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Oz The Great and Powerful coming to Blu-Ray on June 11th

Oz The Great And Powerful

*Disclaimer* This post may be mostly an excuse to post a picture of a monkey in a hat.

Disney announced today that Oz The Great And Powerful will come to Blu-Ray on June 11th. I personally gave the movie a B-. It looked really nice but somehow the whole was less than the sum of the parts.

Blu-Ray bonus features include:

The Magic of “Oz The Great and Powerful” (Second Screen Experience) – An immersive Second Screen experience that details all things Oz.  From an interactive map full of secrets and surprises, to an inside look at the spectacular world of Oz. All fans need to do is download the special “The Magic of Oz The Great and Powerful: Second Screen” App (which is free and currently available for immediate download at the iTunes Store for iPads) which provides fans with infinite opportunities to remain connected to their favorite film, its cast of characters and to dive deeper into the magical world of Oz. This App provides exclusive access to invigorating and exclusive content including:

  • The Enchanting Characters and Creatures of Oz – From Munchkins and Tinkers to good witches, bad witches, and flying baboons, this piece follows each character and creature of the Land of Oz from inspiration to final outcome.
  • The Sounds of Magical Oz – What adds fragility to the sounds of China Girl’s footsteps; ferocity to the tornado; or weight to the flutter of Finley’s flapping wings?
  • Sleight of Hand: Zach Braff Puppet Theater – Actor, and voice of Finley, Zach Braff introduces viewers to the Finley mockup.
  • Mariah Carey Music Video

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My Journey in Oz by James Franco – A personal story produced and directed by James Franco.

Mr. Elfman’s Musical Concoctions – An interview with composer Danny Elfman unveils his inspiration in scoring “Oz The Great And Powerful.”

China Girl and the Suspension of Disbelief – This feature uncloaks the several forms of movie magic employed to bring China Girl to life, from the initial artwork and character design, to the on-set puppeteering during filmmaking, and finally, through each stage of the visual-effects process; and includes an interview with Joey King, the voice of China Girl.

Before Your Very Eyes: From Kansas to Oz – Production designer Robert Stromberg takes viewers through the set design of the Land of Oz, from sketching his original ideas on a napkin, through to the final set pieces and the accompanying visual effects.

Mila’s Metamorphosis – Lead makeup artist Howard Berger expands on one of the oldest, most tried-and-true forms of movie magic: makeup design and effects.

Walt Disney and the Road to Oz – It is well known that Walt Disney had a fascination with the Land of Oz since he was a child.  See how that fascination grew into inspiration as he began planning for his own adaptation of the stories in the classic Baum books.

 

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*Photos courtesy Disney Home Entertainment








World’s Smallest Movie Released: A Boy And His Atom

A Boy And His Atom

The tech wizards at IBM are working at the atomic level to improve data storage, and as a result they have the ability to move individual carbon monoxide atoms around on a surface. To show off a little bit they’ve taken this ability and used it to make a stop-motion movie about a boy and his pet atom, individually moving single atoms to make up each frame. Titled “A Boy And His Atom”, Guinness has certified it as the “World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film”.