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Oz The Great and Powerful 2013 PG CC

(2,670) IMDb 6.4/10
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The never-before-told fantastical adventure with an all-star cast.

James Franco, Mila Kunis
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Kids & Family
Director Sam Raimi
Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis
Supporting actors Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox, Stephen R. Hart, Abigail Spencer, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Tim Holmes, Toni Wynne, Rob Crites, William Dick, Gene Jones, John Lord Booth III, Suzanne Keilly, Shannon Murray
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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343 of 435 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Click on May 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Disney's prequel to the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz" is a feast for the eyes with many magical moments. It's beautifully photographed with some amazing special effects, including the sequence in which several of the characters travel via giant soap bubbles, and the scene in which the Wizard fits together the pieces of a broken china doll. The sets are amazing. It's clear that no expense was spared in the making of this film ... and yet, on some level, it fails to achieve the emotional resonance of the earlier film.

I think that "Oz, the Great and Powerful" suffers because we, as the audience, don't really have a central character to root for. In the 1939 film, the main focus was on Dorothy and her quest to return home; in the prequel, we don't have a genuine hero or heroine. The wizard is a bit of a greedy scoundrel throughout most of the film (and a womanizer to boot); the China Doll and the Monkey are just sidekicks, and none of the witches, not even Glinda the Good, is ever vulnerable enough to inspire much sympathy or concern. And so, without that one lovable lead character, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is reduced to a visually splendid but emotionally aloof blockbuster. It's definitely worth seeing ... kids will especially love all the color and action ... but it's not a classic for the ages like its predecessor.
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206 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Jenkins on April 15, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
UPDATE (6/14/2013): Refrain from buying the single 3D-disc version, because you have the option of purchasing the 3D disc for $5.99 on with the combo pack. I discovered this when I went online to get the digital copy with my combo pack. It is for a limited time though, so keep that in mind.

WARNING: ***SPOILER ALERT*** Some things discussed in this review could potentially spoil some of the film for those who have not yet seen it. Therefore, if you have not seen it, read onward at your own choice.

Okay, first thing is first: This review is NOT about the packaging decisions made by Disney for this set or their decision to sell the 3D version separately. I agree with most that it is corporate greed and is quite despicable, but that is not what I am here to review because most everyone can come to that conclusion themselves without people ranting about it endlessly in the reviews. No, this review is an actual critique of the film, so if you are here to get a sense of whether the film's (and thus this set's) actual content is something you're interested in, this review is for you. Naturally, I saw the film in theaters and am writing this review based upon my viewing of the film and observations made during that viewing. I shall attempt to go over the positives and negatives associated with the film in a fair way that can allow others who have not yet seen the film to draw their own conclusions from hopefully.

Before I get into specifics, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize that, given the material the film is coming from and the ENORMOUS shadow it had to work in from the 1939 film, one should not judge this film overly harshly.
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186 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Wiz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8, 2013
Making a prequel for such an iconic fantasy and beloved film as the Wizard of Oz at first glance seems like just more grist for the Hollywood mill, but said assumption couldn't be farther from the truth.

Oz the Great and Powerful (aka Oscar Diggs) is a magician in a small, traveling circus who is good at fooling an audience, most of the time, and sweet-talking the local ladies. The latter becomes a source of trouble as an angry boyfriend, who just happens to be the circus strong man, prompts Oscar's hasty departure from the troupe via a hot-air balloon and bad luck turns worse when it flies right into the path of a tornado. By some twist of fate, or divine intervention, Oscar finds himself not only alive but in a strange and beautiful land where magic is more than sleight of hand and its local residents, including three lovely witches, mistake him for a heroic wizard and either a potential savior or threat, depending on the point of view. Many people found in a similar situation would probably stumble around in denial and disbelief but Oscar is a performer of the first order and subsequently cons his way through just about every fantastic or difficult situation thrust upon him all the while struggling to suppress the true hero buried deep within.

James Franco in the lead role brings his usual intensity with a hint of gravitas, a healthy dose of light-heartedness and a smile that lights up the screen; he's utterly convincing and captivating as both con-artist and hero and I believe this role was perfect for him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Another reviewer said the China doll was the most interesting, empathetic character in this movie. I thought he was joking. Turns out, the reviewer was dead on. The China doll character is well animated and emotes more than the other characters combined.

The acting of the other characters brings this movie down. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the roles were miscast. For the Oz character, the movie really needed somebody with a lot of energy and confidence like Jack Black or Johnny Depp. James Franco just comes across as awkward. The witches aren't fully convincing, often coming across as bickering teens rather than larger-than-life characters.

This is also yet another movie where the CGI tends to hurt rather than harm the film. On its own, the CGI looks beautiful, but whenever a human is in the frame it only reinforces how fake it all seems. I could never actually believe that the humans were actually in Oz as opposed to in front of a green screen.

This isn't a horrible movie. The depiction of Oz is more wonderful than what we got with the original movie, so CGI worked in that respect. However, the problems with the acting and merging live actors with CGI makes me think any return to Oz should be a fully animated film rather than live action. Overall, 3.5 stars.
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