We're at a place where nothing is sacred. We've gotten countless remakes, reboots, and sequels to beloved franchises. And you know what? That's okay. Still, I felt a particular sting when The Wizard of Oz got a prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful. Even with a director like (who's Evil Dead was remade 30 years after the original this year), it was hard to feel the consistent sense of childlike glee that the original 1939 film still inspires.
That being said, Oz the Great and Powerful is visually dazzling, thanks to Sony Pictures Imageworks. VFX supervisor Scott Stokdyk provides commentary on how scenes were structured and created in a trio of videos released in honor of the film's Blu-ray release this week. They chronicle the ultimate friend of Dorothy (, obviously) as Oz, a circus magician swept up in a tornado and dumped in the iconic, colorful land full of bubbles, witches, and unlikely characters.
Check out the clips below, which showcase standout moments like the treasure room, the balloon crash, the bubble voyage, and the ruins of China Town.
It's unclear if Raimi will return for any other Oz movies, but it's been reported that a sequel is on the way...
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