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This is the "B" movie of its day. The bad guys have names like Kruel, Wikked, and Vishuss, while the good guys are lead by Prince Kynd. The DVD has a simplistic musical background, one that might be part of a 1980'd Nintendo sound track. The printed words are read to us. The story is a slightly different version of what we have been used to seeing, but not as bad as Asylum's adaptation of "Moby Dick."

The production borders on camp. When the characters are introduced the actors who play the role are also printed on the screen. The restoration is excellent as the grainy aspect has been removed, although the film remains dark around the borders. The movie also include Frederick Ko Vert, a female impersonator who wears peacock feathers. His appearance frightens the residents of Oz. Prince Kynd laughs at Frederick and says, "That's a lot of applesauce." Applesauce means "nonsense" but is sometimes used as a code word to describe a sexy female. This might pass as "adult humor" in that age. There is also much slap stick humor.

Oliver Hardy is not the fat man in this film. That is Fatty Alexander. Dorothy turns 18 and the farm hands are interested in courting her...reminded me of the SNL skit, Olsen twins turn 18. There is also a black man, Spencer Bell, eating a watermelon in the movie, something that wouldn't be there today. His real name is fictitiously listed as "G. Howe Black." The race jokes don't end there, there are more.

As entertainment for the family the movie would be a sad flop for modern times. However, if you are looking at the history of camp, history of bad senseless films, or history of racial humor in movies, it might be worth a peek. That large young man on the cover is Oliver Hardy. There was much in this film which reminded me of that later classic, "March of the Wooden Soldiers." The main special effect in this film was how they were able to splice film (lion scenes for one) and make it look realistic. Clearly this film proves movie goers smoked pot in else could they watch it?
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on 6 July 2016
Thanks Amazon, I suppose, for making this bizarre curiosity available.

The soundtrack is ultra-modern and features someone actually reading the intertitles, not terribly well.

Within a very few minutes I found myself wondering whether I could endure this. It got a bit better - there were some funny sight gags, some ingenious stunts that looked very dangerous, and it was interesting to see Oliver Hardy - but it was not a lot of fun. It had literally not one bit of the magic of the later film.

I'm half inclined to read the book now, to see whether this version made a mess of it or whether the Garland version turned lead into gold.
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on 29 September 2011
If you do end up reading this far you will have realised that all the other reviews are about a totally different film. This is not THE Wizard of Oz but another film with the same name. It is a silent black and white film made in 1925 - and it doesn't even star Laurel and Hardy (despite what the packaging appears, at first sight, to be saying)! It has Ollie without Stan, as it was still about 3 years before the comic duo would be teamed up
A fascinating rarity though, a chance to see Larry Semon, a famous comedian of the time but now almost totally forgotten (debatably for good reason) and to watch Ollie in action before he made the big time.
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on 31 March 2016
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on 31 May 2013
Not what we expected the film is a silent film and very disappointed about it my son was also disappointed
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on 10 January 2015
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