Oz in the News 8.11.11

DVD Releases: ‘The Witches of Oz’ While the idea behind it – to imagine Dorothy as the writer of the adventures herself – is a fascinating one that can ideally lead to an interesting reworking of the story, the way this TV series has been crafted just flattens out any initial interest the plot outline may have sparked. In fact, the idea might as well be the only good thing about this production.  Even if you’re willing to look past the uninspired and at times ridiculous costumes and make-up – which make Dorothy Gale look like the personification of a weird and slightly irritating cartoon character, for instance – the actors’ performances also continuously shift from bland to unnecessarily and childishly over-the-top.

Walt Disney Studios Announces Movie Line-Up for the D23 Expo! Exclusively at Disney’s D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney film fans will go behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks, and exhibits.  On Saturday, August 20, Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, Production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, will present a not-to-be-missed look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate, which includes Disney’s The Muppets, John Carter, Disney-Pixar’s Brave, Marvel’s The Avengers, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and more.

Jersey Jack Pinball’s Wizard of Oz Video  The video was shot using an early whitewood without any of the major toys in the game, but it illustrates where the key shots are, where they feed and how the mini-playfields are accessed.  The music used in the video is from the game, but it won’t be used throughout gameplay in the same way you hear it here.  Indeed, much of it is only played before you launch the ball with other themes taking over once the ball is in play and features begin.

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