A documentary of the underrated 'Return to Oz,' including behind the scenes footage, discussion of how the movie came to be and its production and marketing struggles, and the famous filmmakers and more that were attached to it. There is footage of interviews with Fairuza Balk and Nicol Williamson, and of John Fricke (Oz Historian) interviewing the surviving munchkins, at Ozfest in 2006. There's also footage from 'The Mickey Mouse Club: Rainbow Road to Oz(1957) and more. It's also packed with clips, stills, book references and more from 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Return to Oz'. There are clips of movies that were somehow related to that genre and time.
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In 2007, recent film graduate Gabe Rodriguez began to make a fan documentary about this unusual film. The focus was intended to be not just a "Behind the Scenes" story, but a portrait of Oz fans, and a look at the lifespan of any film, from conception through premiere. See more
I don't think there's any question that Return To Oz has fans. But it's not a movie that the public even remembers exists for the most part. I've been asked countless times over the past decade or so "Why doesn't anyone ever make a big Wizard of Oz movie?" And I'll say: "Well, Disney tried in 1985." "Oh yeah..." "Oh... yeah." "Oh yeah." But there's no immediate recognition, there's no joy. The people who saw it just kind of put it out of their minds. Except for the people to whom ...
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, executive consultant on the film, recorded an interview but due to technical problems, the footage was not usable. Later, after the film had already been released, 'Gabe Rodriguez' found a way to make the footage work and then edited a new version with Pacentine's interview inserted throughout the film. However, Rodriguez only considers this second version to be a favor to Pacentine; the original released version is the true director's cut. See more
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