The Sword in the Stone
Special Edition, 45th Anniversary Special Edition
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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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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.
If by some miracle you haven't seen this, here's some of what you have to look forward to: Merlin the magician in his tall pointy blue hat and long robe and long white beard, and his sidekick Archimedes the grouchy but wise owl; animated dishes and household objects (the first movie to have these I think) - and when he packs up his house everything flies through the air shrinking down and packing themselves in his suitcase; as a lesson for young Arthur he turns him into a fish and they have an adventure in the water and nearly get eaten; in another lesson he turns Arthur into a squirrel; in another lesson he turns him into a sparrow and Arthur meets "Mad Madame Mim" an evil (but not scary) witch...and then there is a Wizards dual between Merlin and Mim which is just awesome!
It doesn't have the snappy remarks that Pixar and more recent Disney movies have - but it's not without humorous remarks. And I really love the "lessons" all kids can benefit from, but they're not preachy or like going to school.
I HIGHLY recommend watching this again and again! Probably better for ages 6 and up...
This movie is adapted from a book of the same title (written by T.H. White). Mr. White's book follows the early life of a famous British folklore hero, King Arthur (a legendary monarch of the 6th century). Bill Peet, a Disney animator and writer, wrote the adaptation and did an outstanding job. His writing is very very good. The script is clever and insightful and it has a delicate charm and a depth of goodness.
According to the story, a sword is magically thrust deep into an anvil that sits on top of a large stone. It is decreed (on the sword itself) that who-so-ever is able to remove the sword from the stone shall be anointed king of England. Many men try ... but they all fail. Then, after a long time has passed, a youth named Arthur appears on the scene and, miraculously, he pulls the sword from the stone ... and then is made ruler over all of England.
The story also includes another legendary character ... Merlin (a wizard & magician). Merlin is wise, powerful ... and dotty. He foresees the arrival of the twelve year old Arthur and he feels that it is fore-ordained duty to be the boy's teacher/mentor/companion to guide the lad toward some mysterious destiny.
Merlin, Arthur, and Merlin's pet owl Archimedes (who can talk) then embark on three magical adventures (the squirrel scene ... the second adventure ... is simply delightful). After these "educational" adventures are completed the movie moves swiftly to the dramatic moment of Arthur and the sword.
Throughout the story there are, of course, bad guys (and bad creatures), but no danger is too serious or too scary and the bad guys are never allowed to win ... even temporarily. Whether it is Sir Ector or Kay or a wolf, he (the bad guy) always falls victim to some misfortune (which is fun, of course). Walt Disney was not always so benevolent in his films. Take "Pinocchio" for example, where the bad guys are allowed to prevail for most of the movie (which definitely detracts from the movie's appeal).
The voice characterizations in "The Sword in the Stone" are very good. Karl Swenson provides the voice of Merlin, and he is wonderful. I guess it was his 30 years of experience in films and (more particularly) radio that enabled him to do such an excellent job, but it is a truly remarkable and enjoyable voice performance. Junius Matthews does the voice for Archimedes the owl, and he is superb. Sebastian Cabot provides the voice for Arthur's boisterous, self-important, crass, and uncouth master Sir Ector ... and this would be the usually refined, articulate, and dignified actor Sebastian Cabot ("We should call it 'Untidy Joseph' rather than 'Sloppy Joe'" - from his role as Mr. French in "Family Affair"). Martha Wentworth does the voice of the evil Madame Mim ... and she is a delight!
All in all, "The Sword in the Stone" gives us very good entertainment, and it merits repeated viewings.
Great video quality and sound quality. Just like the original, but maybe a little better.
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