Return to Oz (1985)
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This fantasy continues the story of the beloved family classic The Wizard of Oz. While supposedly recovering from her Oz "fantasies," young Dorothy actually returns to the magical world. When she arrives, however, she discovers that she must help her friends combat the evil Nome King.
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Critic Reviews for Return to Oz
Any movie in which a Midwestern prairie actually looks more attractive and more interesting than the enchanted land over the rainbow is in big trouble.
Despite the presence of Billina the talking hen, the emphasis on insecurity and peril harks back to the treat-'em-rough days of children's fiction, and the disturbing/comforting ratio tilts conclusively towards the former.
The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.
On its own merits, has some very fine cinematic flourishes... if we can but manage the herculean feat of separating it from the older movie.
Best to see them as individual films with nothing in common apart from source material, one a classic, the other a strong enough picaresque amongst some decent fabulation.
There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there.
A forgotten classic.
I can see why the Judy Garland fans might not appreciate this weird little adaptation, but it's actually pretty good!
Director Walter Murch tries to infuse the story with the inventiveness and adventure of the Star Wars saga, but the results are disappointing.
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
Return to Oz is hardly as kid-friendly as The Wizard of Oz, but older children with a taste for the fantastic will find it interesting. Adult Oz fans will find it entertaining as well.
Should've stuck to that yellow brick road
An underrated little romp, surprisingly faithful to L. Frank Baum's atmosphere... though obviously it's all overshadowed by that other Oz flick.
Audience Reviews for Return to Oz
Good Effects and developed characters. A sequel to The Wizard of Oz was a good idea, but there was no excitement in this film, and I remember watching this on VHS as a child but it still is not entertaining as it was back then as Return to Oz is just plain creepy.More
This is a great sequel to the classic, the imagination on show is amazing and it all looks terrific. The charactes have a new look which really sets them apart (is this where Tim Burton got his 'Jack Skellington' idea?) every one is stunning to see and have really had some major care and craftsmanship involved, I love how these old 80's flicks look so good and really show up modern films which rely on crappy cgi.
All the effects are great even by today's standards if not better and the atmosphere of the movie is eerie and haunting. Its underrated and forgotten and I dont know why, I would love to see a third in this style, truely great kids film.
Hideously HIDEOUSLY underrated. Seriously. This is actually quite an interesting film. It's completely unlike its predecessor, the original 1939 "Wizard of Oz." This film is not upbeat. It does not have songs. Simply put, this feels like American McGee's Alice, absolutely insane, but bizarrely (and frighteningly) accurate to the book. This film garnered tons of hate at the time of release, but now people are beginning to appreciate its dark tone. If you have to watch a kids film for some reason or another, just pop this one in. It will surprise you.More
If you loved The Wizard of Oz, you'll like accompanying Dorothy (played by Fairuza Balk) on this second thrilling adventure based on L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books! Viewers will hear no songs nor see any Munchkins. It's very different, but equally enjoyable, trip down the Yellow Brick Road, with young star Balk outstanding as the heroine. It gets pretty scary at times and isn't all fluff and wonder like the Oz of yore. This is nevertheless a magical film.More
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