Hollywood is famous for bringing old classic films back to the silver screen and the fans of those movies are fierce in their love for the original source material and often have a hard time warming up to a remade version. Fortunately for Disney, it evaded this by creating a prequel of Victor Fleming's 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" with Sam Raimi’s "Oz: The Great and Powerful." Instead of completely remaking one of the most popular films of all time, Disney produced a prequel to the classic, telling the story of how the great wizard came to be.
While the cast is remarkable, some fans of the classic film and Oz novels will surely miss their memorable characters such as Dorothy, Lion, dog, and Scarecrow. Regardless of their absence, Raimi’s version does bring in some new characters to entertain. In addition to the three lovely witches, there are the adorable flying monkey and China Doll. Fans may also miss songs they grew to love with "The Wizard of Oz," a foremost part of the film's charm. OZ 2013 is much plot-driven, something that may disappoint a few viewers.
Oz: The Great and Powerful seemed suitable for all ages. It actually seemed a lot tamer than the Fleming's movie. I saw plenty of kids in the 8 -10 year old range at the theater. Adults and children all seemed to like the film.
If you are looking for a family-friendly film to watch in the comfort of your living room this summer, Oz: The Great and Powerful is the perfect choice for you. It will be out on home video, DVD and Blu-ray, on June 11, 2013 with the following extras: