Oz the Great and Powerful details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox, James Franco, Zach Braff|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Children, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||July - Action/Adventure, Must-sees|
Oz the Great and Powerful
|Rental release:||01 Jul 2013|
|Subtitles:||English, Estonian, Greek, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukranian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
We're back in Oz! Sam Raimi helms this prequel, which is our Cinema Release of the Week...
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New Oz tale is great and PowerfulBy Gordon Vader Review Master (144 reviews) from Emerald City, oz , 01 Jul 2013
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[Highly rated reviewer]A wonderful film and a fitting addition to the catalogue... The characters and acting and sets are all superb... my only minor (and it is truly minor) gripe is that it's a shame it didn't attempt to tie in the 'Wicked' story line too...
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Some Magical MomentsBy johnnyb78 (94 reviews) from Swindon , 17 Dec 2013For a film that could've been a huge mistake,this was surprisingly very enjoyable. A self-centred charlatan magician gets sucked up by a tornado and ends up in this fantasticly colourful land,soon approached by a friendly witch,then meeting other great characters and soon finding he is believed to the the great and powerful Oz and the man to kill the wicked witch. He soon becomes interested in the task at hand,finding affections he probably didn't realize he had. I really liked the style some parts were done,such as the doll with a broken leg mirroring the girl near the beginning who begged him to fix her legs so she could walk,nicely done. It does get a little confusing for him and us,trying to figure out which witch is which,but it soon makes sense. The final moments also very much mirror the earlier part of the film,skillfully so. So a film with a lot going for it,plenty of magical moments for all the family to enjoy,great colours and characters,good messages and a fine story that leads to the much loved story from years ago. Although i wouldn't quite give it five stars,i can see why some would,as it looks great and certainly entertains. It takes you to another world for a couple of hours,now that's magic!
Only as expectedBy aliceboy (17 reviews) from Durham , 13 Dec 2013When I first heard Sam Raimi was attached to do a new Oz movie I was thrilled. The full story from Baum's book has never been done justice on the screen, and Raimi was a bold, intriguing choice to finally make that happen. But then came the news: this was to be a new story, telling the tale of Oz's arrival and origin as The Great and Powerful. I was...less interested. As it has turned out, we got a mixed bag. Raimi's flair only peeks through (most noticeably in his Army of Darkness wink to the audience toward the end) what appears to be becoming the Disney live-action fantasy house style. Think Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and you're not far from having seen this already. The cast was mostly a fun and surprising group (Mila Kunis was a shock for her role, but pulled it all off admirably), but any cast relies on the strengths (and weaknesses) of their lead performer. In this, James Franco was a severe miscast. Though he's clearly giving the role all he's got, regrettably all he's got is not that much. He just lacks the charisma and presence this character demands (keep in mind, this is meant to be a carnival con-man who persuades an entire population he's a great wizard). What he does have is over-the-top hamminess and cheesy grins that seriously drag down some otherwise solid acting going on around him. As for the story...well, it was alright, I suppose. It manages to plant itself pretty firmly alongside the classic musical The Wizard of Oz, with very little that is contradictory to that re-imagining of the original tale (which is to say it has a handful of things contradictory to the tale itself). We witness not only the birth of The Wizard but the beginnings of some other characters we all know as well. Sadly, the most lasting thing from this movie was the special effects. Naturally, nowadays, a film like this kind of has to rely on a lot of computer imagery, but Oz makes it work better than it might have. The monkey sidekick and China Girl are outstanding physical characters, the latter looking like one of those 'I know that can't be real, but it looks like it is' creations. Likewise, the (now-fearsome and not just a little scary) flying monkeys, though clearly CG work have a weight and texture to them that suggests there was something real-world in their creation. This is not a Bad Movie. I had fairly low expectations of it, only saw it out of curiosity and because the daughter wanted to, and was not disappointed by it. If you're looking for an entertaining bit of popcorn-fodder, you could do worse. But if you're hoping for something that would make L. Frank Baum proud at last, don't hold your breath.
Slow starter but gets better...By Wilderbeast80 (14 reviews) , 09 Dec 2013I really did not know what to expect from this film. My expectations were not great but by the end I was reasonably happy. As per usual with this style of film my girlfriend had made the choice and if I'm honest she rarely lets me down. I found that the film dragged at the start and I felt my interest dwindling to the extent that I started playing on my phone, a swift slap around the back of my head from the other half made me put the phone down and in the words of my girlfriend 'give it a go...' The film became more interesting as it progressed and although I had an inkling of how it was going to play out I still enjoyed parts of the ride. I am not a huge fan of James Frano but I do think he was the right man for the job. I am a huge fan of Mila Kunis but felt she probably wasn't right for her part. Whenever I watch her I just hear Meg Griffin and immediately feel sorry for her and not matter what the character I end up routing for her...... Definitely not the best film I have watched this year, probably not even top 20 but watchable.
Reminders of childhoodBy Jackdon (7 reviews) from Peterborough , 03 Dec 2013Loved this film. Clever use of links to 'Wizard of oz. Did keep expecting the music for the yellow brick road!! But it was very good entertainment and my husband and I really enjoyed it
Oz The FakeBy a customer , 29 Nov 2013Very well done film which gives you insight at how it all started. Brilliant make believe world and just loved that monkey.