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Witches of Oz - Christmas Version [DVD]

Sean Astin , Billy Boyd , Leigh Scott    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Lloyd
  • Directors: Leigh Scott
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: OMG!
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTLY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A modern updating of the classic children's tale. Successful children's book author Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) decides to exchange the rural charms of Kansas for the bright lights and bustle of New York. But on arrival in the 'Big Apple', Dorothy soon discovers that the world created in her books actually exists, and that the characters and events stem from suppressed memories she experienced in her own childhood. Now, with the people of Oz standing at her side, Dorothy must defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and stop her plans to take over the world.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun 18 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
I have to admit, I'm a total sucker for adult remakes of classic fairy tales, Alice, Tinman, The Tenth Kingdom,I've seen them all & this one did not disappoint ! Good production values & seeing Boyd & Astin together again was an added bonus. (pity they didn't get Wood & Monaghan, as well ;)
If you want something fun, fresh & cute that you can actually feel safe watching with the kids, I can safely recommend this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good gift 1 Mar 2012
By G. Watt
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
purchased as a gift for an adult daughter who raved about it so much after she got it that I decided to watch it. I found the show very different to the OZ series altogether and enjoyed the experience. I found the witches to be very entertaining and a great excape for a time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All the witches 22 Feb 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I had high hopes for this miniseries, After all, "Tin Man" is one of my favorite miniseries ever, and this one stars Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Jeffrey Combs and Christopher Lloyd.

Sadly, "The Witches of Oz" is a massive misfire right from the beginning -- it tries to be both an epic, intense adventure story and a kid-friendly all-you-need-is-love fairy tale at the same time. Lloyd, Boyd and a handful of other actors do what little they can to salvage the story, but the hammy acting, bad CGI and slapworthy ending make it impossible.

Budding writer Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) is stunned when prominent agent Billie Westbrook (Eliza Swenson) develops an interest in the Oz books she's been writing with her friend Allen (Ari Zagaris). Dorothy and Allen move to New York City, unaware that the Wicked Witch of the West and her head-swapping minion Princess Langwidere (Mia Sara) are plotting against her.

Specifically, they want a key to a magic book which Dorothy had when she returned from Oz many years ago. But Dorothy has forgotten about her time in Oz, so she can't remember where she put the key. Along with Allen, her new buddy Bryan (Barry J. Ratcliffe) and love interest Nick (Boyd), she must find the key before the Witch has a chance to take over all worlds.

"The Witches of Oz" is a schizophrenic mess of a story. It wants to be a big, dark save-the-world story, but it also wants to be a kiddie-friendly family film. Even worse, it seems to have been made up as it went -- foreshadowing comes to naught (Nick's identity), important items go unmentioned until they're needed, and random characters pop out of the woodwork without warning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 31 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wouldn't recommend this to anyone! In fact didn't continue watching after a very short time. Poor story poor acting too!
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2.0 out of 5 stars DOROTHY IS SPECIAL 31 July 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
One of the fun facts they used was that they changed the slippers back to the original sliver slippers in the book, while retaining the ruby slippers in the film. The movie is confused and disjointed. Eventually all the major plot holes are filled in, leaving just plot continuity problems common to most kid films. The part I enjoyed most of this kid's film was when Dorothy tries to pick up Billy Boyd at a bar and when Billie Westbrook (Eliza Swenson) gropes Dorothy (Paulie Rojas) in an attempt to give her more up top. Noel Thurman plays Glinda the good witch of the north who is dressed up like Brumhilda.

Dorothy writes books based on her suppressed memories. The whole plot centers around a magic book that contains a magic word that can only be opened by a magic key which Dorothy stole and hid but can't remember. The bad witches want it back. This we get in the opening of the film which tells a long drawn out story of good vs. evil similar to Lord of the Rings background. The character of Dorothy was a bit sickening as was the dorky Allen (Ari Zagaris) who appears to have been a poorly developed scarecrow.

The best characters were gnomes played by Sean Astin and Ethan Embry. The spoke in limericks. Christopher Lloyd attempted to bring life to the role of the Wizard with his Madhatter garb, but couldn't do so for the lack of decent lines. There is also a good amount of violence and some killing in this kid's film too. I am not sure who the target audience is supposed to be.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's difficult to say anything positive about this made for TV film.

Things go wrong right from the get go - the acting is terrible as are the special effects and make-up effects. Added to this is the fact the film is so badly made - most if not all of the dark scenes are so badly lit there's little to no detail in the dark areas leaving the picture little more than a muddy mess - whoever lit this film really needs to go back to college.

The shocking part is that a handful of credible actors took part in this - notably Christopher Lloyd and Lance Henriksen; granted they are not in it all that much but this mess has added nothing to their CV that's for sure (and that's despite them obviously trying very hard to make their weak lines work in some way)

The DVD is presented in two parts with a total run time approaching three hours. Believe me you will FEEL every second dragging by. To add insult to injury you have to endure terrible dialogue such as the scarecrow character uttering "I always knew I was different but I thought I might just be gay". Are you kidding me? The rest of the dialogue and it's delivery is almost as bad.

The climactic battle at the end of the film is so drawn out it completely loses any sense of, well anything to be honest as it meanders between horribly acted fight scenes (with terrible sfx) interspersed with yet more proclamations of how the wicked witch will be the ruler of the world. I mean, this stuff is embarrassing to watch it's so bad.

It says a lot when the only tag line on the DVD cover is a generic statement by the makers (Syfy channel) "Fun, action packed, family friendly fantasy adventure". It's not fun, the action is terrible and as for family friendly - no, just no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different but love it
Great film
Published 7 days ago by clara collins
5.0 out of 5 stars recomended
excellent quality
Published 9 days ago by mrs j danks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
Have just recently watched this on Syfy HD Channel on Sky over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it , cant understand the negative comments made , and would love to be able to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MacSheff
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witches of Oz
There's plenty of action and references from the Wizard of OZ and Return to Oz and the role of Dorothy is well cast. Great for kids upto the age of 15. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Claire
1.0 out of 5 stars It made me want to jump off a tall building
I tried to watch this when it was shown on television but turned over after less than 20 mins. The acting is bad, but what made it so unbearable was the truly mind bending suicide... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Da Vall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good classic tale with twist. All my family enjoyed this so much, and cant wait for the next second film to come out to finish the story. over all very good value dvd
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by M. Stanford
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Really Bad....
I was so looking forward to watching this mini-series, had not read any of these reviews so wasn't prepared for how truly bad it is. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Georgia
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