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.
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.
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!
This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I liked the L Frank Baum books about Oz, and this one stuck a lot closer tonally to those than The Wizard of Oz (which was great for different reasons) by which I mean it's dark, weird and kind of disturbing. And the score by David Shire totally blows my gourd! I hunted it down on CD and it is so insanely good.