Return to Oz Screening and Discussion with Director Walter Murch
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The last date listed for Return to Oz was Sunday November 28, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Lawrence Lucero
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This screening was a very pleasant surprise, especially the discussion with the director and star. I enjoyed their insight into the process and conception. The film was very interesting and entertaining. I appreciated the inspiration from the books and did not mind that it was not a musical. I believe its shortcoming had to do with the lack of human-ness in Dorothy's new friends. The audience needs to be drawn to them and love them as much as the heroine to feel engaged. I had thought their coldness was due to the technically dominated special effects utilized to create these fantastical characters. Later, after George Lucas' name was brought into the discussion, I came to a realization that StarWars had tremendous success with two mechanical onscreen characters who were both very endearing and human-like, R2-D2 and C3PO. Little Miss Balk was a very sweet and intelligent Dorothy.
Quotes & Highlights
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Return to Oz, 1985, Buena Vista Pictures, 113 min. Legendary sound designer Walter Murch directs this pleasantly subtle and delightfully bizarre sequel to The Wizard of Oz. After a disturbing stint in a mental hospital, a cherubic Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets washed away to Oz, only to find it a changed place. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, a vain witch Mombi covets her walk-in chamber of human heads, and a nefarious Nome King has wreaked terror on the land. With the help of new friends (the adorable Tik Tok and hapless, affable Jack Pumpkinhead), Dorothy sets out once again to save Oz from seemingly insurmountable villains. [35mm]
Discussion following the film with director Walter Murch moderated by screenwriter Josh Olson.