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Return To Oz [DVD] [1985]

Fairuza Balk , Nicol Williamson , Walter Murch    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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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
  • 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 HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite film! 13 Mar 2004
By tweets
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to your childhood. 20 July 2008
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated film! 9 Jan 2005
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars return to the yellow brick road! 2 Sep 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always valued my lifelessness. 18 Sep 2011
oh my what to say about this film other than it's utter quality and depending on your sensibilities could very well scare the pants off you.

"Not beautiful you understand, but you have a certain prettiness, different from my other heads. I believe I'll lock you in the tower for a few years until your head is ready. And then I'll take it."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17th march 2004. 17 Mar 2004
By kathryn
It was ages ago since i saw this film, but i can remember it quite well. I could never remember the name of it until i saw it in the book. I have just ordered it and as soon as it comes, i will just keep watching it, it's a brill film but may frighten younger ones. It is hardly boring!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is amazing! 3 Mar 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie/bad copy 2 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great movie but the copy of the dvd is very poor as has white bits showing on screen throughout the film, this looks as if been recorded off of a video, the copy that I have recorded off the tv many years ago is a better copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return OZ
this is film I like of Return OZ fun to watch and maked me very happy to get this DVD thank you.
Published 1 month ago by jamesbrewerton
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta buy
Classic film remember watching in my child hood but for my kids to now watch on dvd fantastic they love it
Published 1 month ago by nicole andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Love the wizard of oz, the classic one, great movie, this one is excellent also, fantasy type film, go for it
Published 2 months ago by Emma Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the original but surprisingly good
The first one is such a classic but this ain't too bad. It's a nice Sunday afternoon watch. Good buy.
Published 2 months ago by Midville
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most underrated children's film of all time!
To review 'Return to Oz' fairly you need to push the much loved 1939 classic musical film version of 'The Wizard of Oz' out of your mind. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. A. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything perfect
Everything perfect!!happy with my dvd!!!my son will love it!!got really fast and in perfect conditions!! Thnk you very much,Irene Obeso
Published 4 months ago by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
my three year old daughter really wanted this and couldnt find it in any shop came on here and found it at such a low price would deffo reccomend to any peppa pig fans
Published 6 months ago by debz198
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "OZ" film by far
Return to Oz is classic! I know I will probably offend the universe when I say that I think "The Wizard Of Oz" is pants, and although this is not an exact sequel, it is such a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tony Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
great dvd, made me feel like a child again. quite scary for younger children, would definatly watch it before letting your kids watch it. would recommend to others.
Published 7 months ago by Victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars So much scarier that the wizard of oz
Product arrived promptly great quality and the film is nostalgic watch. Love the palace full of different heads. It's great
Published 7 months ago by Susan Moss
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