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The Sword in the Stone (45th Anniversary Special Edition) (2010)

Ricky Sorenson , Karl Swenson , Wolfgang Reitherman  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Sorenson, Karl Swenson, Norman Alden, Sebastian Cabot, Martha Wentworth
  • Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Writers: Bill Peet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XWU9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sword in the Stone (45th Anniversary Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Merlin's Magical Academy Game

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DESCRIPTION: Humor, spectacle and magic rule in Walt Disney s legendary classic tale The Sword In The Stone now celebrating its 45th Anniversary with exciting new bonus features!
Embark on an adventure-filled quest for an unlikely hero! According to legend, only someone with honor, decency and inner strength can claim the throne of England by pulling out the enchanted sword that lies locked in a massive stone. Many brave knights have tried, so it seems impossible that a young apprentice known as Wart could succeed. But with the guidance of the wizard Merlin, help from some hilarious friends and true strength of character, Wart just might become England s greatest king.
There s even more wizardry fun with marvelous new bonus features including the all-new Merlin s Magical Academy game, animated shorts, Disney s song selection and much more! The Sword In The Stone: 45th Anniversary Special Edition DVD is a magical experience your whole family will want to share again and again!

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165 of 178 people found the following review helpful
By crank
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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113 of 121 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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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray = horrible, blurry mess August 6, 2013
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.


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180 of 212 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen or not...that is the question. March 27, 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Fun magic! nice messages overall. Some negatives (mean bullying, a little bit scary fish scene and a squirrels-in-love scene that seemed to go on rather long, and the mean witch... Read more
Published 6 days ago by skuch5
5.0 out of 5 stars Good animated Medeival movie
This DVD is very cool to watch and is even funny. I loved it
Published 7 days ago by southernlass
5.0 out of 5 stars great price, was a perfect present for a friend ...
great price , was a perfect present for a friend and they loved it
Published 9 days ago by John Geekie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie, great for children (and adults)
Published 10 days ago by Lori G.
5.0 out of 5 stars True Classic and Plays Perfectly, even in a PS3 Gaming Console.
Excellent movie and viewing on a PS3 gaming component. Doesn't skip nor is it blurry. My grandson loves this movie, which is great as it isn't like some of the so-called children's... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Aplumreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every kid needs to see this movie!
Published 19 days ago by Jessie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The movie was lame. I do not recommend to curious adults.
Published 20 days ago by Jessica Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie.
Published 20 days ago by Brian Vitrano
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect everything!!! No complaints!
Perfect everything!!! No complaints!
Published 21 days ago by Andrew Deyoung
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this movie!
Wonderful movie that I loved during childhood! Highly recommend!
Published 21 days ago by andersonesq
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BEWARE: This release is FULL-SCREEN
Clarification...this film was originally created in the Full Screen 1.33:1 aspect ratio, as with many Disney movies in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s. The film was most likely matted to 1.75:1 for theatrical presentation in some theaters like The Jungle Book and 101 Dalmatians, but the cell... Read More
Jun 17, 2008 by KACENAID |  See all 5 posts
The Sword in the Stone -- PLATINUM??
1 Year Later...
I will be Fantasia, but Aladdin was removed so we still have a vacant. :P
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