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Journey Back to Oz (1974)

Ethel Merman , Liza Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a much sought-after movie finally gets released on DVD... September 26, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful childhood favorite May 14, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! December 5, 2000
By Farrah
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed down from Mother to Daughter! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hand Crafted Animated Sequel October 6, 2009
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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.
Review submitted by James"alice fan"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must see DVD for all Oz fans December 21, 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Kiddie version of Return To Oz July 23, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This long awaited sequel to "The Wizard of Oz" may bore some adults who aren't hardcore fans of the original or aren't animation fans in general, but kids and adult Oz fans should be pretty well captivated. In the story, Dorothy returns to Oz in another storm, then quests to visit her friend the Scarecrow, King of Oz. She of course takes the Yellow Brick Road, where she and Toto encounter a witch and make new friends of Pumpkinhead and Woodenhead the Horse. The story plays a lot like the original, except with pretty bad songs. Very dated. Good celebrity voice talents help a bit though, such as Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli in her mom's role. The animation is cute, though not that impressive. It's a fun, retro romp if you're a loyal Oz fan. I ordered it because I always remembered seeing it as a kid, and, being a major Oz fan, I loved it back then. This review comes after I've seen it again as an adult. For my money, the 1985 Disney live-action film "Return To Oz" is the one to go with, but it's a dark film that some consider bordering on horror. This is the kiddie version of that film with a couple of the same characters. Anyway, the thing that bothered me about this video was that Dorothy's old friends weren't very eager to help her. No loyalty at all there! That's not how I imagined the Tinman and Lion to be! Overall, though, it's good. If you think you can handle it, get "Return to Oz" also (or instead), and, if you can, get the DVDs of the DIC animated series from 1990 that was strongly based on the classic MGM film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by amier al awadhi
5.0 out of 5 stars How completely brilliant is this??
Margaret Hamilton (the original Wicked Witch/Miss Gultch) voicing Auntie Em, Liza Menilli taking over her mother's role as Dorothy, and Mickey Rooney (who once dated Judy Garland)... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ScoobyDooMom
3.0 out of 5 stars The FIRST Oz movie sequal!
Beating out Disney's Return To Oz by over a decade, this fully-animated "sequal" to the original 1939 Wizard Of Oz movie was headed up by Filmation, the same studio that did dozens... Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by J. Alford
4.0 out of 5 stars only one person can sing a elephant never forgets
as Ethel can
sad I brought memories of the Saturday afternoon at Norwood cinema
Published on February 4, 2009 by richard walsh
To hear Lou Scheimer, Hal Sutherland, and Fred Ladd tell it (and they do prattle and yack on endlessly during a dotty DVD commentary track), you would think that "JOURNEY BACK TO... Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by DEWEY M.
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
Published on November 21, 2007 by Elfi Zilempe
3.0 out of 5 stars Journey Back to Oz
A wonderful childhood memory with a unique collaboration of classic performers.

Story could have been better.
Published on February 2, 2007 by Jack L. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice effort, but ultimately drags on too long
Journey Back to Oz is Filmation's first project, shelved in the 60s, completed in the 70s.

The first half of it is a classy production. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by J. E. Hoff
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