Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012)

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

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Children's author Dorothy Gale makes a decent living continuing her grandfather's series of Oz books. When a new agent enters the scene, Dorothy moves to New York city. In the midst of a major business deal for her books, Dorothy discovers that her books are not based on her imagination, but on repressed memories. While Dorothy struggles with the revelation, she is forced to confront The Wicked Witch of the West, who has descended upon the Big Apple, determined to settle an old score. -- (C) … More

Rating: PG (for sequences of fantasy action and peril, scary images and brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: L. Frank Baum, Leigh Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2012
Runtime:

Cast


as Dorothy Gale

as Dorothy Gale

as Nick Chopper

as Billie Westbrook

as Henry Gale

as Wicked Witch

as Wizard of Oz

as Princess Langwidere

as Young Dorothy
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Critic Reviews for Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Good idea, poor execution. That's what plagues Leigh Scott's film. That and some bad acting, plus a disjointed feel that makes it difficult to follow what's happening and why.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Muddled Oz-based fantasy has some intense action.

Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Common Sense Media

...a new film that explores the world of OZ and gives the tale a whole new spin!

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

This is a review of the close to 3 hour miniseries and not the considerably shorter theatrical release. The Witches of Oz is written and directed by Leigh Scott, a man who cut his teeth working at The Asylum, and if you're familiar with their work then alarm bells should already be ringing. It sees an older Dorothy realising that the stories she writes of Oz are actually all true, and now the wicked witch is in our world to try and take over. AAAHHHH! This film is both ambitious and terrible for the most part. The first episode deals with painfully unfunny slapstick and cartoon caricatures. The second episode turned into an all out battle and tried to be a lot darker. The film has its ups and downs. The likes of Lloyd and Henriksen give great performances as they usually do, especially Hendrcksen who has a lot of experience in no budget territory. But we also have two Lord Of The Rings alumni trying hard not to die of embarrassment on screen. It's hard to tell with Astin and Boyd whether they are simply giving bad performances on purpose or if Jackson was just a much better director when dealing with actors. No doubt these two looked around the set and couldn't believe what their (I'm guessing by now, former) agents had gotten them into. Still, it's hard not to admire Scott's ambition and vision. He uses practical and computer effects well, and some of the designs are pretty cool, especially the Tin-Man. It obviously has designs on being a big epic fantasy, but it's impossible to take it seriously. I hear the hour shorter director's cut has better effects and is better concerning the pacing. There's certainly enough to make a child friendly kids TV special, maybe at the 70-80 minute mark, but I wouldn't sit through the whole thing again.

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Luke Baldock

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It's got some people in it that I had to watch it because of. It's actually not horrible, but it is verry different from what you are used to with the Wizard of Oz. But if you like that sort of thing, I recommend it.

The special effects were totally bogus, but I liked the story. The plot was a strangely enjoyable departure from the usual Dorothy/Oz/Wizard/Witch story.

Hamee
Heather Metzger

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