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.


EXCALIBUR
1981, Warner Bros., 140 min, UK, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Director John Boorman’s retelling of the Arthur legend brings the story of Arthur’s court to life via a series of stunning images and rich performances by, among others, Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.


HAMLET (1969)
1969, Sony Repertory, 117 min, UK, Dir: Tony Richardson

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy gets the Tony Richardson treatment (brought to the screen after a successful stage run of Richardson’s own production in London), and stars Nicol Williamson in the titular role, with Anthony Hopkins as King Claudius and Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia.


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