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The Sword in the Stone 1963 G CC

Merlin trains a young lad destined to be the King of England.

Starring:
Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
Runtime:
1 hour, 19 minutes

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Genres Kids & Family
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
Supporting actors Rickie Sorensen, Junius Matthews
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
I have the 2001 DVD and viewed the 2013 Blu-ray. I watched 5 minutes and thought I forgot to wear my glasses...then I checked through the rest and then promptly returned it. I almost burst into tears, it was SO BAD!!! My favorite Disney film of all time. You know the blu-ray is bad when the old "unmastered" DVD looks amazing in comparison. On the blu-ray, the crisp black lines (the best part of the art) were rounded and thinned out...like someone ran all the blacks through autotrace. All the color details looked blotchy and blurry like a bad watercolor filter. It's like a pirated copy of a VHS tape burned onto disc. Embarrassing and YES, it's incredibly THAT poor in quality. Here's a good review that highlights the visual flaws: [...]

I'm willing to bet the powers that be do not like the rough black lines. History tells us that during that period, Disney studios discovered the xerox machine and that they could save $$$ by xeroxing the pencils right onto the cels and use them in the film. Thus it purposely LOOKS like graphite lines and some of the construction lines appear in and out of consecutive frames. Very much the style of famed lead illustrator, Bill Peet (he's done a ton of children's books in that same sketchy style). And very much NOT the fine painted colored outlines of other films like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty (totally different animation era, totally different illustration style).

Doesn't make it right to bastardize the original integrity of the film by any means, but it's a thought to match to a classic Disney style. And a VERY misguided one, I think.

Btw, I write this as my kid & I are watching the original 2001 DVD upscaled via blu-ray player on a large Sony flatscreen. Looks awesome.
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