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The Sword in the Stone (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1963)

Ricky Sorenson , Karl Swenson , Wolfgang Reitherman  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ricky Sorenson, Karl Swenson, Norman Alden, Sebastian Cabot, Martha Wentworth
  • Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Writers: Bill Peet
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CUDD0XO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sword in the Stone (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure and Academy Award-nominated music (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone – now on Blu-ray Combo Pack for the first time ever! Take an amazing journey with a young orphan named “Wart” and the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself!

Product Description

Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure, and Academy Award-nominated music (best score - adaptation or treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone - on DVD and now on Blu-ray combo pack for the first time ever! Take an amazing journey with a young orphan named "Wart" and the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself!

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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive Slap in the Face to Disney Fans August 6, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For the 50th anniversary of on of their classic animated films, Disney has released such a sloppy, ugly, amateurish effort that I am ashamed to say that I pre-ordered.

The picture quality is washed out, blurry and lacking any detail - it has been digitally manipulated to the point where it looks like a kids paint by number coloring book.

I have never returned a Disney Blu-Ray and asked for a refund - in fact, I have never returned ANY Blu-Ray based on quality and asked for a refund - but I will now.

I would rather watch my years old SD DVD than this horrific mess. It's that bad, and the DVD is actually SUPERIOR quality.

Stay far away.

And Disney - do the right thing and offer fans a replacement and re-pressing. This is utterly embarrassing. It's obvious you don't care about this title, but fans would have had a superior product if you had simply reissued the DVD.
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148 of 160 people found the following review helpful
By crank
Format:Blu-ray
Well they messed this one up about as much one can. No one really knows what went wrong with the restoration, but the film is now blurry and ugly to look at for most of its runtime and is outdone by its 'older' iTunes HD counterpart and that is frankly pathetic. And even that release is being replaced with the newer 'restored' one. The sketchy artwork is clearly sourced from a dated master and has had all of its sharper qualities reduced to blobs in a decent portion of the picture because of EXCESSIVE DNR.

Sword in the Stone has been 'cleaned' within an inch of its life.... Easily the worst Disney transfer out there. We had some problems with Cinderella losing details to the DNR machine and we also had problems with a couple other discs. Fox and the Hound basically got very little restoration in parts and Aristocats + Rescuers had some softness but nothing to this scale. Those releases actually look quite good imho. This is just ridiculous.

After much debate, I consider the 60s films including Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book to have some minor framing problems in the given aspect ratio here. Whether official or not I would still like to see a reframed 1.75:1 or better yet a 1.66:1 ratio more faithful to the elements of the film that have been chopped off. Sword in the Stone at 1.75:1, just like The Jungle Book, seems too congested for this aspect ratio. I'd say this one fares okay but it can still look awkward.

A 1.66:1 'middle ground' ratio like that of Aristocats or Fox and the Hound, which look great in that ratio, would have helped immensely to keep the original elements in play as much as possible while staying faithful to the theatrical presentation. Refer to recent comments for more in-depth discussion.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray = horrible, blurry mess August 6, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Disney should be ashamed!!!

The new Blu-ray of The Sword and The Stone is horrible, blurry mess!
I was ready to "blind buy" this Blu-ray, as I have with many Disney animated titles,
but the tools used to degrain (AKA DNR) this film removed so many details that the DVD now has superior picture quality
and more details and that should NEVER be the case.

The film is now blurry and details are GONE. I hope Disney shows that they respect their animation fans and redoes this release
with a new transfer that represents the film and retains all the details and marks a significant improvement in picture
quality over the DVD, instead of a film with all the grain removed that also took out all the hand drawn details.

I no longer trust Buena Vista Home Video knows how to treat their own back catalog of films, and that greatly saddens and angers me.
If they hate their animated films, they will continue to do to them what they did to The Sword and The Stone Blu-ray release.
Only someone criminally negligent who has no regard for their own history would release a product like this.

Also, now the iTunes HD digital copy has been "upgraded" to the same horrible transfer that looks like the whole film was smeared with Crisco.

Angrily,

Die-Hard Disney Animation Fan
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176 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen or not...that is the question. March 27, 2003
Format:DVD
I remember "The Sword in the Stone" as a widescreen movie, so I was dismayed to find that Disney had released this animated favorite to DVD in a cropped/pan-and-scan format. However, on further investigation, I discovered that, to my surprise, "The Sword in the Stone" was not a widescreen motion picture... at least not originally. Apparently, like "101 Dalmations" and other films of the late 1950s and early 1960s, "The Sword in the Stone" was made to be projected in one of two formats: either widescreen or full-frame, depending on the theater where it was shown. It seems that the Disney animators designed the film with a bit of 'extra picture' at the top and bottom of each frame; that way this 'extra' could be cut off without ruining the image in theaters playing it in widescreen. In other theaters, and on television, the film could be shown in a standard full-frame (1.33:1) format. So, according to Disney, the current full-frame DVD of "TSITS" is indeed the film in it's "original format'. Admittedly, it may not be the way that most of us remember this great little movie, but it is the way the folks at Disney made it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I sent ti to another grandson without opening it for a Christmas present. So I have not experienced it myself.
Published 2 days ago by Tse Yuin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Revived!
I was so thrilled to put this into the Blue Ray Player and share it with my children (ages 6 & 8). It was exactly as I remembered it, and now it's a favorite of my kids as well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Queri Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite childhood movie
This was a favorite childhood movie. Although not as technologically advanced as current productions, the magic and wholesome storyline I expect from Disney was well represented.
Published 9 days ago by C. Layton
5.0 out of 5 stars love, it
I bought it for my grandkids and they are enjoying watching it. I had it in VHS when it first came out, but it is worn out.
Published 10 days ago by Karma Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Fun fantasy film for the whole family. A Disney classic which my kids just love. We got it quickly and in great working order.
Published 14 days ago by Paul Young
5.0 out of 5 stars love this classic
My kids love to watch this classic movie. Bill Peet also worked on this movie and he is one of my favorite.
Published 15 days ago by Rebecca Michaelsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
It was a lot of fun to see it again. Great to reconnect with it and share it with my grandchildren.
Published 20 days ago by Steven E. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
kids love this. I like the 3 different types of adventures and the lessons he learns from each one. maybe a little scary for small kids with the dragon and the "dangers"... Read more
Published 23 days ago by mom12
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie as a kid and grown up
love the movie! and now I can watch it wherever I go. I loved it as a kid and still as an adult~
Published 25 days ago by Dina Chun
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
I liked watching this movie. It's pretty cute, and I can see why it's a popular Disney animated movie. I would tell any Disney fan to get this movie to add to their collection. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jennifer Tinquist
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Digital Copy??
Yes, it comes with a digital copy for VUDU or Amazon. Not iTunes, like previous Disney releases.
Aug 6, 2013 by Daniel A. Hendricks |  See all 4 posts
Region Free ?
Yes, all Disney BluRays are regionfree - regarding the BLURAY...the DVD is region-locked!

I am from Germany and I have been ordering Disney Blurays for the past 3 years....works absolutely fine!
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