The Sword in the Stone
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Dazzling color and brilliant animation bring the medieval legend of King Arthur to life in THE SWORD IN THE STONE. With a forest full of charm, spectacle, and wizardry, Disney's classic tale conjures up delightful entertainment for all ages! England is in the midst of a dark age and without a proper king, Young "Wart," an orphan and squire-in-training, is content with kitchen duties in his foster home -- until he drops in on the extraordinary wizard Merlin and his articulate owl, Archimedes. Through three life lessons, Wart learns to set his "sights on the heights," armed with the most powerful forces on earth -- intellect, wisdom, and love. When it's time to contest who will be king, Wart must use his newfound knowledge to do what no mighty knight has done before! Join in all the magical marvels that make THE SWORD IN THE STONE a classic animated film and pure Disney gold!
- Fully Restored and Remastered
- Deleted Song, "The Magic Key"
- Scrapbook--Still Frame Art Gallery
- Knight For a Day Animated Short Starring Goofy
- Brave Little Tailor Animated Short Starring Mickey Mouse
- Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers Short
- All About Magic, 1957 TV Show Hosted By Walt Disney
- Film Facts--A Behind-The-Scenes Exclusive
- Sing-Along Versions of "Higitus Figitus" and "That's WHat Makes The World Go Round"
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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. Many people are still unsure of things related to how these films should look.
The OAR for the Xerography process (1961-1981) in Disney films is variable. They were animated at 1.33:1 so that when they were seen on TV they wouldn't be pan and scan, but they were also intended to be matted to a widescreen aspect ratio for theatrical runs. 1.75:1 is the booklet ratio suggested for theaters in America for the time by some accounts. 1.66:1 may have been popular in Europe. This doesn't obviously make what we have here truth, but we will never know what would be done today as the director and Walt Disney are dead.
I want to make it clear that this film is made unwatchable because of the DNR. I implore the reader to go to Bluray.com and read the review and then the forums to make up their own mind. The releases of 2013 including Robin Hood and Oliver & Company came out pretty well concerning their lower budgets. THIS ONE did not. The screencaps tell the story. It looks HORRID. Some scenes look okay but I'd say over 70% of it just looks like some upconverted garbage with way too much DNR applied. Disney applies DNR typically to make the cells appear as they originally were in their purest form; to get rid of the grain in other words so the animation looks as it did on the original cells. This goes way beyond that.
The film hasn't been preserved as it should have been. People need to at least start sending a message to Disney even if they do choose to purchase this. Sword in the Stone is a great animation film and a personal favorite of mine so I cannot let this go without a fight.
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.
The new Blu-ray release is an improvment over the first DVD release, except it crops off the top & bottom of the picture. The Sword In The Stone was filmed 1:37-1 Full Frame.
While the Blu-ray is not as sharp as other Blu-rays, this may be an issue with the original film elements.
I saw no real improvement in the colors, just a slight change in the hue, the brightness is still the same. Not outstanding.
Negative specs that show up in the original DVD have been cleaned up (but a small amount of detail was sacrificed in the clean up).
I will still keep my old DVD to watch the FULL FRAME image.
As far as bonuses, Disney has added some new deleted scenes, that alone would make upgrading to Blu-ray worth it.
If you did not get the previous DVD release, then this is worth getting. Disney claims this will be letterboxed 1:66-1, if it is anything like Jungle Book, this will be a mistake.
There is little reason to buy this if you already own the first FULL FRAME release. Most of the bonuses listed below were on the previous release, and that earlier release was nicely restored. I doubt Disney will do any further restoration.
* All-New Merlin's Magical Academy Game - In this all new game Merlin tests viewers' knowledge of the world as they are transformed into a fish, a squirrel and an owl--just like Wart in the movie.
* Knight for a Day - Goofy stands in for his master at a joust in this medieval themed short film. ***Also on the previous DVD release, and the "Complete Goofy" DVD set.***
* Brave Little Tailor - When Mickey tells a white lie about his fighting prowess, he ends up facing down a rampaging giant. ***Also on the previous DVD release, and the Mickey Mouse In Color DVD set.***
* Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers - A profile of the musical geniuses behind The Sword in the Stone and so many other Disney hits. Includes the deleted song, "The Magic Key." ***Also on the previous DVD release.***
* The Sword in the Stone Scrapbook - An exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive program featuring still-frame galleries and film facts. ***Also on the previous DVD release***
* Disney Song Selection
* And Much More!
The movie itself falls a little short of being a classic, it is the beginning of the weak period. Walt still had his hand in this, but he was more focused on his television show. Even the Sherman Brothers admit their music was below par, but they were new at scoring movies.