Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure and Academy Award®-nominated music (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone – now on Blu-ray Combo Pack for the first time ever!
I was a big fan of the Arthurian Legend growing up, and I seem to remember that the Disney version was a cute story about Wart training under Merlin, with Archimedes (the owl) as his advisor and friend. Wart gets to learn life’s lessons from Merlin, using his magic to turn Wart into different animals, who each have their own problems.
After watching this again on Blu-Ray, I can say that it almost reminds me of playing Dragon’s Lair, the video game. Because the figures look similar (Sir Kay is almost a perfect match), and the Blu-Ray is so clean and crisp, and the sound is excellent. There’s one scene where Wart is cleaning the inside of a cauldron on its side, and as he goes inside the cauldron, his voice sounds like the inside of a cave, and echoes all around. I hadn’t noticed that so strongly before the Blu-Ray.
Here are my thoughts on the Bonus Features:
New Alternative Opening: Where Wart Meets Merlin – Nice addition for the Blu-Ray. I think this would have worked just as well as the original opening. Tell us what you think if you see this.
Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers – The Sherman Brothers show us some of the music and contributors to music soundtracks for classic Disney Films and Television. In this excerpt, we hear them sing “Blue Oak Tree”, which was on the soundtrack, but wasn’t actually used in the film.
Sing-along with The Movie – The movie version everyone should be playing
Disney Short Cartoons: A Knight for a Day & Brave Little Tailor – You can show these as Previews or as an intermission for the film.
Take an amazing journey with a young orphan named “Wart” and the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself!
Feature Run Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 DTS-HDHR, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Sebastian Cabot (The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) as Sir Ector
Karl Swenson (The Birds, Judgment at Nuremberg) as Merlin
Rickie Sorensen (Tarzan and the Trappers, Tarzan’s Fight for Life) as Wart
Junius Matthews (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) as Archimedes
Martha Wentworth (101 Dalmatians, The Stranger) as Madam Mim
Norman Alden (The Transformers: The Movie, Back to the Future) as Sir Kay
Alan Napier (Marnie, Batman) as Sir Pellinor
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians)
Writer: Bill Peet (Cinderella, Dumbo)