Return to OzDirector: Walter Murch, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Fairuza Balk
This '80s follow-up to The Wizard of Oz is based upon two of L. Frank Baum's later Oz books. In Return to Oz (a version that may be a bit too scary for young children), Auntie Em sends Dorothy to a sanitarium where hopefully she will clear her head from all of the "Oz nonsense." This doesn't work, for soon Dorothy manages to return to Oz, but things have definitely changed. She finds her old friends turned to stone and discovers that the awful Nome King has taken over Oz.
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- Starz / Anchor Bay
Cast & Crew
|Nicol Williamson||Dr. Worley/Nome King|
|Jean Marsh||Nurse WilsonIPrincess Mombi|
|Fairuza Balk||Dorothy Gale|
|Piper Laurie||Aunt Em|
|Matt Clark||Uncle Henry|
|Sean Barrett||Tik Tok's Voice|
|Denise Bryer||Billing's Voice|
|Brian Henson||Jack Pumpkinhead|
|Stewart Larange||Jack Pumpkinhead|
|Sophie Ward||Mombi II|
|Fiona Victory||Mombi III|
|Pons Maar||Policeman,Nome Messenger|
|Cheryl Brown||Dorothy's double|
|Susan Dacre||Supporting puppeteer|
|Tansy the Dog||Toto|
|Geoff Felix||Supporting puppeteer|
|David Greenaway||Supporting puppeteer|
|Swee Lim||Supporting puppeteer|
|Alison Lynn||Dorothy's double|
|Nicola Roche||Dorothy's double|
|Deep Roy||Tin Man|
|Michel Sundin||Tik Tok|
|Sarah White||Dorothy's double|
|Charles Bishop||Art Director|
|Michael Ford||Set Decoration/Design|
|Raymond Hughes||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gary Kurtz||Executive Producer|
|Norman Reynolds||Production Designer|
|David Shire||Score Composer|
|Ian Wingrove||Special Effects|
|L. Frank Baum||Source Author|
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This was my ultimate film as a child and i have spent years searching for it in the uk, and im still to find a dvd that will play here. Why r we ignored?
When I first started searching for this movie I could not even remember the title. I think that this is one of those movies that stays with you though... I could remember parts from the movie. Like the witch removing her head and replacing it with one of the others that she has in glass cabinets. It truly is a classic. I love the way this movie was made. The animatronics are great. I like the digital stuff but it goes to show that even back then the movies were just as entertaining. When I ordered this movie I thought it was going to take a long time for it to get to me. I was trilled when I got home the day that it said that I was to receive it and saw it in my mail box. I couldn't wait to open it. I truly recommend this movie to all!!
As a fan of the 1939 Wizard of Oz Movie that starred Judy Garland I saw Return to Oz in a movie theater back in the mid 80's and I like it. I have never read the L. Frank Baum books but from what I have heard this movie is actually closer to his books. Yes, Return to Oz is a weird movie but I like weird movies So I enjoyed watching it!
Though this sequel to the 1939 musical is not as widely appreciated as the latter, it is still a must see for Oz fans. Fairuza Balk is darling as Dorothy and the blend of the 2nd and 3rd Oz books works very well. The characters are fun, the story is interesting, and the effects are cool.
I purchased Return to Oz recently because I remembered it as a childhood favorite. I had remembered this movie to be much scarier, but it is not frightening at all. The description claims that it picks up right where The Wizard of Oz left off. This is not so, many of the characters are different and the style of the movie is very unlike the first Wizard of Oz. This doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The characters are wonderful, and I think this is a great movie for younger generations, as well as an 80s classic for those of us old enough to recognize that distinct era's style.
I thought it kept with the basic Wizard of Oz and my attention. It was very creative and enjoyful! The new characters were a total surprise and very inventive.
This movie was mistakenly designed with scary images and horrid scenes. It did not present scenes suitable for young children (grandchildren 2 and 4). it tries to gain attention by techniques to make the viewer afraid. It is complete flop as a movie for young children. We turned it off 1/4 of the way through.