RETURN TO OZ
1985, Disney, 113 min, USA, Dir: Walter Murch

Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch directs this pleasantly subtle and delightfully bizarre sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. After a disturbing stint in a mental hospital, a cherubic Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets washed away to Oz, only to find it a changed place. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, vain witch Mombi covets her walk-in chamber of human heads, and a nefarious Nome King has wreaked terror on the land. With the help of new friends (the adorable Tik Tok and hapless, affable Jack Pumpkinhead), Dorothy sets out once again to save Oz from seemingly insurmountable villains.


WILLOW
1988, Criterion Pictures USA, 126 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

In the title role of this exciting fantasy-adventure, Warwick Davis plays the reluctant protector of an infant prophesied to destroy an evil queen; aiding him in his quest is itinerant swordsman Val Kilmer. Based on a story by George Lucas, WILLOW broke new ground with its ILM-designed morphing sequences, picking up Oscar nominations for both sound and visual effects. With Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Billy Barty.


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