A true worthy sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ, featuring some of the most amazing classic special effects ever put on the screen (shame, they don't make films like this anymore). Even better than THE WIZARD OF OZ, I'd say.
Even as a kid, I was deeply skeptical that anything could measure up to "Wizard of Oz". Regardless, I was completely entranced. It has a serious dose of light and darkness, never pandering to children yet still magical.
3.8 stars. Begins with twenty minutes of gothic horror only to become a child's guide to Heideggerian metaphysics starring the cast of Starlight Express... in Hell! In its higgledy-piggledy approach to plot, special effects and basic ontological stability it is far closer to the melancholy-wondrous spirit of Baum's books than the technicolour glitz of the MGM musical, even if that was a mite more suitable for kids!
Headless women, flying moose couches, tic-tock! I really liked the new characters they added into the film. A film that you can never get tired of. It was wonderful now on video, as it is now on dvd!! This is how sequels should be made.
I like this more then The Wizard of Oz. Still love it but this is way more my style. It's darker and somehow more believable. If this were made today it would probably look like poo. Everything would be CG, over the top, and sugar coated. Hurray for the disturbing 80's.
The great editor Walter Murch and cinematographer Freddie Francis have created a wonderfully dark and very close adaptation combining two of Baum's books. Very dark and alluring with Balk's emerald eyes mirroring the crumbling jeweled city. Love it and hope the new versions (yes, they're remaking the series) use this as a guide!