Return To Oz

 (4,871)
6.71 h 49 min1985X-RayPG
Dorothy finds that her old friends have been turned to stone.
Directors
disney
Starring
Nicol WilliamsonJean Marsh
Genres
SuspenseHorrorKidsFantasyAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
Watchlist
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Producers
Colin Michael KitchensGary KurtzPaul Maslansky
Studio
WDP
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Other formats

Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

4871 global ratings

  1. 81% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

MelodyReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
So dark and twisted. I love it!
Verified purchase
I know they got away with a lot of twisted and dark movies in the 80's and if you were lucky enough to grow up within a 10 year span of these movies, you probably experienced nightmares from these movies more than once. Return To Oz is top shelf warped imagination at it's best! Those Wheelers and their laugh still haunt me today.
The movie has a very broken down carnival look and feel to it which adds more to the unsettling environment. From the squeaky wheels of the hospital bed slowly moving it's way closer to snatch you away to a room where electric charged headphones await to erase your memories, to Mombi's heart stopping and yet exquisite wardrobe of perfect decapitated head collection. This is just in the first 25 minutes.
I absolutely love how they nailed the costumes, makeup, and mannerisms from the book. It's really hard for me to grasp that this is a Disney film. I still love it today and I can't look away.
7 people found this helpful
Christoph64Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
This isn't your Grandmother's OZ.
Verified purchase
While the movie takes some artistic liberties with the OZ story, it is well done. The special effects are pre-computer graphics and so there is stop motion and other old style effects that I enjoyed seeing. Pumpkinhead and Tic-Tok are especially well done. I wonder how long it took the actors playing the Wheelers, with wheels in place of hands and feet, to learn how to skate on all fours? They made it look natural. All the main actors do a fine job, especially the girl who plays Dorothy. I did think though that OZMA was portrayed a little blandly. Return to OZ is remarkably different than Judy Garland's classic. But that's fine. It stands on it's own merits.
I've been reading the original 15 book series for the first time since my childhood and the books and illustrations are as good as I remember. You can get the entire 15 book series, with illustrations and introductions by Frank Baum, on kindle for 3 bucks. Look for, "Wizard of Oz Illustrated Series: 15 Books..." It's a good trip down the yellow brick memory lane.
10 people found this helpful
Veritas VeritatisReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy sequel that stands on it's own.
Verified purchase
Amazing fantasy movie and a great sequel to the classic "Wizard Of Oz".
It stands on it's own as a sequel...differentiating itself radically from its predescessor.
The aesthetic is much different and it is not a musical.
The pre-CGI special effects are great, including a mind-blowing claymation sequence.
The non-human characters, some familiar, appear more like the book illustrations...good job.
Dorothy is a little girl as in the book...not a young adult as in Wizard...good job again.
This is a horror movie that will scare children, just as the wicked witch and the flying monkees did in Wizard.
Much like "Dark Crystal", this is a movie that both children and adults can enjoy.
Trivia:
Fairuza Balk fans will enjoy seeing one of their favorite actresses in her first role as Dorothy.
First movie that Disney used it's now well-known intro.
8 people found this helpful
Stewart AlexanderReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enchantingly bleak, but wonderous movie
Verified purchase
Strange, frightening, odd, but also enchanting film.

Bleak, odd, but also beautiful & fantastic set; it's up there with "The Never Ending Story" in terms of how fantastic the sets are … Princess Mambi's castle with its polished - everything - is both wonderous and very spooky …

Theme nicely demonstrates the conquering power of hope, friendship & perseverance.

The practical effects are really amazing, considering when this is made.

The story is about greed & the corruptive influence of power & how it abliitterated and decayed the beauty of Oz; the urban decay of Emerald City is heartbreaking.

Little kids could be utterly spooked by the freakish nightmare Oz has become, but its worth seeing regardless for older kids of all ages.
19 people found this helpful
Mark N.Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
" Return to Oz" is a little dark but enjoyable telling of the classic Wizard of Oz books.
Verified purchase
The original movie " The Wizard of Oz" from 1939 with Judy Garland has yet to be equaled and in my opinion all of the versions of Oz that came after (with the exception of "Oz the great and powerful") are pretty much dark and gloomy. I understand that the times and film technology have changed and you can only retell a story so many times before it either becomes too stale or lost in its own hubris or a lack thereof. This movie is a little different. It starts out bleak, almost Gothic but will win you over. Fairuza Balk is Dorothy Gale and she gives a really good performance in. Three of the main Oz characters in this movie that you didn't see in the 1939 movie are "Jack Pumpkin head" " Tik Tok" and "Gump". In the beginning Dorothy, who continues to insist that there is an actual place called "OZ", is sent to an asylum. She is there to get Electroshock treatment in hopes that it will end her obsession and insistence that there really is a place called Oz. An electrical storm short circuits the machine that will be used to shock her. She flees the treatment room and escapes the asylum with the help of a ghost-like image of a young girl, who you later discover is Princess "Ozma" , the daughter of the King of Oz who preceded the Wizard. Ozma is the rightful ruler of Oz who has been imprisoned in mirrors . Fleeing the asylum they run towards a river, fall into its swift moving water and escape their female captor. Dorothy wakes up alone, except she is accompanied by her favorite farm chicken named Billina, who now has the ability to talk. (Billina seems to be an afterthought but in the end serves a huge purpose) and in order to avoiding stepping in the "Deadly Desert" sand that surrounds the magical continent of Oz, Dorothy has to step from rock to rock to reach that grassy area. In this version there aren't painted backgrounds to depict the land of Oz. Instead, actual outdoor scenery is the backdrop, which was a little disappointing. The plot in this version is that Dorothy is transported to Oz and discovers its been devastated, almost in complete ruins. There she meets Tik Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead and they must escape Mombi, an evil sorceress who has a gallery of heads that she can interchange for her own. The three of them fly cross the Deadly Desert by using an old couch, palm prongs, rope and an elk-like trophy head called Gump that is brought to life by using a magical powder. Mombi follows with her minions, called the Wheelers, by using an underground tunnel to avoid the Deadly Desert. Dorothy, Billina, Jack, Tik Tok and Gump fly across the desert for a long time and eventually their make shift flying couch comes apart. They all fall from the sky, landing on a mountain and there they discover it is owned by the Gnome king and are taken underground. The Gnome King's actions, which are really well done, are part stop-motion claymation and also an actual actor in costume. The only way to get the Gnome King to free them, Gump, Jack and Tik Tok are sent to a huge room and are turned into objects. Next Dorothy must go to that same room and she has three chances to find and free the three of them by touching objects that she thinks might be them and then must say the word "Oz" if she chooses correctly they turn back into their former selves. If she chooses wrong, she will be turned into and object. I have to say that the ending is pretty good. Although "Return to Oz" didn't get the best of reviews on amazon, I really enjoyed and recommend this movie !!
2 people found this helpful
Dean WallReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love the WORTHY SEQUEL, Hate the Amazone Prime intangible product PRICE!
Verified purchase
Firstly to rent is not an option. (Blockbuster went out of business remember?)
Secondly, tangible VHS tapes are only $5 or $6, so, why is Amazon Prime Video offering STREAMING ownership at $18+ DOLLARS?
The film is a masterpiece of Fantasy/horror, with scary settings every bit as worthy as the Wicked Witch of the West's sequences on the MGM/LOWES Production.
It is a truthful compilation of the OZ series books 3 and 4, (since Dorothy didn't appear in book two, it has always been a troubled sequel attempt,) with artistic license, of course.
Director Walter Murch (Sound director American Grafitti, Apocalypse Now, etc.) didn't scrimp on his sound-track.
The production uses Clay-mation, for most of the [Tin Woodman of Oz] Gnome King sequence.
RETURN TO OZ? Yes, I shall....
A RamirezReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
This movie scared the *** as a kid
Verified purchase
I was terrified of this movie when I watched this as a kid in the 80's, but for some reason it always came back to me in the back of my mind. So I finally decided to watch it again, this time as full grown adult. I am not scared by it as an adult now, but I can focus in on many areas of the movie where children can get very scared watching this. But, it does have a campy vibe of it as well; almost a little like Labyrinth in a way, but definitely not the rainbows and flowers of the 1930's movie. Just keep this in mind if you have children that want to watch this that you may have to be prepared to watch out for nightmares.
musicfanReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good 80s Fantasy Film
Verified purchase
I was reading reviews of this movie and wasn't sure if I'd ever seen it when I was a child. I think I may have at least once (on cable?), because some of the scenes sounded familiar to me. I've always liked the MGM Wizard of Oz movie, but I've never read the Oz books, so many of the characters in this movie were unfamiliar to me. I wasn't sure what to expect or what I'd think of it, and I actually liked it more than I thought I would.

It is definitely a sequel to the first film--the title alone says it. Dorothy is returning to Oz, only to find that it is not what she-or the audience of the first movie-remembers. Spoilers ahead, so don't keep reading if you don't want to know some of the story. Only 6 months have passed from when Dorothy returned to Kansas, but a LOT has changed in Oz. The Emerald City is broken and deserted, except for some residents that have turned into statues-including her friends the Lion and the Tin Man, who look different than we remember, but we get the idea so it doesn't really matter. New characters-mostly villains-are brought in. The people at the mental hospital who Dorothy escapes from with the help of someone. The Wheelers, Princess Mombi, and the Nome King are all trying to stop Dorothy from saving the Emerald City. Somehow her chicken from the farm is with her, and can now speak. She meets some new friends too-Tik Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, Ozma, and the Gump.

I can see how the movie did not do well. People were expecting certain things from the MGM film we all know so well. I don't mind seeing the new characters. I just had to get used to Dorothy looking younger/smaller in the beginning and then I didn't give it another thought. The only thing I would have liked to see included in this one is Glinda. I thought it was her as the prisoner in Mombi's castle-for a brief moment it looks like Glinda's crown and dress. I wonder if the filmmakers did this intentionally so we would think it was Glinda at first. She was a very important part of the first movie, as were the Munchkins, and you can't help wondering while watching this one-what happened to them? It is naturally the first thing you think about when you see Dorothy first discover her old house and the broken yellow brick road. But it doesn't really detract from the movie while you are watching it because there is so much going on to keep you interested. But afterward, you can't help thinking about it again. I have not read the books yet so I don't know how this all plays out in the stories. But given that the first movie is so famous and how important Glinda was as a character, it would have been nice to see her. I'm glad they brought the ruby slippers back for an interesting appearance-and of course the Scarecrow. As others have mentioned, he only has a few lines, and he, Tin Man, and the Lion are not shown very much. I don't mind that they have small roles in this. The movie is very different and it doesn't really matter as long as they ARE there at some point. To omit Glinda is weird. I'll have to watch it again, perhaps I missed a mention of her.

But the movie is good anyway. I liked seeing Fairuza Balk as Dorothy. She starred in a staple of my childhood, The Worst Witch. Both movies fit in with 80s favorites like Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Goonies, and Neverending Story. There is also a dvd bonus interview with Fairuza as an adult. I was hoping she'd mention TWW, but she didn't. It's interesting though. There are a few scenes in the film that may scare very young children, it's a bit creepy but I didn't find it to be as bad as some people do.

I watched the movie with my mother who also grew up with the MGM film of course. We both enjoyed this one. One of our favorite scenes-the lunch pail tree. How cute!
One person found this helpful
See all reviews