Return To Oz (Bilingual)
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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!|Disney first considered the project as far back as 1954 when he purchased the rights to the L. Frank Baum books. The stories were being considered for a "Disneyland" TV show series, but Disney soon realized it was too ambitious of a project for television and started making plans for a musical film.|The studio first attempted to make the film in the '50s, but frustration with the scripts and designs led Disney to shelve the project in 1958.
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
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Of course, that depends on your expectations of this trip to Oz. Although there are no sugary sweet characters bouncing about singing and dancing, there is an abundance of subtle beauty in the ways of costume and set design. Instead of the cutesy munchkins and radiant Glinda, there are the horrible Wheelers and the pretty-yet-terrifying Princess Mombi. Additionally, there are some scenes (i.e. the Hall of Heads, the Deadly Desert, the Nome King Showdown, etc.) that may frighten young children (it scared me, but I love the movie nonetheless). The point is, like many movies, you'll enjoy "Return to Oz" if you go in open-minded and ready for anything. :)
This movie and the 1939 musical classic were produced by two different companies, with different budgets, different set managers, different actors, different screenwriters, and different directors. It just so happens that "The Wizard of Oz" was an enormous hit during the "Golden Age" of movies (esp. musicals) and has remained a family favorite ever since. Any follow up to such a successful movie is going to be criticized unless it is even better than the "original." A large number of fans enjoy "Return to Oz" so much because it parallels L. Frank Baum's original stories closer than the Judy Garland adaptation.
Please don't get me wrong--I adore each and every aspect of "The Wizard." I just like "Return to Oz" as well and feel it is worthy of a second glance/chance. Try it and see for yourself. I'm sure there will be something about it that you will never forget! :)
The distinction between the grey real world is well evoked (although admitedly this distinction was better in the original movie). Oz is a sparkling land of wonder whilst home is boring and overcast. Dorothy (a superb debut from 'The Craft' actress Fairuza Balk) finds Oz after a nightmarish experience at a clinic where she's to receive some kind of electric therapy. This theme of nightmare and dreams is constant, with plenty of eerie figures that will probably scare younger children. Whilst the first movie was a lot more sweet-natured, this is more grim. The 'wheelers' and even the good guys such as the talking chicken, are perturbing to say the least. However, Mombi the witch is what people will really remember. Missing a head, she keeps the heads of all of the beautiful maidens of the land locked up in a long corridor so that she can switch whenever she feels like it. Indeed, a corrupted Oz with a crumbling yellow brick road and a delapidated emerald city couldn't be further removed from the original and give a worrying air of anticipation that is rare in a children's film.
The final scene involving a rescue attempt of the Scarecrow are also brilliant, with some truly impressive special effects as well as a touching scene between Dorothy and new-found friend Tick-Tock, a robot. It's a shame that this wasn't a bigger success at the box office, as its ending involving Dorothy looking at her reflection to find the princess of Oz and then finding that it's vanished, provoke a dreamy quality which marks the escapism that people require from the mundane, workaday world.
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If you haven't seen this movie, and like "The Wizard of Oz"... just buy it. Read more
This is such a cute kids' movie. As a child, I always wondered what happened to Dorothy after she returned to Kansas from Oz. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M SaRich
I bought this movie, because it was a favorite of mine as a child. I was u sure if I would like it just as much now, but I do. Really good movie!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on Sept. 29 2013 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
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