Reviews and Problems with Oz The Great And Powerful
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Oz the Great and Powerful
Sound & Vision Magazine
31 October 2013
Excerpt: Curiously, the 3D edition is a standalone disc with Digital Copy, and the 2D version is a separate edition altogether with all the extras and bonus DVD. The 3D in both the black-and-white and color sequences is exemplary.
Excerpt: I had heard some positive things about Oz the Great and Powerful and some negative things. So I was very curious to see how it would stand up in the Family Friendly Gaming Nation. In case you were not aware, Oz the Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
Excerpt: According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter , the apparently tireless Wizard of Oz division of the Warner Bros. legal department recently filed oppositions with the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to quash such egregious brand-infringing registrations as an academic textbook on brain...
Conclusion: While Oz the Great and Powerful does not recreate the magic of MGM's untouchable 1939 musical, it does fit the bill as above average big budget contemporary family fantasy cinema. Considering the large margin of error hanging over this production, the entertaining results are quite satisfactory and...
Summary: In the end we get plenty of spectacle, but we must avoid looking at the man behind the curtain, because, the film fails to capture the heart and soul which has made The Wizard Of Oz such an endearing and enduring classic.
Conclusion: In my mind, there always will be only one 'Wizard of Oz,' but Disney's energetic prequel succeeds as a high-voltage kiddie action flick, nothing more. The rest of Sam Raimi's cluttered fantasy lacks whimsy and charm, and the entire enterprise is presented without much reverence or finesse.