Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. 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 wizard 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 wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well. -- (C) Walt Disney
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Cast: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

Crew: Sam Raimi (Director), Peter Deming (Director of Photography), Danny Elfman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Release Dates: 08 Mar 2013 (India)

Tagline: In Oz, nothing is what it seems

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Did you know? This is Sam Raimi's first film to be rated PG in the United States. All his previous directorial films have been PG-13 or R. Read More
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Feature Film
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Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround 7.1, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
In Oz, nothing is what it seems
Oz will amaze.
The land you know. The story you don't.
Find yourself in Oz.
When Oz and Theodora flee from the crash site, Theodora's boots are flat; moments later, when he boosts her into the cave, the boots have high heels.

When the hot air balloon gets pulled in to the tornado, the top hat is snatched off his head by the wind. When gravity is affected, the hat comes up out of the basket.

When Oz first meets Theordora, his bag disappears from his hands then reappears twice. The first time is when the fairy spits on him and he covers his face, the second is when he conjures the magic flowers.

When Oz is talking to Glinda about leaving and packing his bag, he puts the deck of cards into his bag and the table is mostly empty. Next shot the cards are laying on the table again. Finally, he picks the deck up for a second time and places them in the bag.

When Theodora starts to remove her red coat at the camp fire, her pendant disappears between shots.

Throughout the movie, the facial hair thickness of the Oz was not as it was at the beginning shots of the movie. The thickness of the hair slightly changed between short to shorter, then back to normal.

Glinda's hair changes from scene to scene near the end. A string of hair is visible then it disappears.

There's a string on Theodora's hat before and after she and Oz are at the waterfall, but it's missing while they're hiding inside the cave behind it.

When Oz flees the circus, he escapes by cutting the tether rope that the circus strong man is pulling towards himself. However, in the previous shot, there are clearly two ropes holding the balloon to the ground.

When Oz and Theodora are standing outside the waterfall, the string on her hat is alternately in front of her ear and behind her ear.

Revealing Mistakes
When Oz is telling Glinda his battle plan, he hands her a book. She thumbs through the book. In the process, you see the exact same page appear twice. It is the one with the trick box diagram. The wording on the pages is exactly the same.

Revealing Mistakes
When Oscar takes off, the hot air balloon would not have traveled far as the burner was off.
Mila Kunis starred in the movie "Ted" and Ted's neighbor Ming had a duck named James Franco.

John C. Reilly was considered for the role of Frank.

This is the second time Zach Braff has starred in an Oz themed production: in Scrubs: My Way Home (2006) he plays the role of Dorothy in a Wizard of Oz parody. His Scrubs character JD also mentions that he appeared in his school's production of the musical version of The Wizard of Oz titled "The Wiz".

Blake Lively was offered the role of Glinda, but chose to do Oliver Stone's Savages (2012) instead.

Before Sam Raimi signed on to direct the film, directors Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman were also reported to be top candidates.

This is the third time Mila Kunis circles a role in "Oz". She previously appeared in a stage production of "The Wizard of Oz" in third grade, and additionally starred as Dorothy in a parody on That '70s Show (1998).

Christoph Waltz was in early talks to play a role.

Robert Stromberg studied the films of Frank Capra and James Wong Howe to achieve the appropriate Art Deco design for the Emerald City of Oz.

A puppet of the China Girl was used on set.

Art director Robert Stromberg cited the Disney animated films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Sleeping Beauty (1959) as an influence on Oz's landscape design.

Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Blake Lively, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall were considered for the roles of the witches.

James Franco and Mila Kunis previously appeared together as the bizarre couple "Taste" and "Whippit" in Date Night (2010).

Oz's assistant Frank is named for "Oz" creator L. Frank Baum.

This is Sam Raimi's first film to be rated PG in the United States. All his previous directorial films have been PG-13 or R.

This is the second Oz-related movie to be produced by the Disney company. Their first film was Return to Oz (1985).

Early on, Oscar (Oz) makes mention of his shabby jacket. There is a famous story of how a shabby jacket was purchased at a used clothing store for use in The Wizard of Oz (1939) movie. It was later discovered (and confirmed) that the jacket was originally made for and owned by L. Frank Baum (the author of The Wizard of Oz).

Producer Joe Roth was intrigued by the prospect of exploring the origins of the Wizard of Oz character: "During the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios, I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You've got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices, but a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing." Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner felt the same way about the character.

Sam Raimi opted to use practical sets in conjunction with computer-generated imagery: physical sets were constructed so the actors could have a visual reference, as opposed to using green-screens for every scene.

To prepare for his role as a circus magician, James Franco received training with magician Lance Burton.

After the tornado sequence, just before Oz loses control of the balloon, one of the nearby mountaintops is in the shape of the Wicked Witch on a broom.

The Emerald City flag's lion is strongly reminiscent of the MGM lion logo (The Wizard of Oz (1939) was produced by MGM).

Zach Braff and Joey King were on set to record their dialogue simultaneously with the other actors, whenever their CG characters (Finley and the China Girl) were present in a scene.

Michelle Williams' character Annie is marrying a man named John Gale. Director Sam Raimi has confirmed that Annie and John are intended to be the (previously unnamed) parents of Dorothy Gale, the main character in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (book), and a primary or secondary character in most of the other books.

The Tin Man is the only of Dorothy's three companions in The Wizard of Oz (1939) not to be directly referenced in this film. However, the Tinkers - who do not appear the 1939 film, but play a crucial role in this movie - are noted in the book as the creators of the Tin Man.

At the start of the film, Oz works with the circus company "Baum Brothers Circus". This is a reference to L. Frank Baum, the original author of the Oz series.

Oz gives his full name as: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs. That makes his initials: O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.

Director Sam Raimi and composer Danny Elfman had a major falling out during the post-production of Spider-Man 2 (2004), with Elfman stating that they would never work together again. With this film, they were able to patch things up and reconcile.

Bert Lahr's great-grandson, played a tinker in the movie. Bert Lahr was the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Hilary Swank and Michelle Williams were director Sam Raimi's first choices for the role of Evanora. Rachel Weisz got the script through her agent and loved the role but neither the studio or Sam Raimi imagined her for the part. Weisz auditioned and had an two hour conversation with Raimi and later she was cast as Evanora. Williams was eventually cast as Glinda.

When Oz and Finley first meet, they are almost attacked by a lion. Oz manages to scare it away, hinting at the fact that it is a "cowardly lion", an essential staple of Wizard of Oz lore.

The film opens in sepia-tone academy ratio for the Kansas scenes, before widening out and blooming into full color in Oz. However, even the Kansas scenes are 3-D (when screened appropriately). Monochrome 3-D films are exceptionally rare, and the Kansas portion of this film is believed to be the longest sepia-tone sequence in modern 3-D.

Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp were both offered the role of Oz. Downey wasn't interested; Depp liked the role but was already committed to The Lone Ranger (2013).

In the opening credits, you can see two figures dancing together. If you look closely at the shadow they cast, it appears to look like the Wicked Witch of the West.
Movie Connection(s):
References: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (English)
References: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (English)
References: Pete's Dragon (English)
References: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (English)
References: King Kong (English)
Followed by: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (English)
Follows: The Wizard of Oz (English)