The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Animation Collection
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(Jun 01, 2004)
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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!
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.
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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A great childhood television series has been abridged in this boxed set. You just can't find the whole thing ANY where! Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by JUNEBUG51
Let me begin by saying this Japanese movie series beats the pants off the 1937 movie starring Judy Garland. Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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
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
I totally agree with the (1 star) reviewers above.
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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! BUY IT! Since I was a child I have always thought 'I wish that Oz cartoon would come back on'
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I watched this series as a kid every week day after school back in 1987! It was the best, I loved it! Read morePublished on July 7, 2007 by Isabell