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Age by Age Review For: Oz, the Great and Powerful Combo Pack
Oz, the Great and Powerful Combo Pack

On DVD Now
Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG
Age-By-Age Guide
Classic | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Small-town carnival magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) finds himself in a strange land, where he is expected to fulfill a prophecy by becoming the great wizard the citizens have been waiting for.

This "prequel" to the classic movie is visually breathtaking, but just like with the Great and Powerful Oz himself, the special effects simply act as smoke and mirrors to hide something relatively ordinary. The story is much darker and filled with more mature themes than the original, and itís important to know that itís geared toward older tweens rather than young children. Parents may enjoy it on a night out, but families are better off renting The Wizard of Oz, and remembering thereís no place like home.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe Older tweens will be blown away by the stunning visuals but younger kids won't be interested in much of the story and, if they were scared of the flying monkeys in the classic movie, just wait until they see the creatures here--in 3D yet. They'll also be horrified at the mean girl sibling rivalry between the trio of sister witches (Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis), and possibly a little freaked out by the little China Girl. Twelve-year-olds will appreciate seeing that people can do amazing things when they realize that other people believe in them, and they're likely to find food for thought in the idea that being good is more important than being great.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The Combo Pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes bloopers and "Walt Disney and the Road to Oz." The Blu-ray adds segments about the production, the make-up, the China Girl and the music, as well as James Franco's "My Journey in Oz" and a Second Screen Experience, which allows viewers to download a free App for an immersive experience.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Good triumphs over evil
  • Focuses on the importance of making the right choices
Movie Minuses

  • Many perilous situations
  • Scary and disturbing imagery
  • Oscar is a womanizer who uses and discards women