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S What's the general opinion on "Oz the Great and Powerful"?


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael | 1 comments I enjoyed "Oz, the Great and Powerful" for the most part. I wish it was more tied to the books than to the MGM film.

I also have always enjoyed "Return to Oz," which I think my kids have watched more times than the MGM film.


message 3: by Alan (new)

Alan | 1 comments G&P is a very watchable movie. James Franco did a passable job as Oz, and the visuals were great. Were there flaws? Absolutely. Most of those flaws occur - as in other cases where the studios think they know better than the original author - when they alter the original material because they think it "plays better." Granted, G&P isn't directly based on any book that I know of. As far as I'm aware, it's simply based on the CONCEPT of Oz, with extrapolations on certain of those concepts.

I agree wholeheartedly that it would have benefited from being kept independent from the musical. Trouble is, better than 90% of the public has no idea that Oz is a book (or books). The only thing they know is Judy G and company. It's the reason why Oz movies never do well with the public. The great unwashed immediately compare it to the ONLY Oz they know. It's why the Winkies are always portrayed as green-skinned cossacks, and the color schemes of the lands are never upheld.

It's the thing I like best about "Return." They stuck closer to the books (even if they did take major liberties) than G&P did. Though, at least we got a look at the China Country, even if was laid waste.

One thing I've learned in watching the movies and television based on the Oz material: You can't be a purist, because you're going to be disappointed and/or infuriated.

Well, and let's face it: to be truly faithful to some of the creatures and situations Baum and the others wrote about would make for some truly horrific, or at least creepy, visuals.

But to answer the (now 5 year old) question originally posed: I think Oz, The Great and Powerful is well worth watching, as long as you go into it up front realizing it isn't based on anything other than the concept of Oz, rather than on any of the books.

For a couple really different takes, try Tin Man or The Steam Engines of Oz.


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Ioan Baicu | 1 comments Hi,
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Write me if you like some of them or if you want other titles.
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Item # Item Title
194042736732 2014 L.Frank Baum: Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736761 L. Frank Baum, 2008: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736797 L. Frank Baum, 2001: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736799 L. Frank Baum, 1998: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736820 L. Frank Baum, 2018: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736864 2012, L.Frank Baum: Ozma of Oz/Ozma din Oz
194042736868 L. Frank Baum, 2017: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736869 L. Frank Baum, 2016: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736871 L. Frank Baum, 2018: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz [3]
194042736899 L. Frank Baum, 1995: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736890 2018 L.Frank Baum: Princess Ozma of Oz/Printesa Ozma din Oz
194042736900 L. Frank Baum, 1993: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736930 1966 L.Frank Baum: Wizard of Oz.
194042736933 2015 L.Frank Baum: Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736948 L. Frank Baum, 2018: Wonderful The Wizard of Oz/Minunatul Vrajitor din Oz [2]
194042736950 L. Frank Baum, 2007: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736952 2003 L.Frank Baum: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
194042736966 1991 L.Frank Baum: Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042736982 1989 L.Frank Baum: Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz
194042737028 L. Frank Baum, 1965: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz [3]
194042737044 L. Frank Baum, 1982: The Wizard of Oz/Vrajitorul din Oz


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