Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horn, Mable King, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell. Can you dig it? Yes, it’s based on the uber-hokey Wizard of Oz, but instead of Kansas, we’re in Harlem this time, baby.
The funky music is groovy, belted out by some of the most legendary vocals around at the time. The urban feel adds a sense of danger that transcends the fairytale pastiche in the Judy Garland classic. Add to that the fact that this version of the Emerald City was none other than the now-gone Twin Towers, and you get an unintended extra bit of reality hitting viewers right in the brainstem. This thing is creepy, soulful, and funny. Ease on down!