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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Exclusive DVD Clip: The Old-School Movie Magic That Will Surprise You

Oz the Great and Powerful‘ hits DVD and Blu-ray on June 11, and to help get you excited for the release of the 2nd biggest film of 2013 so far, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the bonus features. And those of you that think that practical effects are dead are really going to love this.

While ‘Oz’ director Sam Raimi could have very easily used computers to create the China Doll character (voiced in the film by Joey King), he instead decided he wanted an actual China Doll. So he hired puppeteer Phillip Huber (who movie fans might recognize as the man behind the puppetry in ‘Being John Malkovich’) to work a complicated China Doll marionette on set.

Huber, at points, was decked out completely in a blue-screen suit so that he could be digitally removed from the frame in post-production. But his presence on set allowed the actors to speak to the puppet and react to her in a way that was tangible, not just pretending there was something there.

We’ll admit to just assuming the China Doll character was another CGI creation, and were pleasantly surprised to find out she was real and fascinated to see how one puppeteer brought her to life. As noted in the video, it really is an old-school form of movie magic.

Check out the preview of the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ DVD and Blu-ray above, and for much more from the two-disc set, check it out when it hits stores on June 11.

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