Oz The Great and Powerful breathes life into the classic film for a new generation of fans. The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz are both cool movies, with the first being a classic and the latter being a blend of fairy tale and thriller. Everyone can remember their first time watching The Wizard of Oz. As a kid I recall watching it for the first time on one of the annual re-runs on TV. I was captivated by the characters and the switch from black and white to color. My favorite character was the Cowardly Lion. The film has held up to the test of time over the years, and is still a film I enjoy watching whenever I see it is on TV.
Sam Raimi has created a modern-day classic that I think will hold up for years to come. I watched it in theaters with my wife, and was not heavily impressed for my first viewing. Watching it on Blu-ray a second time I enjoyed it more.
For those of you unaware, the story follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a shady circus magician who goes on the run and is transported from Kansas to the Land of Oz. He is able to con the people into believing he is the Wizard of Oz. This is perfect for Oscar because his goal is to be a great and powerful man. Everything looks great for until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced that he is really the all powerful Oz. Instead of running away, Oscar reluctantly agrees to help the people of Oz by using his magic and illusions. To find out if he has what it takes to save the day you will have to watch the Blu-ray for yourself.
The movie looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray. I actually felt more immersed in the film while watching it on my TV. The 1080p/AVC conversion is makes the colors pop off of the screen. Disney has given this Blu-ray a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track that allowed me to hear the more of the film than I did in theaters.
If you did not see Oz The Great and Powerful on the big screen, I recommend you check it out on Blu-ray. It is a fun film for the whole family.
Here are the special features:
- The Magic of Oz the Great and Powerful
- Walt Disney and the Road to Oz
- My Journey in Oz, by James Franco
- China Girl and the Suspension of Disbelief
- Before Your Very Eyes: From Kansas to Oz
- Mr. Elfman’s Musical Concoctions