Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 CC

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Fantasy adventure directed by Sam Raimi. Acting as a prequel to the much-loved classic 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939), the film explores how the titular hero, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a largely unsuccessful circus magician in Kansas, may have found his way to the Land of Oz and his early days in the magical realm. Seeing his new home as a world of opportunity, Oz firmly believes his luck has changed for the better when he is introduced to three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who suggest that he is destined for greatness beyond his imagination. However, before Oscar can realise his true potential, he must journey through Oz and come face-to-face with the problems that haunt the fantastic land.

Starring:
Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
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Starring Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Zach Braff, Joey King, Rachel Weisz
Director Sam Raimi
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 1 July 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Estonian, Russian, lithuanian, latvian, Greek, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Starring Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Zach Braff, Joey King, Rachel Weisz
Director Sam Raimi
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 1 July 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Estonian, Russian, lithuanian, latvian, Greek, English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jakeisthecoolest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: DVD
I'd like to start by saying this is the first film I've watched on DVD and been annoyed I didn't bother seeing it in 3D at the cinema.
Visually it is stunning and you can see how the 3D aspects were built into the story not just tacked on. Unlike other visual show pieces, like the god-awful Avatar, this does have some charm beyond its looks.
Story wise the film is in a difficult place as it tries to find a place in the vast landscape of the Oz cannon, from Frank Baum's original novels to the 1939 film classic, from the recent Gregory McGuire books to the stage musical of said books. The problem is that we have too many per-conceived ideas of what should happen in the story, and while it does well to tie all the threads together satisfactorily, it means it fails to spread its own monkey wings and fly.
Still a great film but maybe not the classic it could of been.
Decent extras.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A few decades back now, Disney tried a new Oz movie, in the shape of Return To Oz [DVD] [1985]. Now they've brought in Director Sam Raimi to have a go at a prequel.

The story of this movie takes place before the Wizard of Oz. It's all about the Wizard himself. And how he came to be there.

Therefore fans of the Frank L. Baum books will not find much they'd recognise from those in here, aside from the setting and certain characters, since this is an all new story that tries it's best to fit the style of the world Frank L. Baum created. If you're a literary purist then whether or not this succeeds at doing that will be a matter of individual opinion.

The Wizard is actually Oscar Diggs [James Franco]. When we meet him it's in America in 1905, and he's a small time carnival magician, with somewhat dubious ethics and dreams of making it big.

Like the original Wizard of Oz movie, this has all the scenes in our world filmed in black and white. It also adopts a few of the technical tricks and styles of much older cinema in these moments. Which is a very nice touch.

James Franco does manage to carry the film very well and makes for a decent lead right from the off.

Fate conspires to bring him to Oz. Which is where it goes into colour and more modern cinema styles. Making the acquaintance of two witches [Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz] and a flying monkey, he finds that everyone is expecting the arrival of a great wizard. And that Oz is a land with problems.

Setting out to deal with these, he picks up another travelling companion along the way. But who can he trust?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Moreland VINE VOICE on 5 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having missed this at the cinema I was looking forward to getting the 3D DVD. After weeks of waiting for the price to drop I finally made my purchase, and was glad I did!

The film, a prequel to 'The wizard of Oz', tells of the magician (played magnificently by James Franco) and his journey to Oz and how he came to be the wizard. It is a great tale and fun for everyone, although as a PG may be too scary for the little ones. The effects and top notch as is the acting and the 3D if terrific!

There are tons of special features and also comes with standard Bluray disc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Ion on 3 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film. As a general rule, prequels can be quite tricky to make, with the outcome effectively already being known from the previous work, but this ties in quite well with it. The way the Wizard appears in a cloud of smoke towards the end is just how he appeared to Dorothy and her friends in the old film, while him presenting gifts to his friends at the end also provides an excellent cross-reference to the items he gave to Dorothy's companions.

If I have one criticism of The Wizard of Oz, it's that the scenery looks very artificial due to it having been filmed indoors with physical sets, given the limited technology of the time. However, thanks to modern advances and CGI, the landscape in this film is much more convincing whilst still looking like a fantasy world. (Return To Oz looked more realistic, but probably a bit too so in that it didn't look much like a make-believe land). The Emerald City in particular looks much more like a proper city than in the old film and the effects really are amazing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An excellent prequel that sets up the Wizard of Oz. A genuine story in its own right, this plot is good and well acted. I cannot imagine why you wouldn't enjoy watching this, especially if you like the original. This isn't a musical though(!)
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 10 April 2013
Format: DVD
I unapologetically loved this film! I've never been a friend of Dorothy, however the sheer spectacle, joyous performances, and sense of fun that exude from Sam Raimi's latest offering must surely be appreciated by all but the most cynical viewer. James Franco's leering con artist is transformed into an honest man through his bizarre experiences in the magical Land of Oz, after being whisked there by a freak tornado. Mila Kunis has to be the sexiest witch ever committed to celluloid - for the first part of the film anyhow, and Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams are both perfectly cast as her fellow enchantresses. Add in Zach Braff's lachrymose flying monkey, a sentient china doll, and a host of nefarious Emerald City guardians, and you have a movie that warms the heart through and through, whilst also having plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour to lessen the inherent cheesiness of the script; great stuff!
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