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If you loved THE WIZARD OF OZ, you'll love accompanying Dorothy on this second thrilling adventure based on L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books! Dorothy finds herself back in the land of her dreams ... and makes delightful new friends (like Tik Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and the Gump) ... and dangerous new enemies (the creepy Wheelers, the head-hunting Princess Mombi, and the evil Nome King). With every twist in the yellow brick road, you'll find awesome new surprises and special effects that will astound you!
You don't fool with Mother Nature, spit into the wind, remake Casablanca, or trash the land of Oz. Perhaps that is why the 1985 live-action sequel split critics and audiences alike. The 1939 classic musical is so beloved that it's almost impossible to imagine seeing Dorothy in shock therapy, a crumbled yellow brick road, the ruins of Emerald City, and the Tin Man turned into stone. But L. Frank Baum, the author of the original Oz books, portrayed just that with his continuing stories of Dorothy. When you get by these tough facts, the film version is solid entertainment for the over-7 set.
Dorothy (a 10-year-old Fairuza Balk in her debut) is back in Kansas, where Aunt Em (Piper Laurie) is at the end of her rope: her niece is not sleeping and going on about a place called Oz. Therapy may be the answer, but luckily the scary clinic goes dark before Dorothy can be, er, cured (but the lead-up will scare the munchkins out of most kids). She wakes up in the land of Oz, now in tatters, and searches for its king, the Scarecrow. A new set of friends, including a tin soldier, a talking chicken, and a pumpkin man, help her against new villains, including Princess Mombi (Jean Marsh)--complete with a set of detachable heads--and the evil Nome King (Nicol Williamson with a great assist from Will Vinton's Claymation). The sole directorial effort of Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch is stuffed with marvelous effects that foreshadow later works by Tim Burton and the Henson non-Muppet films. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
I remember taking my kids to see this when it came out. n OZ story based more on the books than Judy Garlands OZ. Very good movie for OZ loving adults and any kid.Published 23 months ago by Bootsy Bass
The Disney version with the cartoony cover offers a much-improved 16x9 enhanced transfer over the letterboxed original release from Anchor Bay. The picture is much clearer. Read morePublished on June 15 2013 by Lafe Fredbjornson
I love this movie, but my DVD player, which is fairly new, was not able to play the entire movie. I had to channel it through a computer to see it all. Read morePublished on April 24 2013 by Lesley Renton
I am a little bit more than annoyed
I was going to give this to a very close friend
it was her favourite movie
when she was a child
it brought... Read more
My 5 year old daughter is a big fan of Wizard of Oz, but I had to turn this movie off halfway through. It was too dark and scary, in my opinion. Also, a low budget, B Grade movie.Published on March 14 2013 by Seana
Although a "sequel" to "the Wizard of Oz" with Judy Garland, this is closer to the original written stories. Read morePublished on May 7 2010 by Hale & Hardy