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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 (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paulie Rojas, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara
  • Directors: Leigh Scott
  • Format: 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 (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZCWU8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,965 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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42 of 50 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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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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8 of 9 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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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE WORST!! SAVE YOUR MONEY! April 2, 2012
Format:DVD
Saw this last night on Encore Family..3 1/2 hours I will never get back.You will not need sleeping pills if you try and watch this.. Save your money and your time...watch the original "THE WIZARD OF OZ"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 days 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 17 days ago by Laura Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Buying this movie...
I never watched this movie before until it came in the mail and I watched it with my 5 year old daughter in high hopes that this would be a nice spin off movie. Nope... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy
1.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly, atrociously, laughably bad
To begin with, I have read all the 14 original Oz books by L. Frank Baum. I also have as many of the subsequent (30 or so) books written by other authors that are still available... Read more
Published 2 months ago by History Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I loved it. It was a very good movie and incorporated stuff from the original movie and Return to Oz
Published 2 months ago by Crystal Curl
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witches Of Oz
This is a rely good movie but it has nothing rely to do with the wizard of oz set .
Published 2 months ago by Leeon Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars great job
this vender I have ordered stuff from for yeaRS they do a great job and merchandise is always here when they say or before it was a Christmas present
Published 3 months ago by Jim Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not memorable
I saw this Oz movie after "Oz the Great and Powerful" which was the wrong thing to do. It was ok for what it was. I won't keep the dvd. I'll give it to the local library.
Published 3 months ago by lordoflies
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches of Oz
I have been looking for this movie for almost a year. I saw part of it on tv and could not find it anywhere. I finally found it on Amazon. It is a very good movie for Oz fans.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah R. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good "little people"...
This movie seems to never have found the right audience?
There have been "more cool" modernizations of OZ in recent years,
but this one kind of stuck to Kansas... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roger Bagula
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