Movie Review: THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

 THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ, is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Arcana Studio. The movie was directed by Sean Patrick O Reilly and features the voice talents of Ron Perlman, William Shatner and Julianne Hough. Since Dorothy found herself on the Yellow Brick Road in 1939, there have been countless adaptations of the treasured film and this one is an imaginative new take on the classic Oz mythology with a modern steampunk twist.

Set a century after Dorothy first clicked her ruby slippers together, the Emerald City is no longer a magical land but a toxic, heavily industrialized wasteland ruled by the iron fist of the once beloved hero, the Tin Man, who has seemingly lost all heart.  Oz’s only hope rests with a young engineer named Victoria Wright, who assembles a motley crew of  ill-mannered munchkins, mischievous flying monkeys and, of course, the not-so-Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow for a quest to find the tin man’s heart. Along their journey, they ultimately learn that friendship and determination can overcome any obstacle, and together end, up teaching everyone in Oz that a heart should not be judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

There has been countless sequels, spinoffs and even musicals of The Wizard of Oz over the years and this latest one is a computer animated adventure that mashes up the wonderful world of Oz with steampunk. This timeline is far away from that one that Dorothy lived in and things have changed now. The Tin Man is now a cold ruler of the Emerald City but there’s a newcomer introduced who takes the war to the dark king to free the land and to hopefully fix his broken heart. She meets a few allies along the way and with their help, they’re able to win the war and ultimately make things right again in the land of Oz.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and specs. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Steam Engines of Oz takes a slightly edgier approach to the beloved source material than what we’re used to getting. This animated adventure with a twist incorporates steampunk elements into its world and introduces several new characters as well as return some fan favorites. The story deals with the Tin Man who is now King of Emerald City and he’s lost his way – he’s also lost his heart and this is behind the war that is going on. There’s a twist to the Tin Man this time around as we learn much more about this character’s tragic past. It’s up to the newbie Victoria and her allies to find the Scarecrow and ultimately battle it out with the Tin Man and his machine army. In the end, they find a way to get Tin Man his heart back and this brings an end to the war. I liked the story and thought the voice cast did a good job with their characters but the computer animation was as basic as it gets. Everything has a minimalist look to it and I don’t know if that’s what they were going for. The Steam Engines of Oz will be available on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on June 5th and is geared towards a younger audience.

Distributor: Cinedigm

Run Time: 75 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A



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