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Turkish Wizard of Oz (1969)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: 5 Minutes to Live
Running Time: 101 min.

The Turkish Wizard of Oz has to go down in history as one of the most amazing remakes ever made. The film gets off to a quick start; once in Oz, Dorothy encounters a group of dwarfs dressed as toy solders, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion (a fat guy in a pair of brown pajamas with hair glued to it). The wicked witch pursues Dorothy by using a group of men dressed as Roman solders. Once they reach the wizard, they simply see a skull on a table in front of a fireplace. Bonus Feature included on this disc: Tramps & The Wizard of Orox. Starring the Brazilian 3 Stooges as the Tramps; complete with a Tin Man (a guy in a big metal garbage can), a lion and a group black guys dressed as singing & dancing vultures.

PLEASE NOTE: This film is in Turkish with NO English subtitles. (The bonus film is in Portuguese, also with NO English subtitles.)

This title is only legitimately available as a DVD-R. Unfortunately, some older DVD players are unable to play this disc. If (or when) another version becomes available, we will replace all copies of the film at that time.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Stick around for Xuxa! by GGoodsell December 25, 2005 - 8:53 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
By now, everyone's heard about popular Turkish cinemas appropriation of Western cultural icons for their own demented spins. This isn't the best example, although it does have its charms. Dorothy is a Turkish peasant girl swept away in a tornado, conveyed through construction paper animation. She meets midgets dressed up as toy soldiers, and goes her merry way. This film adheres closely to the 1939 original, albeit with no money. The Wizard's castle is a disused stone fort left over from World War I, the décor consisting of a single medical school skull. The wicked witch's makeup changes and melts in every shot. There are NO subtitles, so this is primarily wallpaper for your next ironic cocktail party. A better introduction to berserk Turkish cinema is THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD, aka TURKISH STAR WARS.

However -- this DVD-R contains yet another version of THE WIZARD OF OZ, this time from Brazil that is far superior, with English subtitles and starring none other than kiddie show host extraordinaire Xuxa! This is worth a rental if only for Xuxa's portrayal of a no-nonsense elementary school teacher! Xuxa! Yes!

Novelty wears off quickly by RHorsman January 21, 2005 - 9:27 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The poor production values, odd performances, and weird story changes are funny for about 20 minutes, but I ultimately found the film very boring. You're better off renting a John Waters movie or Happiness of the Katakuris if you're looking for strangeness with a bit of camp mixed in...

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