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Journey Back to Oz
Journey Back to Oz
Actors: Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Rise Stevens, Danny Thomas, Margret Hamilton
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2006     1hr 28min

Dorothy and Toto travel back to the land of Oz where they arrive just in time to help their old friends fend off an invasion of magic green elephants. Voice characterizations are performed by a number of stars including Li...  more »


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Actors: Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Rise Stevens, Danny Thomas, Margret Hamilton
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Animation
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 10/24/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A much sought-after movie finally gets released on DVD...
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 09/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"JOURNEY BACK TO OZ is a thoroughly delightful animated musical-sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the big highlight being that Liza Minnelli voices the role of Dorothy (the role that catapulted her mother Judy Garland into the annals of film history).

Of course, no animated film could ever replicate the magic and scope of the 1939 masterpiece, but let's not carp. For what it sets out to achieve, JOURNEY BACK TO OZ delivers handsomely.

Dorothy (Liza Minnelli) gets swept back to Oz via another cyclone, and quickly sets about finding her old friends the Scarecrow (Mickey Rooney), Tin Man (Danny Thomas) and Cowardly Lion (Milton Berle). Instead, Dorothy discovers to her horror that an evil witch called Mombi (Ethel Merman) is plotting to invade the Emerald City with a hoard of enchanted green elephants.

With new friends; Jack Pumpkinhead (Paul Lynde) and Woodenhead the carousel horse (Herschel Bernardi), and some guidance from Glinda (Rise Stevens); Dorothy sets out to thwart Mombi and save her old friends from destruction.

The score by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen contains some gems; Liza Minnelli sings "There's a Faraway Land" and "That Feeling for Home", whilst Ethel Merman camps it up with "Be a Witch" and Rise Stevens delivers Glinda's "You Have Only You" to perfection.

Another cute twist is Margaret Hamilton (who played the Wicked Witch and Miss Gulch in the original Judy Garland classic) voicing the role of Aunt Em!

Originally made and recorded by the Filmation Company in 1962, it was curiously kept out of cinemas until 1974. This new Special Edition from Brentwood marks the movie's DVD debut."
Wonderful childhood favorite
Saint-Exupéry | USA | 05/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This brings back happy memories! Journey Back to Oz was a wonderful part of my childhood. I loved watching it on TV as a kid. It's a great sequel with wonderful songs and a fantastic cast. I'm very happy that Journey Back to Oz is available on DVD."
Passed down from Mother to Daughter!
Steven A. Martin | Hurricane, Wv | 04/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As everyone knows, Judy Garland first played the role of Dorothy in the 1939 masterpiece "The Wizard of Oz". In Journey Back To Oz the torch has been passed to her daughter Liza Minnelli. Even though Liza only does the voice work for Dorothy I think she did a great job with the character, and It's a treat that Margaret Hamilton returned to do another Oz film even though it was to portray Auntie Em. I remember that this film was broadcast on T.V. several times years ago and I was always there to enjoy it as a child. If you are an Oz fan I believe you'll love this movie and already have it as a part of your Oz collection. For those who are not Oz fans, but animation fans I'd recommend renting it first to see what you think of it. This film didn't do so well at the box office, but I feel that it has a cult following."
Must see DVD for all Oz fans
Charles Finn-neuendorf | 12/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this movie is all that and more
I saw this as a boy with my grandmother in the theater and later on TV.
I have always been a huge Ethel Merman fan and her Mombi is right on
the best song to me is an elephant never forgets.
this is a must see for any fan of the old classic cartoons"