bay live-action “Transformers” movies. Bumblebee is due in theaters Dec. 21.

The Fathom event will also include a new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush, including recent performances of the songs “The Touch” and “Dare,” which feature prominently in the 1986 film.

A list of the 500 participating theaters is available at Fathomevents.com. Tickets will go on sale starting Aug. 3 online or through participating theater box offices.