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Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:25:46 PM »


http://www.rifftrax.com/the-wonderful-land-of-oz

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, but don’t you think it was missing a little something? Namely, the deft directorial touch of Barry Mahon, whose other films include Fanny Hill Meets Dr. Erotico, The Diary of Knockers McCalla, and a little movie called Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny?

The Wonderful Land of Oz takes everything you loved about the original Oz movie and coats it in a slippery, weird, filmy substance. Scarecrow and Tin Man are back, looking like Yugoslavian knockoffs of Russian knockoffs of the original characters. There are also new characters, like the Wogglebug, and the Purple Cow. Sound pretty crappy, right? Well set your expectations even lower! It’s the Barry Mahon way!
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 08:24:37 AM »
So...WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE INTERPRETER?!



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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 12:40:50 PM »
Well, it wasted about 5 minutes of your life, so there's that. And she openly mocked the stupidity of her king, which was a little funny.

Come to think of it, she was the only character who wasn't a complete moron (well, maybe the bug guy too). And hell, if the scarecrow is that stupid, he probably should be overthrown. At least Pumpkinhead had the excuse of being one day old.


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 02:28:06 PM »
Forget Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny. This one is more like watching Fun in Balloonland while waiting for Nylquil to kick in. The riffs are good but the movie is so slow, doesn't make any sense, and just kind of exists.
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 04:47:39 PM »
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 06:01:49 PM »
Looks like someone just filmed a school play. But I am intrigued because it's based on the second book, and I haven't read the books. Supposedly elements of it were also adapted into Disney's RETURN TO OZ, which I'm sure is the superior movie.
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2017, 06:10:01 PM »
Return to Oz is quite good. Oz comes off more as "creepy" than "wonderful". Somehow this feels more in tune with the feel of the book than the MGM movie. And yes, some parts of this were recognizable as also being in RtO, such as Pumpkinhead, and the Scarecrow being overthrown as king. RtO actually borrows a bunch of stuff from different sources and kind of mashes it together.

I never actually read beyond the first book, but a quick check of Wikipedia confirms that this is pretty much what happens next, including the boy Tip actually being the girl Ozma.


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 06:18:52 PM »
There was an anime Oz series that I loved as a kid that had all that stuff, so I knew about the boy being Ozma.
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 07:37:08 AM »
I loved that series, too.


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 08:13:16 AM »
Where exactly does Pirate's World fit into all of this? I assume there is a connection explaining how the Wogglebug ended up with Honest John's clothing.


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 05:47:06 PM »
I give it a 10 out of 10. This and Whizzo are the things I live for...oddly enough.

Everyone in this movie really did look forced to make it, didn't they?


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 06:00:52 PM »
I give it a 10 out of 10. This and Whizzo are the things I live for...oddly enough.

Everyone in this movie really did look forced to make it, didn't they?

I like these in controlled moderation. If Rifftrax released nothing but films like this one, things would get stale quickly.


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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 07:08:40 PM »
So...WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE INTERPRETER?!

That's not Mahon's fault actually. It's from the book the film was based on, The Marvelous Land of Oz:

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"What don't you understand?" asked the Scarecrow.

"Why, I don't understand your language. You see, I came from the Country of
the Gillikins, so that I am a foreigner."

"Ah, to be sure!" exclaimed the Scarecrow. "I myself speak the language of
the Munchkins, which is also the language of the Emerald City. But you, I
suppose, speak the language of the Pumpkinheads?"

"Exactly so, your Majesty" replied the other, bowing; "so it will be
impossible for us to understand one another."

"That is unfortunate, certainly," said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. "We must
have an interpreter."

"What is an interpreter?" asked Jack.

"A person who understands both my language and your own. When I say
anything, the interpreter can tell you what I mean; and when you say
anything the interpreter can tell me what you mean. For the interpreter can
speak both languages as well as understand them."

"That is certainly clever," said Jack, greatly pleased at finding so simple
a way out of the difficulty.

It plays out almost exactly like in the film, except the interpreter in the book is a little girl rather than an adult. So blame Frank Baum for that.



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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 07:30:44 PM »
So...WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE INTERPRETER?!

That's not Mahon's fault actually. It's from the book the film was based on, The Marvelous Land of Oz:

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"What don't you understand?" asked the Scarecrow.

"Why, I don't understand your language. You see, I came from the Country of
the Gillikins, so that I am a foreigner."

"Ah, to be sure!" exclaimed the Scarecrow. "I myself speak the language of
the Munchkins, which is also the language of the Emerald City. But you, I
suppose, speak the language of the Pumpkinheads?"

"Exactly so, your Majesty" replied the other, bowing; "so it will be
impossible for us to understand one another."

"That is unfortunate, certainly," said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. "We must
have an interpreter."

"What is an interpreter?" asked Jack.

"A person who understands both my language and your own. When I say
anything, the interpreter can tell you what I mean; and when you say
anything the interpreter can tell me what you mean. For the interpreter can
speak both languages as well as understand them."

"That is certainly clever," said Jack, greatly pleased at finding so simple
a way out of the difficulty.

It plays out almost exactly like in the film, except the interpreter in the book is a little girl rather than an adult. So blame Frank Baum for that.

We can blame Mahon for making it so thoroughly un-entertaining though.
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Re: Now Available - The Wonderful Land of Oz
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2017, 05:10:36 PM »
There was an anime Oz series that I loved as a kid that had all that stuff, so I knew about the boy being Ozma.

I remember having one or two episodes on tape as a kid. When General Jinjur took power. Never got that far into the series, but did read about Tip actually being Ozma. Probably why Disney changed RETURN TO OZ to focus more on Dorothy. I wonder how they would handle that subject in modern times. Tip must die for Ozma to live, or perhaps a transgender thing going on.
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