Return to OzDirector: Walter Murch
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Get ready for a strange voyage back to a strangely familiar fantasy land with Disney DVD's release of this belated sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is clean and nearly flawless. Sporting solid blacks, even skin tones, and little evidence of edge-enhancement, this disc will look great no matter how it's viewed. The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix rings through loud and clear, with no hiss to speak of, offering a great showcase for David Shire's wondrous score. Of course, Return to Oz wasn't exactly a box-office phenomenon when originally released in 1985, but that hasn't stopped Disney from including some interesting extra features. It's great to hear Fairuza Balk recollect her first major role in a candid and easygoing interview, and it's obvious that everyone involved in the production truly believed in the film. In addition to addressing issues of stratospheric audience expectations, Balk also talks about her longtime relationship with director Walter Murch and the grueling audition process she endured to land the coveted role of Dorothy. Though original TV spots and a theatrical trailer are also included, the television spots are in particularly poor shape and appear almost completely desaturated in addition to sporting onscreen timecode.
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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|
1. Opening Credits/A Shooting Star [9:19]
2. Electrical Marvel [9:54]
3. "Run, Dorothy, Run!" [9:23]
4. The Yellow Brick Road [11:59]
5. Princess Mombi [5:41]
6. Jack Pumpkinhead [5:54]
7. Powder of Life [2:01]
8. Crash Landing [10:22]
9. Three Chances [6:11]
10. Scarecrow [1:43]
11. Emerald City [11:49]
12. End Credits [1:58]
Fairuza Balk Interview
TV Spots: Close Your Eyes
TV Spots: Remember Dorothy
TV Spots: Ever Seen a Gump?
TV Spots: Now Fly Away
Original Theatrical Trailer
English for the Hearing Impaired
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The Ozzyest movie ever! So many people misunderstand the movie "Return to Oz," including Andrea LeVasseur, the reviewer here. Far from intending to take kids to the dark side, as she asserts, the movie is all about dispelling darkness, in this case the pall cast over the Land of Oz by the Nome King and Princess Mombi. (Le Vasseur also mistakenly identifies L. Frank Baum as the illustrator of the Oz books; he was the author, while John R. Neill illustrated the majority of the Oz books, following W.W. Denslow, who provided the pictures for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.") In truth, to people who have actually read the Oz books, "Return to Oz" adheres to the style and tone of the books perhaps more so than any other cinematic offering. Again, it isn't a matter of the stories themselves being "dark," but often someone with dark intentions needs to be opposed and either defeated or reformed by the heroes, who restore light and happiness. That's what happens here, when Dorothy Gale, aided by Billina the Yellow Hen, Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-Tok the Clockwork Man, the Gump, and eventually the Scarecrow, finally breaks the Nome King's evil hold on her beloved home away from home and the Emerald City is restored to a glory that MGM would never have been able to accomplish in 1939. As for the frightening parts of the movie, people have reacted to Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West with fright for decades and been none the worse for it. Those who think RtO is unsuitable for children ought to properly read Baum's original "Wonderful Wizard." Speaking of MGM, the only mistake made in "Return to Oz" (in my view) was the inclusion of the ruby slippers, for which Disney had to pay for the copyright. It would have been better to stick to the silver shoes from the book and let RtO be its own animal entirely. But that aside, it is a wonderful film, seamlessly blending elements of the second and third of Baum's books about Oz and sporting a marvelous cast, headed by little Fairuza Balk, whose sparkling performance and amazing empathy with the other characters (most of whom are brought to life through animatronics) hold the movie together. It remains, I think, the best work that Balk has ever done.
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!
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!!
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?
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.