As a little girl, my mom read to me the stories of the land of Oz. The old hardbound books that were hers as a girl were yellowed with age, and that familiar musty smell lingered with each turn of the page. Listening to my mother as she read stories of an enchanted land and fanciful creatures from books that her mom once read to her is a special memory. A memory I hope to repeat with my daughters — if we can find those old books. Thank you to Disney for sending me a review copy of this special story.
Because Oz has always held such a special place in my heart, I watched Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful on the edge of my seat, delighted at every story twist and new character reveal. While this darker tale of Oz is still a bit too much for my girls to enjoy, I will save this Blu-Ray to watch with them when they get a bit older. For now, it is mom’s special movie.
This is not The Wizard of Oz story that you know, nor is it one of the subsequent 13 stories in the original series. This is an all new tale that goes back to the beginning to explain how an ordinary man became an extraordinary wizard in the land of Oz.
Remembering my beloved stories, I watched with excitement as the story unfolded explaining how things came to be and leading perfectly into The Wonderful The Wizard of Oz. Telling the tale of not only Oscar, who becomes the wizard, but also that of the sisters, Evanora and Theodora, who become the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West. Haven’t you ever wondered just what made them just so wicked?
Oz The Great and Powerful is truly a beautiful movie with visuals becoming of the land of Oz. Like the move The Wizard of Oz (circa 1939), Oz The Great and Powerful opens in black and white land allowing the land of Oz to become a colorful and stark contrast to the dull and lifeless Kansas from which both Oscar and later Dorothy hail.
Once in Oz, one cannot help but to fall in love with the kind witch Theodora. Although I knew what was to come, watching her innocence and child-like optimism be crushed by evil still makes me sad.
Along his journey to becoming the wizard everyone believes him to be, Oscar is befriended by Finley the flying Monkey (Zach Braff), China Girl (Joey King) and Glinda the good (Michelle Williams). And while he may not be exactly what the good people of Oz were expecting, in the end he turns out to be exactly what they needed. And, more importantly, they are exactly what he needed to find his greatness.
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BONUS – The Blu-Ray/DVD combo back includes a free movie ticket to see Lone Ranger this fall!!!
Blu-Ray Bonus Features:
- The Magic of “Oz The Great and Powerful” (Second Screen Experience) – An immersive Second Screen experience that details all things Oz. From an interactive map full of secrets and surprises, to an inside look at the spectacular world of Oz. All fans need to do is download the special (free) “The Magic of Oz The Great and Powerful: Second Screen” App, which provides fans with infinite opportunities to remain connected to their favorite film, its cast of characters and to dive deeper into the magical world of Oz. This App provides exclusive access to invigorating and exclusive content including:
- The Enchanting Characters and Creatures of Oz – From Munchkins and Tinkers to good witches, bad witches, and flying baboons, this piece follows each character and creature of the Land of Oz from inspiration to final outcome.
- The Sounds of Magical Oz – What adds fragility to the sounds of China Girl’s footsteps; ferocity to the tornado; or weight to the flutter of Finley’s flapping wings?
- Sleight of Hand: Zach Braff Puppet Theater – Actor, and voice of Finley, Zach Braff introduces viewers to the Finley mockup.
- Mariah Carey Music Video
- Bloopers (also on DVD)
- My Journey in Oz by James Franco – A personal story produced and directed by James Franco.
- Mr. Elfman’s Musical Concoctions – An interview with composer Danny Elfman unveils his inspiration in scoring “Oz The GreatAnd Powerful.”
- China Girl and the Suspension of Disbelief – This feature uncloaks the several forms of movie magic employed to bring China Girl to life, from the initial artwork and character design, to the on-set puppeteering during filmmaking, and finally, through each stage of the visual-effects process; and includes an interview with Joey King, the voice of China Girl.
- Before Your Very Eyes: From Kansas to Oz – Production designer Robert Stromberg takes viewers through the set design of the Land of Oz, from sketching his original ideas on a napkin, through to the final set pieces and the accompanying visual effects.
- Mila’s Metamorphosis – Lead makeup artist Howard Berger expands on one of the oldest, most tried-and-true forms of movie magic: makeup design and effects.
- Walt Disney and the Road to Oz – It is well known that Walt Disney had a fascination with the Land of Oz since he was a child. See how that fascination grew into inspiration as he began planning for his own adaptation of the stories in the classic Baum books. (Also on DVD)
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Oz The Great And Powerful on Blu-Ray and DVD.