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Return to Oz [DVD] [1985]


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  • Actors: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Matt Clark
  • Directors: Walter Murch
  • Writers: Walter Murch, Gill Dennis, L. Frank Baum
  • Producers: Colin Michael Kitchens, Gary Kurtz, Paul Maslansky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,220 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dorothy finds herself back in the Land of Oz where she meets new friends like Tik Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead as well as new enemies.

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Return to Oz is a 1985 live-action sequel that split critics and audiences alike: you don't fool with Mother Nature, spit into the wind, remake Casablanca, or trash the land of Oz. 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-seven 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 marvellous effects that foreshadow later works by Tim Burton and the Henson non-Muppet films. --Doug Thomas


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
i fell in love with this film when i saw it as a child and still adore it today. it's much darker than the original oz film and has some fantastic characters - mombi with her collection of heads being one of the best!
another aspect of the film that makes it so special is the way that the two worlds portrayed are parallels of each other; it's not just a childish disney film.
i advise anyone who hasn't seen this to get a copy!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2005
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Such a good childrens film- a truely underated classic and, if you have actually read the Oz books (there were 14 of them) you realise that this film matches the orignal vision of L Frank Baum far more than the 1939 version of the Wizard of Oz which deviated quite wildly from the original book. Scary and fun in all the right places it is an excellent family film. I actually prefer it to the 1939 film!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ''Rebel Flower'' on 20 July 2008
Format: DVD
Based on two books in L. Frank Baum's OZ series, Return to Oz is a truly underated film, that is unfortuantly often overlooked by fans of the 1939 Judy Garland film.

The story takes place in the year 1899, unlike the first adventure which apparantly took place in 1938, and once again finds Dorothy on her Kansas farm, unable to sleep. It has been 6 months since she returned from Oz, and now her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are considering sending her to a mental institution.

Familiar characters from the 1939 film reappear as well as a group of new friends who accompany Dorothy through the new Oz. The look and atmosphere of this movie is very different from the original, and some young children could find some parts of the film quite scary. An example of this is the Wheelers, strange creatures with wheels for hands and feet that chase Dorothy around screaming madly.

Judge the film by itself, instead of making too many comparisons to the masterpiece of the first Oz, and the film is very enjoyable.

The dvd contains no special features, only an interactive menu and english subtitles.
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Honestly I was a little disappointed with this film. The acting was pretty terrible but not in a hilarious way that adds to the film and the storyline was very strange and not well put together. You don't connect with any of the characters.
I love the live action Alice in Wonderland from 1999 which is also very surreal but it does it in a much more entertaining and well put together way. This seemed to jump from one thing to another.

It was an entertaining film but I was expecting a better storyline and for it to be a little more dystopian. It would be great for a 10 year old girl I think. I'm 20 but just a big lover of Wizard of Oz and surreal kids films so thought I'd give it a try since it has such great reviews.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John P. Galantini on 7 Mar 2006
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Don't be fooled by it's colourful artwork. This film is extremely dark and in many places, very frightening. Dorothy is sent to a hospital, where doctors use harmful electric techinques, to rid children of dreams. Dotothy manages to escape the very gothic hospital during a storm, and awakes in the land of oz. After exploring her surroundings, she finds that the place has been trashed and the emerald city is no more than crumbling ruins. This is the part where parents should intervene, becuase the characters she encounters next are terrifying. The Wheelers are men with wheels for hands and feet. There arms are as long as legs and they race around on all fours, chasing dorothy to dead ends. If the children are brave enough to continue watching, dorothy then meets princess mombie, who is a sort of witch, she has a hall of heads in cabinents and can freely change her head for another one whenever she pleases. In a later scene where dorothy creeps into the corridor, the heads all wake up and begin groaning and wailing her name, alerting the headless princess to the intruder. This again is very frightening. If you saw the film as a child like i did, you too probably had repeated nightmares about the wheelers. Don't let your children suffer this too.
Watch this film with them. They will enjoy it, but there are a few scenes that are far too scary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Crabtree on 2 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
When I bought this dvd, I was pessimistic, mainly because the last time I saw it was when I was little, and my memory of it was quite fuzzy. After seeing it, the child spirit has awakened in me again!
My little sisters watched this with me when I first turned it on, and they are now hooked to it. The sound and picture quality are perfect, and i recommend this to any oz fan!
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Loved this film when it first came out, still love it, funny enough I wasn't too keen on the original despite Judy Garland's sterling performance but this more than makes up for it. Good film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Thomas on 3 Mar 2004
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I must say when I first watched this as a child it really scared me and it's not until now that I can fully appreciate the great things this film has to offer. If you liked The Wizard of Oz this may not be your cup of tea. It sees Dorothy in shock therapy facing the propect of loosing her head to queen mombi! A great film though if your intrigued, buy it it's really worth the money!
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