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Return to Oz
DIRECTED BY WALTER MURCH
RELEASED: 1985

Why's it so good? This is a twisted, almost Gothic sequel to 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the sort of film you'd expect from Tim Burton maybe. But in fact it's the sole directorial outing from legendary editor and sound editor Walter Murch, and one that does him credit. It's one of the scariest children's films ever made, and every bit as dippy as the original.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's much darker (that word again), and has monsters - those Wheelers - to make the Flying Monkeys look like teddy bears, but can't rival the huge Technicolor impact of the original. Part of Disney's black period (with films like Tron and The Black Cauldron), this deserved better than to be ignored at the box office as it was.

Glaring error: No singing or dancing? It might have made the scary bits a little less disturbing for younger audience members.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 490 MONTHS


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