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New on DVD: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

DVD Oz the Great and Powerful: This would probably knock ’em dead as the basis for an attraction at Disney World. Director Sam Raimi's reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz universe is loud and eye-poppingly colorful. But it doesn’t make for a very good Disney film. Mildly diverting and clever in spots, this Oz is certainly no bookend for the 1939 classic that introduced author L. Frank Baum’s fanciful adventure to a wider world. Raimi’s prequel conceit is to tell the origin story of the wizard (a miscast James Franco). Like so many big-budget movies these days, it’s hard to care much about what’s going on, especially as the film builds to its special-effects-driven conclusion. On DVD, DVD/Blu-ray combo and Blu-ray 3D.

— Cary Darling

Also new: Snitch; Dead Man’s Burden; Burn Notice: Season Six; Betty & Coretta; The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; The Newsroom: The Complete First Season; Killing Lincoln; Tosh.0: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets

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