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Oz the Great and Powerful Blu-ray ComboDisney’s Oz The Great and Powerful is now available to own or rent on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs.

It’s rare lately that I actually get out to a movie these days.  There’s either too much going on in my life, or I’m just plain broke and can’t afford it.  I’m happy to say that reviewing this film for its home video debut was not my first time seeing it.  It looks great on a movie theater screen and still looks great on my large-ish HD television on Blu-ray.

Since I’ve already shared my opinion on the film previously, I’ll link you here to my spoiler-free review of the movie itself.

I’ll continue the rest of this review by saying that this is Disney’s first home video release where there isn’t a physical disc for the digital download.  It really is about time that Disney finally adopted what many other studios were already doing.  So, instead of loading the package with another disc, the insert with the Disney Movie Rewards redemption code also serves as your code for your digital download.  You’ve got three choices as to where to obtain your digital copy after redeeming your code; Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, or Vudu.  I opted for Vudu, since my PS3 has an app for it.  I can’t speak from experience on the other 2 options, but with Vudu I had the option to stream the movie or to download a copy to my PS3.  However, even with a high speed connection, downloading would take forever and still eats up hard drive space until you delete the downloaded copy.  There’s still pros and cons to digital copy, but at least Disney is getting on board with more up to date methods for it.

Of note from the Bonus Features on the disc are My Journey in Oz by James Franco and Walt Disney and the Road to Oz.  While I really enjoyed all the extras, these were my two favorites.

My Journey in Oz by James Franco is a personal project of Franco’s.  I think it’s evident that he has aspirations of maybe one day becoming a film make himself, and he took the time to sit down with his costars and talk about their experiences with him, Director Sam Raimi and the making of the film.  It was evident that these little chats were in his trailer and the majority of his interviewees looked absolutely exhausted while talking to him.  It does make you appreciate what they do when you see how tired they are and realize that they took the time at the end of their day to do this when they probably could have been in their hotel room resting up for tomorrow’s shoot.

Walt Disney and the Road to Oz shows us that Walt himself had a long time love affair with the L. Frank Baum stories and longed to make some sort of large scale live action OZ production.  Unfortunately, that goal never really came to fruition in Walt’s lifetime, but it’s an interesting tale to watch and full of historical goodies.

Overall, Oz The Great and Powerful is definitely worth an add to your home video collection.  It’s definitely worth seeing at least once if you haven’t already had the opportunity to check it out yet.

Talent/Cast:

James Franco – Oscar “Oz” Diggs
Mila Kunis – Theodora
Rachel Weisz – Evanora
Michelle Williams – Annie / Glinda
Zach Braff – Frank / Finley
Bill Cobbs – Master Tinker
Joey King – Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl
Tony Cox – Knuck
Stephen R. Hart – Winkie General
Abigail Spencer – May
Bruce Campbell – Winkie Gate Keeper
Ted Raimi – Skeptic in Audience
Tim Holmes – Strongman
Toni Wynne – Strong Man’s Wife
Rob Crites – Firebreather

Rated: PG
Run Time: 130 minutes

Bonus Features:

  • The Magic of “Oz The Great and Powerful” (Second Screen Experience) – An immersive Second Screen experience that details all things Oz. From an interactive map full of secrets and surprises, to an inside look at the spectacular world of Oz. All fans need to do is download the special “The Magic of Oz The Great and Powerful: Second Screen” App (which is free and currently available for immediate download at the iTunes Store for iPads) which provides fans with infinite opportunities to remain connected to their favorite film, its cast of characters and to dive deeper into the magical world of Oz. This App provides exclusive access to invigorating and exclusive content including:

The Enchanting Characters and Creatures of Oz – From Munchkins and Tinkers to good witches, bad witches, and flying baboons, this piece follows each character and creature of the Land of Oz from inspiration to final outcome.

The Sounds of Magical Oz – What adds fragility to the sounds of China Girl’s footsteps; ferocity to the tornado; or weight to the flutter of Finley’s flapping wings?

Sleight of Hand: Zach Braff Puppet Theater – Actor, and voice of Finley, Zach Braff introduces viewers to the Finley mockup.

  • Mariah Carey Music Video
  • Bloopers
  • My Journey in Oz by James Franco – A personal story produced and directed by James Franco.
  • Mr. Elfman’s Musical Concoctions – An interview with composer Danny Elfman unveils his inspiration in scoring “Oz The Great And Powerful.”
  • China Girl and the Suspension of Disbelief – This feature uncloaks the several forms of movie magic employed to bring China Girl to life, from the initial artwork and character design, to the on-set puppeteering during filmmaking, and finally, through each stage of the visual-effects process; and includes an interview with Joey King, the voice of China Girl.
  • Before Your Very Eyes: From Kansas to Oz – Production designer Robert Stromberg takes viewers through the set design of the Land of Oz, from sketching his original ideas on a napkin, through to the final set pieces and the accompanying visual effects.
  • Mila’s Metamorphosis – Lead makeup artist Howard Berger expands on one of the oldest, most tried-and-true forms of movie magic: makeup design and effects.
  • Walt Disney and the Road to Oz – It is well known that Walt Disney had a fascination with the Land of Oz since he was a child. See how that fascination grew into inspiration as he began planning for his own adaptation of the stories in the classic Baum books.