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

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  27 October 2007 (USA)
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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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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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John Fricke: [First lines] I don't think there's any question that Return To Oz has fans. But it's not a movie that the public even remembers exists for the most part. I've been asked countless times over the past decade or so "Why doesn't anyone ever make a big Wizard of Oz movie?" And I'll say: "Well, Disney tried in 1985." "Oh yeah..." "Oh... yeah." "Oh yeah." But there's no immediate recognition, there's no joy. The people who saw it just kind of put it out of their minds. Except for the people to whom ...
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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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