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Film: The Witches Of Oz

The Witches of Oz is a film based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, directed by Leigh Scott.

It follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children's book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her.

It has what can best be described as a rather curious distribution history. It was initially released on the SyFy channel as a two-part miniseries in 2011 and subsequently made available on DVD and Blu-Ray. However, a director's cut - retitled Dorothy and the Witches of Oz - was slated for theatrical release in the US on February 17th 2012. This newer version is an overall shorter movie with new scenes and about 90% of the special effects completely redone. There are plans to release the film version on DVD.

The trailer for the miniseries can be seen here.

The trailer for the theatrical-release version can be seen here.

This movie contains examples of:

  • An Axe to Grind: The Nome King and the Tin Man both use them.
  • And You Were There: Like the MGM movie, some denizens of Oz have real-world counterparts/disguises.
  • Answer Cut: Nick Chopper isn't the Tin Man, and wonders where he is. Cue the Tin Man coming out of nowhere.
  • Beam-O-War: Between Glinda and Langwidere.
  • Big Bad: The Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Exact Words: Seen in the Wizard's deal with the Witch.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The Wicked Witch of the West, true to her portrayal in the books.
  • Famous Ancestor: Dorothy's grandpa really her dad is L. Frank Baum.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The Witch of the East had several scars.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Ilsa wants to dress Dorothy like this in the movie of the book.
  • Hot Witch: Almost all of them.
    • The Good Witches Glinda and Locosta.
    • Langwidere and the Witch of the West when disguised; this trope is probably why the latter stayed disguised so long.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Ilsa raises suspicions when she knows details of Dorothy's unpublished manuscript.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The real world makes people forget about Oz; interestingly, this also happens to the villains, at least in part.
  • MacGuffin: The key to the Wizard's book, and the Changing Word.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Witches need magical items to cast spells; the reason the book is so powerful is because it's magical on its own.
  • Meaningful Name: Billie Westbrooke.
  • Mythology Gag: Mia Sara plays Princess Langwidere, who is a witch in this adaptation. She also played the Wicked Witch of the West in the failed TV pilot Lost In Oz.
    • References to both the Silver Shoes and Ruby Slippers are made.
  • Neck Lift: Langwidere does this to Dorothy in the trailer.
  • The Nth Doctor: Multiple people play Princess Langwidere due to her changing heads, though the 'main' one is Mia Sara.
  • Off with Her Head!: Langwidere threatens Dorothy with this via magic sword. She herself has it happen a lot.
  • Oh Crap: The Witch of the East had this when Dorothy's house falls on her.
    Witch: [looks up] ...Oh dear.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Dorothy finds out it wasn't.
  • Pinky Swear: The Wizard makes the Witch of the West do this during his deal.
  • Playing with Fire: The Witch of the East had a flamethrower broom, and the Witch of the West has a fiery umbrella.
  • Posthumous Character: The Wicked Witch of the East, who is seen in flashbacks.
  • The Power of Friendship: Dorothy uses this along with the Changing Word to turn the Witch back into Billie, and give her a chance to make amends.
  • Pretty in Mink: Dorothy has a fur-trimmed coat, and Billie has a long fur coat.
  • Re Cut: The shorter, theatrical-release version.
  • Red Herring:
    • That guy called Nick Chopper? The one who's motivated by love? Yeah, he's not the Tin Woodsman, although at one point even he believes otherwise.
    • Billie claims to be Locosta, the Witch of the North.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sadly, this holds true for Billie.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The Wicked Witch of the West wants Dorothy to replace the Witch of the East.
  • Revenge: As in the MGM movie, the Witch of the West wants revenge for Dorothy killing her sister, the Witch of the East; the Baum books never mentioned if they were related.
  • Rewriting Reality: In essence, what the Changing Word does.
  • Sequel Hook: Dorothy meets the Wizard in real life, and two cops find themselves in Oz after the climax, and are offered help by Langwidere. Also, there's those other worlds the Witch mentioned.
  • Shoot the Dog: Glinda tries to get Dorothy to kill the Witch of the West, but she can't.
  • Shout-Out: The Wicked Witch of the West summons the Jabberwock during the climactic fight, and mentions plans to conquer Neverland, Camelot, Wonderland, Shangri-La, or perhaps Narnia.
  • Steampunk: The Wizard's inventions, the Tin Man, and the briefly-seen Tik Tok all evoke this aesthetic.
  • Take That: The trailer for the theatrical version ends by saying that it will debut in theaters on Feb 17th..."in glorious 2-D"; almost-certainly a jab at the 3-D craze.
  • Tears of Remorse: This ultimately kills the Witch/Billie.
  • The Voiceless: Aunt Em and the Good Witch of the North.
  • Voodoo Doll: Used to torture Langwidere, and later Dorothy.
  • We Can Rule Together: The Witch tries this on Dorothy; unlike most examples, she had evidence to back it up and even says she could learn from Dorothy. Dorothy later turns this argument back on her.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Water for the Witch, but she can stop it before it reaches her, and disconnects a house's water supply. She also does have that umbrella.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Jabberwock just vanishes at the end.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Dorothy retains her childhood traits and innocence.
  • Your Head A Splode: Langwidere has this done to her in the climax.

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alternative title(s): The Witches Of Oz; Dorothy And The Witches Of Oz
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