Return to Oz [DVD] [1985]

Get ready for a strange voyage back to a strangely familiar fantasy land with Disney DVD's release of this belated sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is clean and nearly flawless. Sporting solid blacks, even skin tones, and little evidence of edge-enhancement, this disc will look great no matter how it's viewed. The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix rings through loud and clear, with no hiss to speak of, offering a great showcase for David Shire's wondrous score. Of course, Return to Oz wasn't exactly a box-office phenomenon when originally released in 1985, but that hasn't stopped Disney from including some interesting extra features. It's great to hear Fairuza Balk recollect her first major role in a candid and easygoing interview, and it's obvious that everyone involved in the production truly believed in the film. In addition to addressing issues of stratospheric audience expectations, Balk also talks about her longtime relationship with director Walter Murch and the grueling audition process she endured to land the coveted role of Dorothy. Though original TV spots and a theatrical trailer are also included, the television spots are in particularly poor shape and appear almost completely desaturated in addition to sporting onscreen timecode.
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Special Features

  • "Fairuza Balk Returns to Oz" interview
  • Original TV spots
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • French-language track

Synopsis

Return to Oz
This '80s follow-up to The Wizard of Oz is based upon two of L. Frank Baum's later Oz books. In Return to Oz (a version that may be a bit too scary for young children), Auntie Em sends Dorothy to a sanitarium where hopefully she will clear her head from all of the "Oz nonsense." This doesn't work, for soon Dorothy manages to return to Oz, but things have definitely changed. She finds her old friends turned to stone and discovers that the awful Nome King has taken over Oz. ~ Phillip Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Nicol Williamson
    Nicol Williamson - Dr. Worley/Nome King
  • Jean Marsh
    Jean Marsh - Nurse WilsonIPrincess Mombi
  • Fairuza Balk
    Fairuza Balk - Dorothy Gale
  • Piper Laurie
    Piper Laurie - Aunt Em
  • Matt Clark
    Matt Clark - Uncle Henry

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