Return to Oz 1985

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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.

Starring:
Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Fairuza Balk
Director Walter Murch
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 22 March 2004
Main languages English

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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John P. Galantini on 7 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
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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I brought this cheap. I have good memories of it as a kid. Creepy though.Scared me as a child.

Obviously it can't beat the wizard of Oz, buy it's still enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Thomas on 3 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
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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