RETURN TO OZ
1985, Disney, 113 min, USA, Dir: Walter Murch

Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch directs this pleasantly subtle and delightfully bizarre sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. After a disturbing stint in a mental hospital, a cherubic Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets washed away to Oz, only to find it a changed place. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, vain witch Mombi covets her walk-in chamber of human heads, and a nefarious Nome King has wreaked terror on the land. With the help of new friends (the adorable Tik Tok and hapless, affable Jack Pumpkinhead), Dorothy sets out once again to save Oz from seemingly insurmountable villains.


EXPLORERS
1985, Paramount, 109 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

Ethan Hawke made his feature film debut playing a 12-year-old boy who dreams of going into outer space; River Phoenix and Jason Presson are the friends who help him get there.


HEIDI
1937, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: Allan Dwan

This touching adaptation of the classic children’s book stars Shirley Temple in one of her signature roles as an orphan sent off to her grumpy grandfather (Jean Hersholt) in the Swiss Alps. The old man’s heart soon melts under Heidi’s sunny disposition, but then the little girl he’s come to love is taken away to live with a rich family in Germany.


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