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Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away (2007)

A Documentary on the '1985' film: Return to Oz (1985).

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John Fricke ...
Jeanette Furevig ...
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Jeff Legace ...
Himself - Oz Collector
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Aaron Schultz ...
Himself - Founder of WaltDisneysReturnToOz.com (voice)
Matthew Wages ...
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A documentary of the underrated 'Return to Oz,' including behind the scenes footage, discussion of how the movie came to be and its production and marketing struggles, and the famous filmmakers and more that were attached to it. There is footage of interviews with Fairuza Balk and Nicol Williamson, and of John Fricke (Oz Historian) interviewing the surviving munchkins, at Ozfest in 2006. There's also footage from 'The Mickey Mouse Club: Rainbow Road to Oz(1957) and more. It's also packed with clips, stills, book references and more from 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Return to Oz'. There are clips of movies that were somehow related to that genre and time. Written by Anonymous

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"This is a Story....about the Land of Oz...." See more »

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27 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Is believed to be the only documentary in history to feature footage of both The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Return to Oz (1985). See more »

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Crystal Gonzales: When I first saw the Wheelers it was kind of strange because... Oz has turned into a mad place at this point and there're these gang of riff-raffs. Well, to my eye, anyway. At least that's what I would think anyway if I saw guys on wheels coming up to me on the street. But I have to say when I first saw them when I was little, I don't know if it was the makeup or not, but I thought they were pretty cute. I guess I just had strange taste in guys but that was my first thought. "Ooh, they're cute....
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The end credits appear over a sketch drawing of Tik Tok and the Wheeler. See more »

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Features The Wizard of Oz (1925) See more »

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An awesome documentary for an underrated amazing film!
21 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Return to Oz is a film that deserves more attention than it gets, and this film finally gave it some of that well deserved attention. It centers around a nice variety of fans who give their own views on the film, both what makes it work and what doesn't. It's a very honest approach that sheds all the reality of how the film came to be and how and why it met it's demise with the box office. It is inter-cut with some nice footage of scenes from the film, and other films, and even some behind the scenes material from a rare documentary. The only thing that could have possibly made it a further joy to watch would have been to get someone involved in the film to have participated, as hard as that would have most certainly been. As it is, it is a great documentary on the film from a fan perspective, much akin to something like "Indyfans" or "Trekkies". I'm glad Return To Oz has something like this!


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