It will be a film school topic of discussion for years to come. The backstory of the production and financiing of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is far more fascinating than the actual release of the film theatrically.
For the record, 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment has picked up domestic distribution for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet), which will take place on Aug. 26. The ARR works out to 109 days and the box office take was a paltry $8.4 million.
For the backstory, check out Jordan Zakarin’s June 24 posting in The Wrap (http://www.thewrap.com/legends-of-oz-box-office-flop-investors/), which details Ryan and Roland Carroll’s eight-year odyssey in funding this animated film production co-directed by Will Finn (Home on the Range, The Road to El Dorado) and Dan St. Pierre (Everyone's Hero) and featuring the voice work of Lea Michele (Dorothy), Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer and Dan Aykroyd as her companions, The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man and The Scarecrow respectively.
Bonus goodies include a pair of featurettes, a “Sing Along the Yellow Brick Road” and the “Legends of Oz: Activity Sheet.”
In other release news this week, Claire Danes returns as Carrie Mathison, CIA operative (with all sorts of issues) on Sept. 9 with DVD and Blu-ray three-disc sets of Homeland: Season Three. Joining her are Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), U.S. Marine and former POW of al-Qaeda and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), her CIA boss, who keeps pulling her chestnuts out of the fire.
Bonus features include commentary for the season’s final episode, “The Star,” deleted scenes and a pair of production featurettes — “The Tower of David - Filming in Puerto Rico” and “The Last Days: Filming the Season Finale.”
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