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Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

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Michael Sundin ...
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Tik-Tok (voice)
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Denise Bryer ...
Billina (voice)
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Lyle Conway ...
Gump (voice)
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Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure. Written by Nichola McDougall

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Directorial debut of known editor Walter Murch. As of 2015, it remains as the only film he ever directed. See more »

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Mountains are shown in Kansas, a Plains state. See more »

Quotes

Billina: What is this, a man or a melon?
Jack Pumpkinhead: A pumpkin, if you please.
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Version of The Wizard of the Emerald City (1994) See more »

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Not a sequel, judge it on it's own merits.
26 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Despite the title, this is not a sequel to the classic film that everyone loves. This is a different story about Dorothy and OZ that is actually more faithful to the series of L. Frank Baum books than the Judy Garland film was. Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, Mombi, the gnome king, and the wheelers were as much a part of the original stories (published in the very early 1900's) as the scarecrow and tin man were. I understand why some people don't like the movie as I didn't the first time I saw it. No film that trashes emerald city and has Dorothy recieving shock treatment is going to make fans of the first film very happy.

However on my second veiwing years later it was nice to get an idea of the much darker vision that the author of the books had created. He created an OZ that had a very scary side to it, but ultimately good would always triumph. Although this isn't a film for kids under 8 years of age, I believe most kids would probably like it. I do think the special effects could have been a little better, as this was made in 1985. And I wish that they would have had Dorothy interact more with the scarecrow, lion and tin man.

If you only want to see more of the first film then I wouldn't recommend this, otherwise enjoy.


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