In Cinemas Now: Oz The Great and Powerful

Disney's hotly anticipated movie Oz The Great and Powerful hit cinemas today. This visually-spectacular, gripping and humourous film is a prequel to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz; and is a must-see for all fans of the Emerald City and Munchkin Land.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.

Last week we attended a press conference with the cast and director Sam Raimi; where they discussed the difficulty of 17 hour days doing wire work, and the importance that stepping into the costume made in developing their characters. 

Sam Raimi also talked about having to learn how to film in 3D, and how this movie is very much made out of a love of and appreciation for the original Wizard of Oz

Have a look at this behind-the-scenes movie about the creation of Oz and its inhabitants; then get down to your nearest cinema to catch this masterpiece in 3D.

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