Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Return To Oz… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Return To Oz
Making a sequel to a beloved classic children’s musical and going with a serious approach is always going to be difficult. Oscar winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch takes on the challenge of bringing Oz back to the film screen. What he creates is a dark story that frightened many of us growing up but also provides some fantastic visuals that left a strong impression on its audience. It completely bombing at the box office due to critics’ harsh feedback and many people expecting a musical.
Return to Oz disappeared after its release and was very hard to track down in the 90s on VHS due to going out of print and Disney showing little interest in restoring it and re-releasing it. Due to the internet and many people expressing their fondess for it, it did eventually turn up on DVD.
Return to Oz is truly magical from its amazing score to its heart felt story of Dorothy’s return to Oz to find it destroyed. An underrated classic that should not be forgotten.