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. Depth of field is excellent with snowflakes and flowers hovering in the foreground while the action holds focus in the background.
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 injury titled If I Only Had a Brain , a California sandwich shop called Wicked 'Wiches, and a clothing line suggestively named Wizard of Azz, the latter of which must have...
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. We learn how the wizard comes to Oz.
Oz The Great and Powerful 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)
20 June 2013
Excerpt: When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
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 add up to one of Disney's strongest live-action films in a while.
Excerpt: There are certain things about modern Hollywood I will never understand. For example, the continued existence of studio execs who ONLY greenlight scripts because of their inherent recognition factor and guaranteed box office return (sequels, prequels, adaptations, re-imaginings), while leaving wildly original tales sitting on shelves or tossing them into trash cans.
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. Trust me when I tell you that no one will be talking about this movie in 8 years, let alone 80. It’s a rather sweet diversion with plenty of technical magic, but where is the real stuff? You can’t really blame the Warner lawyers for that oversight.