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“Oz: The Great and Powerful” brief review…

So I finally saw, “Oz: The Great and Powerful” on DVD last night. It was a Netflix DVD rental. This film is the prequel to the original 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz” directed by Victor Fleming and based upon the book by L. Frank Baum.

My thoughts on, “Oz: The Great and Powerful”… I thought the film did a pretty good job explaining the original film; however, the script was a mess. Yes, this new film was based upon the Oz books ’cause remember they were a series of novels. Sam Raimi was pretty faithful to the stories but there was something missing with the script and needed a little improvement. The dialogue was a bit of a mess and the acting wasn’t that great either. I thought James Franco was pretty annoying and they should have used a better choice of an actor for Oz.

I was actually most impressed with Mila Kunis who played the Wicked Witch of the West. Mila was the best part of the movie. She was pretty sexy as hell in the film with or without the witch costume & makeup. Mila made a sexy Wicked Witch even in the green skin. Mila did a great job playing her.

After watching the movie, I can see why Disney wanted Sam Raimi to direct this movie ’cause they wanted this movie to be kind of scary and they knew that Raimi has horror experience. A lot of material in this reminded me so much of the “Evil Dead” movies, for sure. I’ve always liked Sam Raimi’s directing style. He’s unique and different. Even though this is a high budget movie, Sam still has some of his B-movie directing in this film.

Some of this movie is pretty entertaining, though. The film has a lot of action and quite a bit of violence in it. Sam did an okay job making Oz having a love for magic and turning him into an evil wizard when he’s not really.

With all this being said, I thought the film was okay. Nothing all that great and nothing amazing. I just wish they didn’t make it so similar to the original film. After I watched this film last night, I thought to myself, “Was this a remake or a prequel”? I looked at it as a remake ’cause almost every scene was pretty much the same from the original film. If you wanna call it a prequel, then make it a prequel… don’t make it similar. I hate it when prequels do that. George Lucas didn’t do that with the Star Wars movies… he made those prequels totally different stories.

The original “Wizard of Oz” movie with Judy Garland is one of my favorite films. I’ve seen that movie too many times ever since I was a child and still love that film. It’s a classic indeed and honestly that film doesn’t need prequels, remakes or sequels. It should have been left alone ’cause if you make it a prequel, you’re just ruining the mysterious part of the story. It takes the magic out of it, know what I mean?

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” was alright. It’s nothing I’ll watch over and over again. It’s still worth checking out, though!

Kev

Warner Bros. to release 3D version of “Wizard of Oz” to BluRay next Fall…

Warner Bros. will be celebrating their big 90 year anniversary, next year, and they have a few big announcements. The first one, is that they are releasing the 1939 family classic, “The Wizard of OZ”, converted to 3D and fully restored, coming to BluRay sometime next Fall.

Plus Warner Bros. will also be releasing a 100 of their films in a box set, and a 50 film version DVD set. Both sets will have various Warner Bros. films they have released over the years. All of this is part of their 90 year celebration.

More on the story, here.

Cool stuff. Their Best of Collections would be too pricey to me, but I’ll probably get the “Wizard Of Oz” 3D Blu Ray. Hopefully they include the 3D glasses along with it. I am now interested in the “Wizard of Oz” in 3D BluRay.Seeing “Wizard of Oz” in 3D could be pretty cool. “Wizard Of Oz” has always been one of my favorite too.

Congrats to Warner Bros. on 90 years. I respect their legacy and history. They’re the guys that brought us the Looney Tunes and all the Superhero movies. We should thank them for the entertainment.

Kev

Report: Leonardo Dicaprio buys red slippers from “Wizard of Oz” for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures…

Love Leo Dicaprio or hate him, this makes him a really good guy for this. Leo buys, the red slippers you see in the photo above that were worn by Judy Garland in the legendary film, “The Wizard of Oz”. There were 4 slippers used, and one pair was used for the close up shot seen in the pic above. Leo wasn’t alone on spending money for the slippers, he had help with Steven Spielberg and other donors.

Of course, they wouldn’t reveal how much the slippers are worth (so they wouldn’t attract thieves). They are probably worth a fortune, so I can’t blame Leo for having other people help out. Those slippers are pretty historic and they deserve to be in a museum or some sorts.

Read this press release, here.

Kev

Report: Sam Raimi in talks to direct “Wizard of Oz” prequel…

Now that Sam Raimi is done with Spiderman for good, what’s next for him now? He’s already signed on to “World of Warcraft” live action movie which will be adapted from the popular PC game. Now he is getting close to signing a deal to direct the “Wizard of Oz” prequel, “Oz, The Great and Powerful” by Disney. This one will tell a story of how the Wizard from the original film lands in Oz, the same area where Dorothy visited.

More on it here:

http://www.collider.com/2010/06/11/sam-raimi-oz-the-great-and-powerful-disney/

So you ask, is a “Wizard of Oz” prequel necessary? I would say, yes. There is more to that story to be told. If you think a prequel is ridiculous, you can create more stories with “Wizard of Oz” just as you can with “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”. There are plenty of other books that has done other stories based on “Wizard of Oz”. I would say, “Wicked” for starters, perfect example, the Broadway musical. The Sci-Fi channel has done plenty of “Wizard of Oz” stuff.

I wonder if we’re going to see the characters of the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man in the Sam Raimi version of “Oz”? Yep, I bet we’re probably going to see those characters again. We won’t see the return of Dorothy of course, ’cause Sam wouldn’t like the idea of Judy Garland being replaced. It can’t happen…but we might get a reference or two of Dorothy in the film, who knows.

I think Sam doing his take on “Oz” is an interesting idea, I’m all for it. I hope Sam signs to it. Oh yeah, wouldn’t it be badass if Bruce Campbell played the Wizard? You know Bruce would be involved with the film somehow, either leading role or cameo.

Kev