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The Witches of Oz [Blu-ray] (2011)

Paulie Rojas , Billy Boyd , Leigh Scott  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paulie Rojas, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara
  • Directors: Leigh Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZCWU8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) is a simple girl in rural Kansas who writes children's books based on the land of Oz created by her grandfather. Her mundane life is turned upside down when she receives an offer from a big New York agency to represent her books. In New York, Dorothy soon realizes her books, and her grandfather's stories, are based in reality. The magical world of Oz and all of its inhabitants are very real and they are coming to New York City! Dorothy and her friends are the only ones who can stop the evil Wicked Witch of the West and her plans for global domination. Also starring Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara, Lance Henriksen, Christopher Lloyd.

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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All the witches (spoilers) February 24, 2012
Format:DVD
I had high hopes for this miniseries, After all, "Tin Man" is one of my favorite miniseries ever, and this one stars Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Jeffrey Combs and Christopher Lloyd.

Sadly, "The Witches of Oz" is a massive misfire right from the beginning -- it tries to be both an epic, intense adventure story and a kid-friendly all-you-need-is-love fairy tale at the same time. Lloyd, Boyd and a handful of other actors do what little they can to salvage the story, but the hammy acting, bad CGI and slapworthy ending make it impossible.

Budding writer Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) is stunned when prominent agent Billie Westbrook (Eliza Swenson) develops an interest in the Oz books she's been writing with her friend Allen (Ari Zagaris). Dorothy and Allen move to New York City, unaware that the Wicked Witch of the West and her head-swapping minion Princess Langwidere (Mia Sara) are plotting against her.

Specifically, they want a key to a magic book which Dorothy had when she returned from Oz many years ago. But Dorothy has forgotten about her time in Oz, so she can't remember where she put the key. Along with Allen, her new buddy Bryan (Barry J. Ratcliffe) and love interest Nick (Boyd), she must find the key before the Witch has a chance to take over all worlds.

"The Witches of Oz" is a schizophrenic mess of a story. It wants to be a big, dark save-the-world story, but it also wants to be a kiddie-friendly family film. Even worse, it seems to have been made up as it went -- foreshadowing comes to naught (Nick's identity), important items go unmentioned until they're needed, and random characters pop out of the woodwork without warning.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy and the Witches of Oz April 19, 2012
Format:DVD
Disclaimer: This is a review of the director's cut entitled "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz," which isn't available for purchase yet on Amazon. It was just out in select theaters. I received a screener for review.

The story follows Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas), a children's author continuing the Oz series. After her uncles death back in Kansas, Dorothy discovers that her stories were not from her imagination but from her own experiences in Oz. Now, the evil witches are in New York and looking for a key that Dorothy hid as a child. Only Dorothy and her friends can stop the Wicked Witch of the West from destroying both Oz and this reality.

Based on L. Frank Baum's books not the popular film starring Judy Garland, fans will notice the additional characters right away. And Dorothy's slippers are silver not Garland's ruby red. Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard was my biggest reason for seeing the film. He was fantastic. But I was happy to see other known faces as well such as Sean Astin and Ethan Embry as the cute, funny, and miniature Frick and Frack. And Jeffrey Combs has a brief but memorable performance as Dorothy's heartbroken father. Paulie Rojas as Dorothy is a bit wooden, but her sweetness and innocence is believable. And Eliza Swenson as Billie Westbrook was pure fun to watch in her complex role.

At first I was confused about the target audience. The mood seemed darker and suddenly violent, until I realized all of the action and fight scenes were stylized. Some of the monstrous creatures might be a bit scary for young children, but it's still only rated PG and is certainly a family movie.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witches of Oz March 4, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This movie isn't perfect, but it has a lot going for it. It is nearly three hours long, but that's because it's an edited version of a two-part mini-series that aired in the United Kingdom. So, the editing causes the story to be a little hard to follow in the middle.

Acting: 7/10
Special Effects: 6/10
Story: 8/10
Costumes/Make-up: 7/10
Editing: 6/10

TOTAL: 34/50 (68% D)

There is a theatrical cut of the movie (re-named "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz") that's being released in select U.S. theaters as well, and it's a big improvement on this version. The theatrical cut is an hour shorter, has improved visual effects, and fifteen minutes of added footage. The editing and sound is much better in that version, too. So, if you weren't satisfied with this version, I can assure you that the theatrical is much better and easier to sit through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of your Time and your Money! April 21, 2012
Format:DVD
This movie had potential, until you watch it. The story line has too many holes, the acting is B rated at best, all of the large named actors have small parts. There are terrible action sequences, and the make up or special effects are not great. The Wicked Witch of course had the best make up, and the Tin Man was the best special effect, but that left a lot to be desired on the rest of this film. It seemed like a hodge podge of a production. Do yourself a favor and walk away before you spend your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas, but the Low Budget Held It Back May 22, 2012
Format:DVD
I caught a few minutes of the second part of The Witches of Oz on an Encore channel the other day, where I saw a taxi floating in the air inside of a bubble while the wicked witch and her monkeys are causing chaos in the streets of New York. The scene caught my interest, but I had to leave at the time and the movie wasn't going to be on again. Luckily, I happened to stumble upon it for under ten dollars and of course I had to buy it. Little did I know that the movie was 164 minutes! After a little googling, I found out it was original intended as a mini-series, but ended up being cut down to 100 minutes with 15 minutes of new special effects added and released to a limited (very limited) run in theaters earlier this year. Why in the world would they send the longer version to DVD and to Encore?

The Witches of Oz is set in our time and involves twenty-something Dorothy Gale getting a publishing contract for her OZ children stories; therefore she leaves her family farm and heads to New York. As strange situations occur, Dorothy's memory slowly returns and so do the evil Wicked Witch and her followers (Princess Langwidere, Nome King, an army of Winked Monkeys and a powerful dragon.). Soon Dorothy's friends from Oz return too, including Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Frick & Frack, the good witches, and Oz himself, as they try to help her defeat the wicked witch once and for all.

The plot sounds interesting and with such talented actors as Billy Boyd, Jeffery Combs, Sean Austin, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara, Lance Henriksen and Christopher Lloyd, one would think this movie had a chance of being good. But after watching nearly three hours I was left with mixed feelings and some confusion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SO/SO
This movie was ok. It was fun to watch. Once lol. A little weird. And some very poor acting. If I had it to do over again I wouldn't have wasted me money. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WIZARD OF OZ REDUX?
I am a rabid Wiz of Oz fan and have been so since I was tiny. I have almost the entire library of the Oz books, both from Baum and
many other later authors (quality varies... Read more
Published 19 days ago by JEROME W, MARTIN
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy to have it in my
I'm happy to have it in my collection
Published 26 days ago by santiago d garza
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My kids liked it, but as an adult, I thought it was a bit hoaky.
Published 1 month ago by S. T. Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a must see movie, save your money
I hadn't heard anything about this movie and after viewing it I totally understand why. It is a little low quality even for made for TV standards. Read more
Published 2 months ago by French
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Could Have Been Better
I don't know if it was poor writing or not enough money, but this movie could have been soooooo much better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RT
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I love anything about the land of Oz. Enjoyable movie to watch. The kids liked it and keeps their attention.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars wizard of oz
not exactly what i thought the movie was about. it was a good movie and we enjoyed watching it through
Published 4 months ago by Viola Soffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
I was glad to find this movie. Love Sean Astin. Thank you very much for helping me to decide to get this.
Published 4 months ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars lost no where near oz
was longer than needed to be.
Did have good revising of her
Story. Real cute here and there
Had some fun in it.
Published 5 months ago by Laura Johnson
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