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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Animation Collection (1987)

Morgan Hallet , George Morris , Tim Reid  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Hallet, George Morris, Neil Shee, Richard Dumont, Steven Bednarski
  • Directors: Tim Reid
  • Writers: Tim Reid, Don Arioli, L. Frank Baum
  • Producers: Micheline Charest, Ronald A. Weinberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0001Z4P3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Lightyear Entertainment presents The Wizard of Oz Gift Set. A collection of four imaginative, feature-length fully-animated films adapted from the classic books by Frank L. Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the three sequels, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz and The Emerald City of Oz. Featured exclusively on HBO, this series transcends the limitations of live action film with its wonderful full animation and fanciful narration. This version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz contains scenes from the book not included in the MGM movie. Now reacquaint your family with some of the best loved characters ever to dance down the yellow brick road and into your heart in this colorful, timeless collection. Join Dorothy, her friends and all the new friends she'll meet as she continues her adventures in the Land of Oz.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By karLcx
For those hoping to find the wonderful TV series they grew up with, be very, VERY wary. This DVD set is NOT the entire TV series, as some may think it is.

I found this information online that will hopefully set the record straight: "Series of fifty-two 23 minute episodes based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Marvelous Land of Oz", "Ozma of Oz", and "The Emerald City of Oz". Edited to four 93 minute video tapes, one each four the four books." - and that's all this DVD set is. By my calculations, the entire TV series should go for nearly 1200 minutes, and this set obviously does NOT go for that long.

We should all try contacting Cinar in Canada or something to get the proper series onto DVD!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise on DVD, but Heavily Edited July 10, 2004
I was SO thrilled to find that the Wizard of Oz animation series had come to DVD, that I bought it as soon as I could. Here was another piece of my childhood that I could eagerly put in my shelf, in a convenient format.
Sadly, this is not the entire series uncut, at least as shown on HBO or Disney's Family Channel in the 80's. I consulted an old recording I had of "The Marvelous Land of Oz", and there were definitely more than a few scenes missing from the version I saw on air.
It's really a shame, since I remember the eagerness with which I e-mailed LightYear Productions a long time ago, with a request for this series to be put on DVD (with no reponse). It really is a good show, with great one-liners, voice acting and art. It's probably good enough to entertain younger kids who won't know they're missing anything, but for the discerning collector of animation and 80's television, the amount of editing done is disheartening and unacceptable.
Which is not even mentioning the technical flaws of this release. While the picture quality is decent, the image jitters and jumps, and the sound continuously fades in and out - forcing the viewer to have the remote handy for raising and lowering the volume. There is no captioning option for the hearing impaired.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative License...Oz Style. June 24, 2004
Collected together in this cute box set; "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Marvelous Land of Oz", "Ozma of Oz", and "The Emerald City of Oz" are all unfaithful yet fun version of their literary counterparts. Created in the late 80's, these cartoons definately fall short of today's computer aided offering...but still hold a unique charm that stems from the source material. Beginning with "The Marvelous Land of Oz" the stories stray far from the stories (with Dorothy not even appearing in the book "The Land of Oz" but playing a huge part in this version) with "Ozma of Oz" being the biggest offender of the bunch (not much of the original story is left here kiddos). The voice acting is well suited and the animation is typical of its time. Die hard fans of the "Oz" mythology beware...but nonetheless, these movies are entertaining and a definate treat for children.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinar's Oz Cartoon - From TV to Video to DVD July 9, 2006
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I remember watching this series on TV when I was little, along with many other animes, Oz and not, and I'm glad to have this japanese take of Oz on DVD. I used to borrow videos of 'Wonderful Wizard' and 'Emerald City' when the store/s were open, and of course they're gone now, but that's why I'm grateful for the DVD Collection, even in its *not so good* condition (I'm working on the reviews for the individual DVDs). One of the best things about this animation is that some of it not only goes back to the original books, but some of its characters' appearances pays homage/is modelled after previous Oz (e.g. Tin Woodman is fat just like Oliver Hardy in 1925, Scarecrow's arms are lined up just like Denslow, Lion resembles the costumes worn on stages and in the silent films, Emerald City is white because of the White City in 1893's World Columbian Exposition in Chicago which inspired Baum's Emerald City, etc. - the streets and houses are own the lower level, while the Palace is at the top). As for the designs for the Witches of Oz, they were GREAT!! Glinda (despite being pale and blue all over intsead of red-and-white) looks just like Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, which matches her personality perfectly, the Good Witch of the North and Mombi were both well thought up, the East Witch took up the dark cloak with pointy hat and the Wicked Witch of the West, possibly modelled after the 1973-4 Russian Stop-Motion animated version (which I wish I got the DVD of earlier), with her fingerless gloves, long bushy white hair with red streaks, thick black dress with occassional hood, long pointy red shoes and pale skin, was PERFECT!! Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too heavily edited! February 23, 2010
Like most reviewers I also agree that this series was the best cartoon adaption produced based on the L Frank Baum books. From the classic style of animation and brilliant theme "Searching for a Dream"

However these 'mini films' have been created by condensing between 18 (first book) and 14 (latter 3 books) 22 minute episodes into 93 minute films. Despite the fact most of the action is missing, the editing of it is extremely poor meaning the films do not flow properly and while watching the story feels obviously rushed.

To be honest these should never have been released. Instead it should have been 4 individual boxsets/2 disc sets containing all 52 episodes. However if it's worth picking up if you want to see this version now and cannot wait for a complete set which may never happen.

I gave this release 2 stars. One because I love this cartoon and the other because it's a boxset of all 4 films together in a set. A boxset of all 52 episodes would have received 5 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE WHOLE SERIES
A great childhood television series has been abridged in this boxed set. You just can't find the whole thing ANY where! Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by JUNEBUG51
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the Wizard of Oz
Let me begin by saying this Japanese movie series beats the pants off the 1937 movie starring Judy Garland. Read more
Published on September 16, 2010 by Jessica McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories.
I loved this cartoon as a child and I still do as an adult. Got me through some troubled times. Thanks Dorothy.
Published on May 7, 2010 by Jason W. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!
The complete animated Wonderful Wizard of Oz... totally took me back to when I was a kid. Great box set.
Published on May 4, 2010 by Mr. Tristan N. Kemp
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete?? A big lie!!!
I totally agree with the (1 star) reviewers above.

I am a big fan of this series when first aired and purchased the DVD collection straight. Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by A. K. Alromaithi
5.0 out of 5 stars OZ Cartoon Anime from childhood. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! BUY IT! Since I was a child I have always thought 'I wish that Oz cartoon would come back on'
I loved it as it stayed true to the Frank Baum books which... Read more
Published on March 5, 2008 by Sky S. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Reigns!!
I watched this series as a kid every week day after school back in 1987! It was the best, I loved it! Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by Isabell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad: Close But No Cigar
These are the movie versions of the Japanese animated series Oz no Maho Tsukai from 1984. The series ran fifty-two episodes in its original format and covers four of the Baum Oz... Read more
Published on June 4, 2007 by Nicholas David Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait
This was my favourite show as a kid - i just ordered it - my first purchase of anything over the internet - cant wait!
Published on March 24, 2007 by V. Volpe
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Was a very good treatment and also was quite fast. The conditions of the product were great.
Published on January 6, 2007 by Salvador Garcia Luque
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Where can we get the WHOLE series?
Looks like you can download all the 52 episodes on YouTube. They have it in two volumes at $30 each.
May 7, 2013 by xstitchgarden |  See all 3 posts
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