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- I Never Said It Was Poison: Ilsa raises suspicions when she knows details of Dorothy's unpublished manuscript.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.
- 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.