Don't get me wrong, I greatly enjoyed this movie/miniseries. I loved how the story was almost completely different from the 1930's movie, and yet the essential framework of the Wizard of Oz was still recognizable in it. It was a lot darker and edgier, and there was a happy lack of singing munchkins (there were munchkins of course, but they weren't, ah, the singing type). The movie itself I rate 4 stars, though being 4.5 hours long it's kind of a lot to take in all in one sitting ^_^.
However, the reason I rated this DVD with 3 stars instead of 4 has to do with the fact that, for some reason, there is no closed captioning or subtitles of any kind. Having a very close relative who is hard-of-hearing, I find this extremely disappointing. She has a very hard time following movies or TV shows that aren't closed captioned, because she can't tell what the characters are saying half the time without them! As most DVD releases these days are closed captioned/subtitled, I found it very surprising that this one wasn't. On the other hand, "The Hogfather", which was distributed by the same company, Genius Entertainment, was not closed captioned/subtitled either. Whether this is the norm for this company I don't know, but I will be very hesitant about purchasing their DVD's again.