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Return to Oz

1985, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 50m

36 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Return to Oz taps into the darker side of L. Frank Baum's book series with an intermittently dazzling adventure that never quite recaptures the magic of its classic predecessor. Read critic reviews

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Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz, and finds the yellow brick road is now a pile of rubble, and the Emerald City is in ruins. Discovering that the magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, she sets off to rescue the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion with the help of her new friends.

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  • Nov 14, 2019
    A delightful oddity. With the exception of the presence of the Ruby Slippers, just about everything in the movie runs counter to the iconic 1939 film, which makes "Return to Oz" a sequel to nothing. The movie is even darker than the Baum books its based on.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2018
    I can see this films appeal, it has ambition and really distances itself from the musical. The storytelling is great but the dark overtones do distract for what is obviously marketed at kids. I find it funny that Disney could never have the success with the world of Oz, that MGM had with the original musical adaption. This world is primed for an ambitious take on all the books in the franchise. Murch was an inspired choice for the director and I think time has been super kind to this film, if you had viewed this on release you couldn't be held accountable for disliking it. I really enjoyed the film, it never attempted to copy the original musical film and it flipped all the characters on their heads. Scarecrow looks very creepy as does Jack, the design team clearly had a ball on this one. 12/02/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    Disney bastardizes a classic with Return to Oz. Dorothy runs away back to Oz where she finds that the Nome King has conquered the land and imprisoned the Scarecrow. Despite the rich material of the Oz novels, the script is poorly written and the characters are boring and trite; even Dorothy as lost her luster. The effects are rather weak (especially for Disney), and make for a cheap and colorless world. The music is also quite mundane and bland. Return to Oz has no magic or charisma, and does a terrible job at realizing the imaginative world of L. Frank Baum.
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  • Jan 10, 2012
    I'm not a fan of The Wizard Of OZ or any of the film versions but if I had to pick the 1 I liked the best, It would have to be Return To Oz.All the other versions just seem to be a clone of the same thing but Return To OZ was different from all the rest.I love how this version of The Wizard Of Oz was dark & gloomy & didn't have any stupid singing & dancing.In my opinion, Out of all the Oz films Return To Oz is the most underrated
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