The film Oz the Great and Powerful is out on DVD on Monday 1 July. Directed by Sam Raimi. The film is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and is a prequel to both the novel and the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, which starred Judy Garland.
Set before the events of the 1939 film and original book, Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco as a a small-time Kansas circus magician named Oscar Diggs who gets spirited away to the magical land of Oz, and at first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking… that is until he meets the witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams) who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Diggs soon finds out that the Land of Oz is in turmoil and finds himself drawn into the epic problems facing the Land. Even though he is not the all-powerful saviour the Oz-dwellers think he is, he must put his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even a bit of wizardry in order to battle the wicked witches and restore the Magical Land of Oz to its former glory.