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The Witches of OZ (2011/Image Entertainment Blu-ray)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C†††† Main Program: B+



Dorothy Gale was just a girl from Kansas on her way to the big apple for the chance of her lifetime, a chance for her own books to debut. Little does she know her dreams, her inspirations to write her story is closer to the truth than she knows, that actually the Land of OZ exists and that she was the original Dorothy of OZ. Now hidden in her memories lies the key to unlocking the book that has the magic word to control OZ, but Dorothy is not the only one after the key, The Wicked Witch of the West has plans to not only get the key to control OZ, but all of the human world as well in Leigh Scottís The Witches of OZ (2011)
All Dorothy Gale wanted was to get her book published. Based on the land magical land of OZ, which her Grandfather created she discover her stories are more than just fantasy and fiction, they are actually her memories she discovers a world of magic creatures, spells and dangers. As she struggles to understand her past, she unlocks the magical key that could spell their doom or salvation. Fortunately for her, she is not alone, her friends from OZ has also been reincarnated in the human realm and will lend a helping hand to fight The Witch and her evil forces. New York will never be the same again...
Originally produced in 2.35 X 1 framing for a theatrical release, this is loosely based on Frank L. Baumís Wizard of Oz books (of course), that Dorothy is the guardian of a magical key to unlock the ultimate power of OZ, but after growing up in the human realm and forgetting everything about OZ, a grown-up Dorothy must fight her evil witch/agent/publisher to save the human world. Sold to TV and shown as a mini-series, this variation features a cast of superstars with Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard (Back to the Future), Billy Boyd and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings). It featured a lot of comical one-liners referencing various popular movies these various actors had been in before. The CGI however could of been better, it was at the level of PlayStation 2 CGI quality, but does include Jim Henson puppet and costume work.


Later issued in a few theaters after being show on TV, the 2.35 X 1 scope frame has been chopped off at the sides to fit a 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition presentation that is a disaster and mess, ruining composition and whatever visually might have worked.It was also shot with an older RED ONE HD camera, making it look additionally dated.What were they thinking?†† The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also weak and underwhelming and should sound better than this in the digital age, despite the low budget.The combination result is one of the weakest Blu-rays for a recent new release we have encountered of late, which is too bad since I enjoyed it so much.Extras include behind the scenes with writer/director and trailer.



-†† Ricky Chiang


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