In this post, I will talk about the 1985 live-action Disney film Return to Oz. For those who have never heard of it or haven't seen it, it's a terrific film based on L. Frank Baum's second and third Oz books, The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, published in 1904 and 1907, respectively. Made in the dusk of pre-CG effects, it brilliantly utilizes Jim Henson's animatronic technology and Will Vinton's "Claymation". While many people talk about how terrible of a film it is when they compare it to MGM's 1939 release of The Wizard of Oz, the truth is that it wasn't made as a sequel to this film, but rather to the original story, as presented in Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It really is a terrific film. As the Anchor Bay release of the film three years ago was the first DVD I ever owned, I was unfamiliar with what was considered "good". I naturally loved it. But more recently, I've really gotten into DVD and I've found myself more and more disappointed with this release. Here are the specs on that bare-bones release. Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) - non-anamorphic and full of all the original dust and scratches typical of a celluloid copy shown in theaters for several weeks. Pan-and-Scan Presentation (1.33:1) - bleh! An introduction star Fairuza Balk (Dorothy) - this is an annoying clip that represents the first chapter of the film. Balk says "Hi, I'm Fairuza Balk, and my first film, Return to Oz is on next. I hope you enjoy it." Then the film begins with Chapter 2. I always press the Skip Forward button and get right to the movie. And when you go to the menu labled "Extras" (note the plural), you find this (and only this). An interview with Balk, called Fairuza Returns to Oz - just over eleven minutes... fairly interesting to watch. This film deserves much better treatment. Here's the list of specs I would love to see for a Collector's Edition of this incredible movie. Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) - made from a brand new print of the film (and do away with Pan-and-Scan altogether!) Surround Sound - Dolby Digital and/or DTS Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Walter Murch and star Fairuza Balk (and possibly co-writer Gill Dennis). Murch has such a rich voice, and Balk has sentimental memories of making this film at the tender age of nine. Original Theatrical Trailer(s) - I have no idea how many were made, but I know there was at least one, and I'd love to see it! Deleted Scenes - if they still exist... Documentaries and Featurettes - it would be great to see these cover the following subjects: The Oz Books - L. Frank Baum, his books, and the world created therein The Animatronic Characters - including Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and the Gump. These things are really breathtaking The Visual Effects - even today, Will Vinton's Claymation amazes me. Especially the Nome King's messenger and the scene where the infuriated Nome King attempts to devour Jack and the Gump The Actors - for obvious reasons The Premiere around the world - I hear the Japanese went nuts over the film, even though it wasn't so well accepted here in the U.S. As a die-hard Oz fan, I can say that there are many, many people like me who would love to see a release of this nature.