The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition
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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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Both of us have read the Prydain series of books by Lloyd Alexander, multiple times although it's been at least a decade for both of us, so he knew going in that it was based on those, but people should be mindful that this is Disney - there are lots of liberties taken with the story. I saw this movie, I believe, in the theater, when I was pretty young. I may also have had a copy recorded off the Disney channel back in the day, although I honestly can't remember. Regardless, I knew what I was getting into, but my husband didn't beyond what the cover shows. He didn't hate the movie by any means, but it's quite different from the books, so that's something new viewers should keep in mind.
For all that, I think it's a pretty fun tale if you can ignore the differences. It's fairly typical Disney, although the princess at least rescues the 'hero' this time around. One major thing to keep in mind though is that this movie has SKELETONS in it. Lots of them, and they are reanimated by a necromancer. If you have young children who get scared by movies, DO NOT show this to them. I can imagine a lot of nightmares coming from the experience. I'd think maybe kids over eight or nine would be fine, depending on their usual viewing fare, but use your own judgement.
Again this is based on the books, so the skeletons are not really something Disney could ignore. I also noticed something during a scene with a 'gypsy' type lady dancing on a table, in the midst of a bunch of barbarians. While it's only a split second, she flashes her panties when her skirt flies up. There's also a fair amount of sword/axe fighting and physical action.
I read online that this was actually the first movie Disney put CGI effects into, which are interesting since they're mostly 'vapor', but they are green and glowing which is kind of cool. Nothing special by modern standards, but pretty neat when you think about the older movies appearance. I also read that it was basically a box office flop, which I think is kind of a shame. I remember loving this movie as a kid. As an adult I am more critical of it, but I still enjoyed watching it again. It's kind of an oddball amongst the Disney library, but worth a look in my opinion.
The DVD version, by the way, is a pretty good transfer in my opinion. I'm not a technophile, but we do have a 55" LED/LCD Samsung television with a bluray player, so bad transfers are pretty obvious. I thought this one was decent. The only thing I noticed was the bard's voice (I can't spell his name off the top of my head) - anyway his voice sounded a bit distant from the microphone. However, this may in fact be our television as it has occasionally glitched on audio channels until we've turned it off and back on again, which we didn't do. So don't let that dissuade you from checking this out if you can get a good deal.