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Journey Back to Oz


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  • Actors: Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Rise Stevens, Danny Thomas, Margaret Hamilton
  • Format: Animated, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ILYYDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,636 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dorothy and Toto travel back to the land of Oz where they arrive just in time to help their old friends fend off an invasion of magic green elephants. Voice characterizations are performed by a number of stars including Liza Minnelli Ethel Merman and Danny Thomas.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: G UPC: 787364723195

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The story was great, the animation was great, and the voice talent was beyond great.
Richard A. Bailen
It was as of recently put on DVD by the now defucnt Ink & Paint, but is still available from most retailers.
J. Alford
This brings back memories, from over 10 years ago, from my happy "WIZARD OF OZ" filled child-hood.
Farrah

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 26, 2006
Format: DVD
JOURNEY BACK TO OZ is a thoroughly delightful animated musical-sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the big highlight being that Liza Minnelli voices the role of Dorothy (the role that catapulted her mother Judy Garland into the annals of film history).

Of course, no animated film could ever replicate the magic and scope of the 1939 masterpiece, but let's not carp. For what it sets out to achieve, JOURNEY BACK TO OZ delivers handsomely.

Dorothy (Liza Minnelli) gets swept back to Oz via another cyclone, and quickly sets about finding her old friends the Scarecrow (Mickey Rooney), Tin Man (Danny Thomas) and Cowardly Lion (Milton Berle). Instead, Dorothy discovers to her horror that an evil witch called Mombi (Ethel Merman) is plotting to invade the Emerald City with a hoard of enchanted green elephants.

With new friends; Jack Pumpkinhead (Paul Lynde) and Woodenhead the carousel horse (Herschel Bernardi), and some guidance from Glinda (Rise Stevens); Dorothy sets out to thwart Mombi and save her old friends from destruction.

The score by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen contains some gems; Liza Minnelli sings "There's a Faraway Land" and "That Feeling for Home", whilst Ethel Merman camps it up with "Be a Witch" and Rise Stevens delivers Glinda's "You Have Only You" to perfection.

Another cute twist is Margaret Hamilton (who played the Wicked Witch and Miss Gulch in the original Judy Garland classic) voicing the role of Aunt Em!

Originally made and recorded by the Filmation Company in 1962, it was curiously kept out of cinemas until 1974. This new Special Edition from Brentwood marks the movie's DVD debut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Saint-Exupéry on May 14, 2007
Format: DVD
This brings back happy memories! Journey Back to Oz was a wonderful part of my childhood. I loved watching it on TV as a kid. It's a great sequel with wonderful songs and a fantastic cast. I'm very happy that Journey Back to Oz is available on DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Farrah on December 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This brings back memories, from over 10 years ago, from my happy "WIZARD OF OZ" filled child-hood. This is a wonderful, funny and cool cartoon. *SPOILER ALET* Dorothy is singing about how she misses OZ in a meadow when the storm her aunt and uncle were getting ready for, turns into a roaring black twister, and Dorothy is knocked unconscious by a swinging padock gate. the twister carries her body away (with TOTO) and they get spat out into munchkinland. Dorothy meets a cool signpost, when she decides to go visit the scarecrow who is king of the emerald city. She trips down into a little glen, and meets a pumpkinheaded man, hiding from his witch mistress "MOMBI". Dorothy meets Mombi and hears of her plan to conquer the Emerald City and throw the Scarecrow off his throne, by using a herd of giant magical green elephants...all new songs, all new characters (the old ones are there too) and AMAZING BACKDROPS) it's a little cheezey <it was the 1970's! what do you expect???> but it's a fantastic wonderful little show! it's hard to get...but see it! it tops ''RETURN TO OZ'' and definetly tops ''THE WIZ"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean Richards on October 6, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is old fashioned hand crafted animation at it's best. Sure it was made on a lower budget than Disney(most Filmation Animation was)but it is still lovingly crafted and charming. It also features a fifteen year old Liza Minnelli picking up where her mother left off. A must for Oz fans. Wonderful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Martin on April 10, 2008
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As everyone knows, Judy Garland first played the role of Dorothy in the 1939 masterpiece "The Wizard of Oz". In Journey Back To Oz the torch has been passed to her daughter Liza Minnelli. Even though Liza only does the voice work for Dorothy I think she did a great job with the character, and It's a treat that Margaret Hamilton returned to do another Oz film even though it was to portray Auntie Em. I remember that this film was broadcast on T.V. several times years ago and I was always there to enjoy it as a child. If you are an Oz fan I believe you'll love this movie and already have it as a part of your Oz collection. For those who are not Oz fans, but animation fans I'd recommend renting it first to see what you think of it. This film didn't do so well at the box office, but I feel that it has a cult following.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Finn-neuendorf on December 21, 2007
Format: DVD
this movie is all that and more
I saw this as a boy with my grandmother in the theater and later on TV.
I have always been a huge Ethel Merman fan and her Mombi is right on
the best song to me is an elephant never forgets.
this is a must see for any fan of the old classic cartoons
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. Turner on February 2, 2007
Format: DVD
A wonderful childhood memory with a unique collaboration of classic performers.

Story could have been better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I have since decided to avoid all the films created by Filmation Animation Studios, but this, a favorite from my childhood (I have it on a tape from 1981!), is the exception. True, some pieces haven't stood the test of time rather well, vocally (why is Margaret "Wicked Witch of the original movie" Hamilton doing as the voice of Auntie Em?) and plot-wise (the Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion would never cowardly turn their backs on their friend the Scarecrow!), but this animated sequel of the 1939 classic still possesses some of its charm intact. Critics would never approve of the songs, but I still listen and enjoy them (you can't go wrong when the voice talents of Ethel Merman, Rise Stevens, and Liza "daugther of Judy Garland playing her mother's role from the original as Dorothy" Minelli are singing them!). Overall, an entertaining romp and worthy sequel to the 1939 classic.
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