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

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27 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Aaron Pacentine, executive consultant on the film, recorded an interview but due to technical problems, the footage was not usable. Later, after the film had already been released, Gabe Rodriguez found a way to make the footage work and then edited a new version with Pacentine's interview inserted throughout the film. However, Rodriguez only considers this second version to be a favor to Pacentine; the original released version is the true director's cut. 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 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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Return to Oz
by David Shire
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The Joy that Got Away
23 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary provides many behind-the-scenes details that watchers of Return to Oz undoubtedly thirst for. It contains a very interesting interview with Oz historian John Fricke, who provides a great centerpiece for the documentary with his endless knowledge about all things Oz. The documentary also contains interviews with numerous fans of the film, who often have very interesting and thoughtful opinions on the work. The documentary also deals with the constant change in management at Disney, and how this may have affected the film. Overall the documentary is very nicely done, and I highly recommend it to anyone.


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