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The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (1985)

Grant Bardsley , John Byner , Ted Berman , Richard Rich  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Grant Bardsley, John Byner, John Hurt, John Huston, Brandon Call
  • Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich
  • Writers: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Al Winston, Art Stevens, David Jonas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, 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: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertianment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003RACGZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New bonus features:
• Deleted scene: The Fairfolk: Join Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, and Princess Eilonwy as they travel into the depths of the earth, and meet the Fairfolk
• The Witches’ Challenge Game: In order to defeat the dark powers of the Horned King, you must get the magical sword. The sword is held by the Witches of Morva. Solve their riddles and the sword is yours
Plus classic DVD features:
• Still frame gallery – Gallery of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos
• Theatrical trailer: Original theatrical trailer
• Quest For The Black Cauldron: Race to reach the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King does in this trivia game
• Trick Or Treat: Donald Duck cartoon from 1952

Editorial Reviews

Fantasy, magic and fun are all brewed together in Disney’s legendary adventure The Black Cauldron. Created from a new digital master this 25th Anniversary Edition features vibrant picture presentation and  includes exciting new bonus features!

Whoever releases the mysterious Black Cauldron’s power will be invincible! The fearsome Horned King will do anything to possess it, but he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran, who dreams of doing heroic deeds. With a motley team of the brave Princess Eilonwy, a minstrel named Fflewddur Fflam and Hen Wen, a remarkable pig who can predict the future, Taran embarks on a quest to stop the Black Cauldron’s evil once and for all. Will he have the courage to succeed?

Now with The Black Cauldron- 25th Anniversary on DVD, you can share more magical adventures with your family!

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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Disney Animated Movie... June 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Not too many remember when this movie was released... it BOMBED in theatres.
Why?
For starters, no one was ready for a PG rated Disney cartoon... especially one that IS NOT a musical. I think it lasted about two weeks in the theaters, then Disney pulled it.

(Something else people might not realize is that, while a failure in theaters, The Black Cauldron was modified and ported over into TV. It became one of Disney's most successful animated TV series: The Gummy Bears. While Taran, Eilonwy, and Creeper are renamed and not the main characters, they are in there!)

Left in the Disney vaults until 1998, this now restored full-length animated feature is a gem, if not a bit rough around the edges. Without your standard "filler" material of songs and silly dancing, The Black Cauldron uses dialog, stunning animation, and action to keep it moving.

The movie is dark, foreboding, and just plain creepy. It is rated PG, and I DO NOT recommend letting your kids sit in front of this one alone!

But for all its good points, The Black Cauldron strays far from Lloyd Alexander's books, too much is left unexplained, and you never get the chance to really care for any of the characters. Compared to other Disney movies, this is a major change as we're always drawn in and quickly bond with the lead characters.

Oh, and contrary to what other reviewers have said, this was NOT Disney's first PG rated movie. That honor goes to The Black Hole (1979).

While this movie is a must for Disney collectors, the rest of us could pass it up and not miss much.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In 1985, Walt Disney Pictures released their 25th animated feature in July 1985. The animated film "The Black Cauldron" is based on the first two novels of Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" books (a total of five novels were created from 1964-1968) and is based on Welsh mythology.

"The Black Cauldron" is the first Disney film to utilize the APT process (a photographic transfer system that can transfer lines or solid blocks of colors onto cels) and as most new animated technology, the film was quite expensive to make.

It was also a Disney film in which it was an interesting risk for the company as the studio wanted to created a PG-rated animated film, especially since the original books that the animated film was adapted from, was quite dark. Because the animated film was not a musical nor was it a happy, uplifting film that many young children would want to see, the film didn't perform quite well in the box office (the film was budgeted at $25 million and made $21 million).

But times have changed since the "The Black Cauldron" was shown in the theater and with films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and television shows such as "The Legend of the Seeker" are more common place for today, there is no doubt that the storyline of "The Black Cauldron" will attract viewers and now "The Black Cauldron" will receive its DVD re-release in Sept. 2010 (the original "The Black Cauldron - Gold Collection" DVD was released in 2000) to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary.

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"The Black Cauldron" is presented in widescreen 2:35:1 (enhanced for 16×9 televisions). The first thing that came to my mind while watching this film is how beautiful the artistic backgrounds were. There is a lot of painted with a lot of detail in the background.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Jake
Format:VHS Tape
Being an avid Disney video collector, I of course saw trailers for this release hitched onto other 1998 tapes, and was genuinely amazed with them alone. Needless to say I ran out to the store August 4 of that year to buy my copy of this never-before-released-on-video animated Disney flick and popped it into the VCR as soon as I got home. I honestly do not understand why so many people who have reviewed this movie have called it bad. Sure, it's different, and yes, it did recieve a PG rating, but those are not nessesarily bad things. And, yes, appearently it IS different from the book, but, putting all of that aside, it is a WONDERFUL movie, and, unlike some reviewers, I'm very glad that they let it out of the vaults.
Taran, dreams of being an incridible warrior, but soon finds himself reduced to searching for Hen Wen, a young pig he tends to that has run away. This eventually leads to his embarking on a quest to find the mythical Black Cauldron, which gives the one who bears it ultumate power, before the evil Horned King. Aside from the adventurous, dark mood, the movie carries other strengths, too. First off, the characters are amazing and can be related to. I too have dreams and fears just like Taran (in fact quite simmilar in one perspective), and he is like a welcome friend to me. Gurgi is cute and funny and is this movie's classic Disney sidekick; there's one in every classic, you know. Second, there's the annimation - it's amazingly mood-setting and obviously helped the animators learn a great viriaty of skills they would use in later films.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
Taking place in a Lord of the Rings-esque setting, Taran (Grant Bardsley) is an "assistant pig keeper" who dreams of being a great warrior. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Andrew Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great deal, very happy
Published 4 days ago by Mark A Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS A CHILDREN'S MOVIE!!!!!
I went around looking for this movie specifically. For those of you who say that you should not let children watch it because it is too scary, dark, etc. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amanda Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as I remembered
I saw it in the theatre back in the 1980s and wanted to see it again. It's great!
Published 7 days ago by Gene Vandervoort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Collection
Me and my boyfriend love this movie. I bought a used copy, but it was in excellent condiction (the case and the actual disc), and arrived fairly quick. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Isabella A. Cardoso
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 10 days ago by brenda lumley
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awesome movie
I really did not know what to expect from this movie. I figured it would be standard fairy tale but it does have its own unique elements. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Carla D. Bilbrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great condition.
Published 24 days ago by Darthgolden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lord of the Rings in Disnese
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Uncut edition
Considering the cuts allegedly amounted to 12 minutes of completed animation, there's surprisingly little information out there about what exactly those 12 minutes were. The dissolving guard sequence surely can't amount to much more than a few seconds.

A comment on IMDb from someone who claims... Read More
Jul 27, 2012 by Neal Vincent |  See all 4 posts
Why Doesn't Amazon Feel the Need to Include Slipcovers?
Disney did not release The Black Cauldron 25th Anniversary DVD with a slipcover. I'm pretty annoyed about it too, but I checked all the retail stores and read online it was released without one.
Oct 4, 2010 by Michael D. Severin |  See all 2 posts
Release it on BLU-RAY please!!!
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