Return to Oz

1985 PG 1h 49m DVD

Return to Oz

1985 PG 1h 49m DVD
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Dorothy hasn't been the same since she came back from Oz, so a worried Aunt Em sends her niece to a clinic for shock therapy. But as she tries to escape the treatment, Dorothy has a blackout and returns to the mystical land, only to find it in ruins.
Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie
Walter Murch
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Return to Oz is nowhere near as whimsical nor fantastical (nor fantastic) as the Judy Garland classic. It has a gloomier, spookier look and feel, though it does have heart. (Dorothy, as in the first movie, is as sweet as ever.) Children 8 and younger will likely find it disturbing, especially if they're fans of the original. Some scenes show an Oz that's fallen apart, dominated by a headless princess and a vengeful, stony king. The way they go after Dorothy is a freaky, nerve-wracking sight to behold.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Adults threaten a child with electroshock therapy so she stops discussing Oz. Kids nearly drown in a river's raging currents. Heads move and yell, walls connive, and a Nome King is after Dorothy. A gang of monsters chases Dorothy; one threatens to tear her to pieces. A bunch of heads terrorize her, too.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Courage can power you through the most frightful situations, especially when friends are in trouble.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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