The Wizard of Oz

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First trailer for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return


Where are the wheelers?
Dec 11
// Isabelle Magliari
As a child (and, who am I kidding, a child-like adult) I took great pleasure in being left repeatedly traumatized by 1985's weird and wonderful Return to Oz. Unfortunately, it looks like today's youngsters will have an ...
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See The Wizard of Oz 3D early and free


Washington DC screening
Sep 03
// Matthew Razak
The Wizard of Oz, you say? But I've seen that a bajillion times. Yes, that may be true, but have you seen it in 3D and the big screen all digitally remastered? No, because that would be impossible until now since it was never...
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Wizard of Oz getting 3D re-release


Runs for one week starting Sept. 20
Jun 04
// Matthew Razak
It's hard to imagine how stunning The Wizard of Oz must have been to someone seeing it on the big scree 75 years ago. The incredible color and spectacle weren't really matched back then, but for a modern audience seeing the c...
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UPDATE: Disney already planning Oz sequel


Raimi rules out return, cast on board
Mar 08
// Logan Otremba
UPDATE: Raimi has announced that he shan't be coming back to helm the next installment. Mila Kunis has however said that everyone has signed up for "sequels" meaning that there's likely more than one Oztacular iteration in st...

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Mar 08 // Matthew Razak
[embed]215020:39758:0[/embed] Oz the Great and PowefulDirector: Sam RaimiRated: PGRelease Date: March 8, 2013  The problem with Oz the Great and Powerful is that it's probably not what you're expecting and thanks to that its issues get elevated. This is legitimately a kid's movie with site gags, over-the-top characters and an approach that emphasizes fun over story. That's not to say the entire film is "kiddy," but the tone of the film is probably not what you're expecting. It's more akin to the original Wizard of Oz than today's modern fantasy epics, and that can be off putting if you aren't ready for it. Even if you are ready for it you're going to find the film weird, for lack of a better term. It's just a strange combination of visual style, plotting, camp and cheesy performances that's hard to either dislike or like. I found myself torn between Raimi's direction feeling horribly out of place or perfectly original. It is definitely a Raimi movie with big, swooping single shots, first person camera, and a penchant for camp and cheese and somehow that's both enjoyable awesome and yet awkward.  It's hard to tell if the cast is hamming it up perfectly or simply not being directed well. James Franco, who plays Oz, is either wonderfully charming or horribly overacting while Mila Kunis wavers between nailing it and completely missing it. Two consistently enjoyable performances come from Rachel Weisz prolifically evil witch and Michelle Williams unbearably good one. It's almost infuriating as a critic to come out of a movie without being able to decide where you fall on a film, but I find myself still switching back and forth between liking it and thinking it missed its points. There are definitely issues with the movie that are easy to point out. The plot is paper thin and is stretched out far longer than it needs to be. Picking up before The Wizard of Oz, the movie tells the story of the wizard himself. We see him sucked into Oz after a hurricane where he meets three witches who are sisters: Glinda (Williams), Theodora (Kunis) and Evanora (Weisz). Oz is tricked by Evanora to go kill Glinda and he takes along his friendly flying monkey (Zach Braff) and a china girl (Joey King). Of course he figures out that Glinda is good and eventually hatches a plan to win back the Emerald City and realize that he is more than just a charlatan.  The story takes a long time to get going. In an homage to the original the movie opens in black and white, letter box style and it stays there for a while. It's actually a great chunk of the movie, but it stretches and once Oz (short of Oscar, by the way) arrives in Oz the movies already been running so long that it feels like they're establishing a second plot entirely. The film really starts to drag until the movies prolific ending, but once again it's hard to get bored thanks to the gorgeous world and Raimi's directing. Coming back to his directing, it's not all wonderful. While he sets up some elaborate shots that are simply breathtaking in 3D his use of the technology is amateurish for the most part. At times I felt like I was on a ride at Disneyland instead of seeing a legitimate movie. It's the kind of things (throwing things at the camera, first person "rides") one would expect out of a 3D 5 years ago before the likes of Hugo showed us that the technology can legitimately be used before. It's again a contradiction because at other times he weaves the camera expertly in stunning single shots that work perfectly for the tech. It's the same for some of the digital stuff as well. Most of it looks gorgeous, especially the China Girl, but at times it's horrendously green screened and awkward. I've basically spent this review trying to decide whether I liked Oz the Great and Powerful or not. I love Sam Raimi and his joy of slapstick and childlike nature and that comes out clearly in this film. On the other hand things never really mesh together as well as they should and the camp comes of forced instead of fun. It's a movie that just doesn't quite click, but is still fun to watch. In such a case, I've determined, a tie breaker must be created. That tie breaker is whether or not a movie features Bruce Campbell. The answer to that questions is that it does, and thus I will say I liked Oz the Great and Powerful.
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Quite the conundrum
You may or may not know it, but Sam Raimi is a director with a very specific style and thanks to the success of Spider-Man he's usually allowed to let that style run wild. It's an awesomely lavish style that feels both n...

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New clip for Oz: The Great and Powerful


Thank you Jimmy Kimmel
Feb 18
// Thor Latham
Another day, another snippet of a clip revealed on a late night talk show. The lovely Rachel Weisz was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few days ago, and she was kind enough to introduce a new clip from Disney's upcoming ...
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Super Bowl TV spot for Oz the Great and Powerful


More of the same from the land of Oz
Feb 04
// Matthew Razak
During the Super Bowl a new trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful landed. You might be forgiven for thinking it was actually not a new trailer since we've seen so many trailers for this film that we've probably seen the...
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New TV spot for Oz: The Great and Powerful


Which witch is which? Someone was paid to write that
Jan 15
// Thor Latham
As the release date draws ever nearer, we're being given a new TV spot for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful that showcases what I'm assuming is going to be a pretty big part of the film:  exactly who the hell is t...
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New Wicked Witch poster for Oz The Great and Powerful


It's not easy being green
Dec 19
// Thor Latham
Here's a new character poster for the Wicked Witch from Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful. Though you wouldn't know it looking at the poster, that's the lovely Rachel Weisz as the infamous witch and she's looking like a f...
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Triptych poster revealed for Oz: The Great and Powerful


Plus a handful of new stills
Nov 13
// Thor Latham
The third piece of the Oz poster puzzle has finally been revealed, giving us a pretty awesome looking triptych poster featuring all of the main characters in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful. We have all of the wit...
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Oz The Great and Powerful photos show off witches


Nov 12
// Liz Rugg
These new photos from Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful show a re-imagining of the classic Wizard of Oz world. Oz TGAP will take on the origin story of the Wizard of Oz himself, when an unsuspecting small-time ma...
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New poster for Oz The Great and Powerful


Finally we get some flying simians up in here
Nov 08
// Thor Latham
Last time we got a glimpse of the notorious Wicked Witch, and today it looks like we're getting a look at her infamous lackeys, the flying monkeys. Well, to be fair, that adorable little guy in the foreground doesn't look lik...
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Six new images from Oz the Great and Powerful


Jul 18
// Hubert Vigilla
Last week we brought you the trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful, the new film from Sam Raimi starring James Franco. As Alex pointed out, it looks a bit like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but it may not be as big a blun...
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Trailer: Oz the Great and Powerful


Jul 12
// Alex Katz
I'd forgotten that Sam Raimi was directing this! That alone is enough to make me want to see it. This is the trailer that was screened for people at Disney's Hall H panel at Comic-Con earlier today, and it looks a lot&n...
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Trailer: Dorothy and the Witches of Oz


Feb 10
// Bob Muir
We've already got around six Wizard of Oz films in production, what's one more? A possible selling point of this take on L. Frank Baum's classic story is that it's actually done and ready to screen. Dorothy and the Witches o...
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Scarecrow costume dances its way into the Smithsonian


Aug 25
// Sam Membrino
Shuffle over, Ruby Slippers, there's a new sheriff in town. The Smithsonian Museum of American History has laid out the Yellow Brick Road to a new member of The Wizard of Oz ensemble, The Scarecrow. I thought, being the 72nd ...
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Williams cast as Glinda in Oz The Great & Powerful


May 18
// Matthew Razak
We know that in the coming years the Oz, the mythical land made famous by Frank Baum and then Judy Garland, is going to be ripped apart by Hollywood in the pursuit of more money thanks to no less than six films being made abo...
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Oz Wars joins six other Wizard of Oz films in production


Dec 16
// Bob Muir
Nothing can replace the classic 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz in my heart, and I'm sure it's the same for most people. Still, Hollywood has long been obsessed with the Oz novels, and that's not about to change. Variet...

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