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This new Oz The Great and Powerful poster is a Photoshop nightmare

Nov. 8, 2012by: Alex Maidy

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL has a really big pro and a really big con. The pro is, of course, that Sam Raimi directed it. I will see anything Raimi directs, but I can't help feeling that this movie is going to be the Oz version of Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND. That is the big con.

This new poster is everything that was wrong with the Burton movie: it is fake, overly bright, and crammed with CGI creations. I am aware that there is a degree of suspension of disbelief that is needed for movies like this, but this is where I draw the line. The STAR WARS prequels, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and now OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL suffer from being in a fully green screen environment. In order for a movie to work, there has to be something tangible to hold onto. AVATAR, the LORD OF THE RINGS films, and even THE AVENGERS relied heavily on computer generated effects but all feel as if they exist in a tangible place. Pandora seems like it is a place you could actually go to. This version of Oz does not.

The previous posters for the movie have been subtle teasers, using the landscape of the film and hints of the characters to sell the magic of the movie. This one throws everything at us from Munchkins to good and evil flying monkeys.

I hope the movie proves me wrong when OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL opens on March 8, 2013.

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9:59PM on 11/08/2012
I'm getting iffy on this film. I love Sam Raimi and everything he does but this is kinda reminding me of Wonderland a bit to much. lets hope the film comes out great.
I'm getting iffy on this film. I love Sam Raimi and everything he does but this is kinda reminding me of Wonderland a bit to much. lets hope the film comes out great.
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9:53PM on 11/08/2012

Looks like Raimi is trying a little too hard to be like Tim Burton

This looks like the other side to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
This looks like the other side to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
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6:55PM on 11/08/2012
Wow. Can they cram more characters in this poster?
Wow. Can they cram more characters in this poster?
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4:50PM on 11/08/2012
The problem with this poster is that it looks like a bunch of random clipart. None of it blends together. The wicked witch poster was awesome, but this is a complete mess.
The problem with this poster is that it looks like a bunch of random clipart. None of it blends together. The wicked witch poster was awesome, but this is a complete mess.
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4:11PM on 11/08/2012

unless you are an avid movie poster collector....

...i really dont see the big deal one way or the other.
...i really dont see the big deal one way or the other.
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4:02PM on 11/08/2012
It's a pretty craptacular poster with horribly layered graphics. Photoshop hell indeed it is. It looks amazingly amateur that it is almost hard to believe that this is a legit poster. Everything in the foreground has lines that don't blend with the environment, cut and paste. Hopefully the movie isn't as bad.
It's a pretty craptacular poster with horribly layered graphics. Photoshop hell indeed it is. It looks amazingly amateur that it is almost hard to believe that this is a legit poster. Everything in the foreground has lines that don't blend with the environment, cut and paste. Hopefully the movie isn't as bad.
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3:40PM on 11/08/2012
Um hate to break it to you but a lot of alice in wonderland was filmed on sets that were just as fake as the cgi films. To film this all as a gritty live action movie wouldn't work in this age as it would seem almost nothing like the world of oz that spawned the original. In some ways I do agree that some of the cgi may make it a little too magical but at the same time it is not exactly a good idea to start making oz look no different than the reality. By the way that is a fairly decent poster
Um hate to break it to you but a lot of alice in wonderland was filmed on sets that were just as fake as the cgi films. To film this all as a gritty live action movie wouldn't work in this age as it would seem almost nothing like the world of oz that spawned the original. In some ways I do agree that some of the cgi may make it a little too magical but at the same time it is not exactly a good idea to start making oz look no different than the reality. By the way that is a fairly decent poster and at least we don't have a fugly mad hatter to worry about.
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