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Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012)

Dorothy Gale discovers that her best selling novels are actually based on suppressed childhood memories of her time in Oz, and that she may be in danger of experiencing it all over again.

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Leigh Scott

Writers:

Leigh Scott, Eliza Swenson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulie Rojas Redding ... Dorothy Gale (as Paulie Rojas)
Eliza Swenson ... Billie Westbrook
Billy Boyd ... Nick Chopper
Christopher Lloyd ... The Wizard of Oz
Ari Zagaris Ari Zagaris ... Allen
Barry Ratcliffe ... Bryan (as Barry J. Ratcliffe)
Lance Henriksen ... Henry Gale
Mia Sara ... Princess Langwidere
Noel Thurman ... Glinda
Sasha Jackson ... Ilsa
Sean Astin ... Frack
Ethan Embry ... Frick
Jeffrey Combs ... Frank Baum
Sarah Lieving ... The Wicked Witch of the East
Jessica Sonneborn ... Ev Locast
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Storyline

Children's author Dorothy Gale makes a decent living continuing her grandfather's series of Oz books. When a new agent enters the scene, Dorothy moves to New York City. In the midst of a major business deal for her books, Dorothy discovers that her books are not based on her imagination, but on repressed memories. While Dorothy struggles with the revelation, she is forced to confront the Wicked Witch of the West, who has descended upon the Big Apple, determined to settle an old score. Written by iTunes

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The Big Apple is Going Green See more »

Genres:

Action | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and peril, scary images and brief language

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Trivia

The film contains more visual effects than Jurassic Park (1993), and were mostly created by a team of five. See more »

Connections

Version of The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) See more »

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Crawl
by Victoria Mazze, Chris Cano, & Chris Ride
Performed by The Divine Madness
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You might have a good time, if you lower your expectations, then lower them again
18 August 2012 | by rocketXpertSee all my reviews

I doubted this film would be great, but my best case scenario was that it would at least be fun in a cheesy way. Even by those standards, I was let down. Maybe part of the problem is that I saw it on the big screen when it really feels like a direct to video movie. On the other hand, I don't think I could have asked for a better viewing experience, so I have to face the fact that the main problem is that it was just not very good.

Things like "Wicked" and "Tin Man" have shown that there can be decent alternate takes on Oz, but this was not one of them, sadly. I think the filmmakers' hearts were in the right place, but this low-budget attempt at creating something with the look of a big-budget blockbuster ended up being kind of a cringe-inducing mess.

I got a sinking feeling within the first moments as we're introduced to a CGI version of Oz that looks poor even compared to modern video games. But I don't watch independent movies for spectacle; I watch them for story and characters, and unfortunately, I found neither to be terribly engaging here. I might have cared about the plot if the movie had spent more time establishing the characters and their relationship to each other, but this presents something of a Catch-22: adding such scenes would have presumably made the movie longer and it already felt overly long. They must have padded it out beyond all reason in order to accommodate the miniseries format.

I've seen complaints about wooden acting in this film. Any deficiencies there I am willing to at least partially blame on the directing and/or script. Even most of the name actors turn in rather unremarkable performances- the big exception being Mia Sara's manic Princess Langwidere. Among the lesser-known players, I thought Eliza Swenson was the most memorable as the manipulative literary agent.

This is a movie I really wanted to like, so I wish I had more positive things to say about it. There are a couple nods to the MGM musical and a few more to the original Oz books, but I don't see this satisfying fans of either. Honestly, I would have a difficult time recommending "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz" to anyone. And I'm the sort of person who can often find redeeming qualities in movies that others might dismiss as simply terrible.

I'm somewhat shocked that a sequel is supposedly in the works. Call me a hopeless optimist or just morbidly curious, but if that actually gets made, I'll most likely end up watching it as well, hoping that it might be better than this movie, which it would almost have to be.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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