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

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

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Cast overview:
John Fricke ...
Himself / Oz Historian & Author
Jeanette Furevig ...
Herself / Actress
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Herself / Actress / Oz and Rocky Horror Fan
Jeff Legace ...
Himself / Oz Collector
Sean Pollock ...
Himself / 14-Year-Old Oz Collector
Aaron Schultz ...
Himself / Founder of WaltDisneysReturnToOz.com (voice)
Matthew Wages ...
Himself / Actor
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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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Rodriguez has shown it to different festival heads, as well as the Oz Museum in Wamego, KS. See more »

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Sean Pollock: [about Return To Oz] I'm really glad Disney made it because it's probably the best thing to ever come out of Disney, whereas nowadays they're making movies about Cars and stuff.
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An awesome documentary for an underrated amazing film!
21 July 2012 | by (United States) – 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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