FEATURE | The Best (and Worst) of Oz

‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is the eighteenth film set in Oz. Or the seventeenth, if you discount 1978’sThe Wiz, which doesn’t exactly take place there, but rather in a fantastical Oz-fitted New York City. Or maybeDorothy’s Return is actually the nineteenth, if you count the 1921 silent film adaptation which never actually made it to movie screens.

The point is, over the last century, filmmakers have been drawn back to L. Frank Baum’s magical source novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; there’s something fundamentally cinematic about Dorothy, Toto and her colourful troupe of friends skipping down a yellow brick road to an emerald-green city. Here’s a brief look at the most successful big-screen adaptations – and a few of the very worst.’

Check out my feature on Oz portrayed on screen, to coincide with the release of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, at HeyUGuys (click quote above or image below).


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