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Film Review - Oz the Great and Powerful

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After the raging success of 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” reworking, it makes sense to find Disney sniffing around for another literary property open for a high-tech update. Mixing the world created by author L. Frank Baum with the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oz the Great and Powerful” comes into view, and mercifully, a few lessons were learned after Tim Burton’s blockbuster fairy tale left many cold. While limping along in a few areas of production, the “Oz” rebirth/prequel/tribute is truly extravagant family entertainment, gifted an epic swell courtesy of director Sam Raimi, who manages a troubling balance of reverence and originality with style and sweetness. Obviously, it’s impossible to touch the Judy Garland perennial, yet Raimi manages to return to this well-worn fantasy world and find new notes to play, while retaining his unmistakable filmmaking interests in dented valiance and spooky developments. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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