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Oz the Great and Powerful Options
Xylob
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 4:37:51 PM

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Has anybody here seen this yet?

I went yesterday and thought it was fantastic.
As soon as the end credits started rolling I turned to my wife and said "I want to see that again.".

One of the very best parts? NOT a musical.

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Saw it yesterday. Thought it was very entertaining.
Curious in what Disney's plans are now, there obviously going to make money on this movie and you know they can't leave well enough alone.
Do they plan on remaking the original Wizard of Oz movie, if they plan on continuing the series and perhaps adapting the books, they would almost have to.
Even though this movie was an original story.

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Stupid question time. My wife is from China and has never seen the Wizard of Oz. Is this a movie she would enjoy on it's own or do you need to know the back story?



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I've been curious about this movie since I first heard about it. Probably going to see it soon. So far the reviews have been mixed, but I really don't care about what other people say about movies - I like to judge it myself. Very happy to hear that it is not a musical.

I read somewhere that Franco had signed up for two or more movies, maybe it's just options? And there is plenty of material out there. 14 total novels written by L. Frank Baum. set in Oz. I simply must read "Queer Visitors From the Marvelous Land of Oz" an early newspaper comic strip.

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comicscastle wrote:
Stupid question time. My wife is from China and has never seen the Wizard of Oz. Is this a movie she would enjoy on it's own or do you need to know the back story?


You don't need to know anything about the old movie apparently. Of course there will be nuggets for fans of the original but it is designed as a stand alone, introductory type of thing. A prequel actually. Hope you both enjoy it!

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Disney originally wanted to do a remake of The Wizard of Oz, but could not secure the rights. I'm assuming that means they couldn't secure the rights to ANY of the original novels, which is why they opted for an original prequel story of their own.
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Wait a minute, I thought that Disney was all-powerful. How come they can't get the rights? Just send the mouse and duck over. That'll take care of things real fast.

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I found the movie very boring! The entire movie is just a giant set up for a sequel. I normally dont go to movies due to the price of 5 people but heard this one was one of those must see in theater, wrong. I found nothing special about it being on big screen. I would save money and wait till it hits Bluray.

I also hated the casting of Glenda.

Even the special effects weren't that great for spending 300mil on the movie.

The only redeeming part of the movie is I dint fall asleep, which is a plus.


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I did not like it..and I did not hate it. Maybe the not hating it had something to do with all that leather they had Mila Kunis in...



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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:24:09 AM

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fenix1977 wrote:
something to do with all that leather they had Mila Kunis in...


LMAO
I missed about 10 minutes of the movie while my mind drifted off wondering how she go those pants on ........................................................................................................... damn mind wandered off again.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:52:17 AM

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Thundercron wrote:
Disney originally wanted to do a remake of The Wizard of Oz, but could not secure the rights. I'm assuming that means they couldn't secure the rights to ANY of the original novels, which is why they opted for an original prequel story of their own.
Negative Ghost Rider - too close for missiles, switching to guns.
Certain things from the first movie are copyrighted trademarks of WB like the ruby slippers, all of the songs, the specific shade of green on the witches skin, her freakin' chin wart (of all things!), some other stuff...
but ALL of the books are in the public domain.
The original movie was actually an adaptation that took heavy liberties - Disney can certainly do their own adaptation of the book that the original movie came from.
because the original movie was fairly different from the book, Disney would have to make sure theirs was also similarly dis-similar from the movie.
they could waste time and money dicking around to make sure their movie was different from WBs (or *gasp* just stick more to the book) or adapt one of the other books. Apparently, this new movie is very loosely adapted from L. Frank Baum's work.
I haven't read any of the original books, but they're all at the top of my list now.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:06:46 AM

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I took my daughter and wife to see it on Easter. It was ok but I think it was made to only be seen in 3D to get the full effect. We saw it in 2D and my daughter started to fall asleep until the China Doll character was introduced. I guess she could now relate to something in the movie. I could not get the whole witch/sister thing and not knowing who was the good or bad in the beginning was a waste. They should have added a witch of the south. Glida’s father did not rule Oz either. The water/tears should not have burned the witch of the west’s face until she turned evil. If that that is the case then Glinda’s face should have burned when she cried when she thought the wizard died.
It was an ok movie but it had many holes in the story.


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I thought the movie was OK. I took my 7 year old daughter to see it and she thought it was great.

The story was a little hokey, but so are the original books, but the special effects were great. I liked Michelle Williams the best out of the witches and I have trouble taking Mila Kunis seriously in a movie for some reason. Although the leather pants were great!

As for not having seen the original and seeing this one.

It's not necessary, but I highly advise is. The movie stands on its own but there are some things that are nods to, and plant the seeds for, the original.

Oh and the original movie is almost nothing like the book. It's basically the characters, the location, and the central idea. So, if Disney wanted too, they could make a version faithful to the book. But I bet they were afraid to because the original movie is so loved the way it is. They were probably worried that such a radical departure from the original would fall flat on it's face.



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I thought the visuals were excellent, and overall it was pretty good.





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I am a major fan of anything Oz and I thought it was pretty good. I took my girlfriend to see it and she hasn't seen the original but she said she enjoyed this one. I understand comments about Kunis' performance and I agree....I couldn't take her seriously as a Wicked Witch....her voice isn't right for it. Sequel wise- I heard that it is indeed planned to turn it into a franchise again but they don't want to touch the original, at least not yet. They say they have 20 years in Oz to still explore before the original and a lot can happen in that time. But otherwise this was a good movie and I recommend it especially if you have seen the original because there are some cool nods if you pay attention :)



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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013 10:05:47 AM

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This was a great movie. The visuals were just awesome. Franco is not my favorite actor,but I thought he did a good job.

Mila Kunis, Drooling ...even green.



Smallville95 wrote:
I am a major fan of anything Oz


Here too. Wizard is one of my favorite movies. The books too. Over the years I've been trying to get my hands on anything Oz I can.

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