Return to Oz

Return to Oz

DVD - 2004
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Dorothy, back in Kansas, can't stop thinking about Oz. She believes that her friends have sent her a key. Auntie Em, worried for Dorothy's health, takes her to a famous doctor who works miracles with electricity. Dorothy escapes from the mental hospital. When she awakes, she and a chicken named Billina find themselves in Oz. Dorothy tries to find her old friends in the Emerald City, but learns that they have all been transformed by the Nome King. And the evil witch Mombie wants Dorothy's head. It's up to Dorothy, Billina, and their new friends, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and a Gump-thing to defeat Mombie and the Nome King and restore the rightful ruler of Oz to her throne.


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This is not Judy Garland’s Oz. A little stranger and a great deal more menacing, Return to Oz is still populated by lovable, wholesome, and inventive characters, but there’s no singing, technicolor bricks, or easily defeated witches. It’s an eerie, gorgeous, impossible, steampunk dream made in a ... Read More »

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Apr 29, 2017

The first one was done in '33 with Judy Garland and a musical so of coarse it's much beloved. This one is good just to much left out cause they put two books together to make one movie. If Hollywood was thinking they could have done 14 movies. There would have been a large following for all of them. It would have had people from all generations.

Jan 17, 2016

I love this movie now, but 20 years ago when I first saw it, the detachable heads gave me nightmares for a month straight.

Mar 02, 2015

It's too bad that this movie gets dumped into the "sequel" category. It's not. It is an adaptation of 2 of the other novels in the Oz series. Yes, there are more books than just "The Wizard of Oz" (which is quite different than the movie to begin with). I feel it's probably because of the poor choice of title. "Return" makes people think it will be another light, fun, musical romp. It's not. It's serious, thoughtful, imaginative, and shows why the books beyond "Wizard" are still highly thought of and in print today.

Dec 23, 2014

I doubt many fans of "The Wizard of Oz" know that author L. Frank Baum wrote 14 books about Oz. And they get weird. Based on two of them, "Return to Oz" is not so much a sequel to the classic, beloved film, as another version of Dorothy's adventures in Oz. Released by Disney, it is, as many others pointed out, a pretty dark and strange children's film, and it was not a success, although it's become something of a cult film. The 80s were awash in fantasy and those movies had their dark patches too ("Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "Last Unicorn"), but they didn't have an evil queen with detachable heads, a gang with wheels on their feet and hands, and a rock king. Then again, the original had flying monkeys, which freaked me out as a kid. Fairuza Balk, in her first role, is Dorothy and she's joined by a chicken (?), a metal soldier, a moose head (??), and a pumpkinhead creature that looks like Jack from "Nightmare Before Christmas." It has a lot of cool sets and visuals, even if the story is not as memorable as the original. It is the only film directed by Walter Murch, who worked on the sound and editing of many of Francis Ford Coppola's best film. Older kids (maybe 10 and up) with vivid imaginations will enjoy this.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

This has got to be the most heartbreakingly delicate film I've ever seen, thanks largely to Fairuza Balk's tender performance and Walter Murch's surreal, careful direction. Murch seems to have put a painstaking amount of detail into this - the film is bursting at the seams with psychological hints and allusions that reveal themselves more and more upon repeat viewings. Beautiful, moving, quite frightening at times, and ultimately unforgettable. Forget the moderately enjoyable Wizard - Return is the real masterpiece of this series.

Feb 20, 2014

This one is not intended for children, making it a very interesting sequel. Oddly enough it seemed that they had no intention of bringing your favorite characters back for tis one, barely anything of the tin man, the cowardly lion, or the scarecrow. And it didn't look like they had really tried to make them look like their original counter parts.
All in all it's worth a watch.

Dec 03, 2010

Wow, this is a disturbing movie! So wish they had made a sequel that matched the first. My kids couldn't even finish this it was so bad.

Jan 15, 2010

This is a very fun story. Better, in my opinion, than the first one. Mostly because it involves a chicken, a robot, and a talking taxidermied head on a couch.


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