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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Oz the Great and Powerful

03/11/2013 08:59 am ET | Updated May 11, 2013

2013-03-11-OZ_05994_R_410.jpgAnother film that answers questions we didn't ask, Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel showing how the magical land over the rainbow got its formidable-but-all-too-fallible wizard. Director Sam Raimi makes his 3D debut in this big-budget project, recruiting James Franco as his soon-too-be Oz, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as a trio of witches good and wicked, and Zach Braff and Joey King voicing some of the kingdom's more magical inhabitants: a flying monkey and a China girl. Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons bought a round-trip ticket to this fantasy world, and are back to discuss whether the newer actors live up to their original counterparts in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, if the CG-enhanced visuals add new grandeur to the predecessor's production design, and if the entire experience is more like a wild ride into a tornado or a soporific stroll through a field of poppies.

Also: Steve gives his opinion of The ABCs of Death, and what's coming to theaters next week.

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