Sword in the Stone [50th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [1963]

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  • Release Date: 08/06/2013
  • Rating: G
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (795 out of 811)

Special Features


  • Never-before-seen alternate opening: Where Wart meets Merlin
  • Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers
  • Sing along with the movie
  • Bonus short: "A Knight For a Day"
  • Bonus short: "Brave Little Tailor"

Synopsis


The Sword in the Stone
1963's The Sword in the Stone is Disney's animated take on Arthurian legend. In the midst of the Dark Ages, when England has no rightful ruler, a sword imbedded in a stone mysteriously appears in a London churchyard, bearing the inscription "Whoso pulleth out the sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England." Scores of would-be kings travel to London to attempt the feat and thereby claim the throne. They all fail. Years later, in the English countryside, an 11-year-old squire nicknamed Wart (Rickie Sorensen) is devotedly helping his incompetent foster brother, Kay (Norman Alden), train to become a knight, when he meets the great magician Merlin (Karl Swenson). The well meaning, but absentminded, wizard declares himself Wart's mentor and claims that he will lead the boy to his destiny. Spirited and full of spunk, Wart (whose real name is Arthur) approaches Merlin's lessons with the same determination that he applies to Kay's hopeless training and to the monotonous chores he is assigned by his guardian. He soon finds himself accompanying Kay to London for a jousting tournament that will determine England's new king. There, Wart forgets to bring Kay's weapon to the joust, but finds an abandoned sword in a nearby churchyard -- which he effortlessly pulls out of a stone. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Norman Alden - Kay
  • Sebastian Cabot
    Sebastian Cabot - Sir Ector
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    Junius Matthews - Archimedes
  • Alan Napier
    Alan Napier - Sir Pelinore
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    Rickie Sorenson - Wart



Overall customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad news for digital copy customers

    Posted
    dcunhappy
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    I had upgraded my older original DVD of Sword and the Stone to the new Blu-Ray/DVD/DC edition. I was excited to add this film to my digital collection on my laptop for travel. However, the DC is not hooked to Itunes (like all previous Disney films) nor Ultraviolet (of which I am not a fan of). In order to obtain a DC of this film I had to sign up for either Amazon or Vudu. Turns out my devices are not eligible for Amazon so that left Vudu which was a nightmare to try to get installed, etc. In the end I did not get Vudu because of so many issues, so there went my DC of the film. I contacted Disney and was informed that there were about 6 films to date that are using this new DC format. I informed them of the issues I was having and hoped that they would not stick with this format. In future I will not be upgrading any of my older Disney DVD films if this DC format is what they are going to stick with.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-have Disney classic

    Posted
    kueff
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    I am not going to review the plot or aspects of the actual film as you can go to much better places for that online. You are wondering if its worth buying this edition, no? If you are starting a new Disney collection where you must have BluRay then this is certainly for you. Or if you are like me and think that the added bit of cost to future-proof your collection is worth buying the BR+DVD combo, then this is for you. However, if you could care less on which version you buy, then I would suggest just getting the DVD or finding an older DVD edition online that would save you money. There is not a whole lot of new extras or greatly enhanced film quality of this edition compared to other DVD quality ones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another good Disney Blu-ray Tansfer

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    MovieGuy
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    Going to echo my review of the Robin Hood set and say That I’m glad I waited for not only a Blu-ray release but one that comes with the Digital Copy. For someone who tends to view DC versions more than the disc, it helps when movies come with the digital code. Disney movies hardly ever go on sale and older ones hardly ever come win Digital codes. The DVD is obviously an older version as it has older movies for the pre-movie “coming soon” and “now in theaters” previews but doesn’t effect the movie at all. Great purchase for a great price though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh. Low end Disney.

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    rdj252
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    Just not a great movie. Mildly entertaining, with the only highlight the magic battle. When Arthur finally gets the sword from the stone the movie is over and the cool stuff (knights, the round table) comes after. Nothing really to keep the kids interested. Mine said it was okay. I bet it never comes out of the movie cabinet again. Still, anything is better than Emoji Movie, Boss Baby, Happy Feet or Home on the Range. Those just stink. This was just boring.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Elder Disney Classic

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    wraith7
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    This amazing treasure came out way before I existed. I think back in the 50s or 60s. However I have cherished it since childhood. It is amazing and very funny. Gorgeous animation. Perfect for kids and great for adults. I love that there is little to No singing. This is rare for Disney films. Also The story is great as Arthur lore goes and you could easily count this as canon. This is perfect as a prequel to any adult Arthur Legend. This really is him as a young boy in my book. So watch this and then Excalibur!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Disney film-package not exciting

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    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I have always enjoyed this film being a Disney fan. Good though NOT great. Being an anniversary edition release on DVD (or the 2cd release of it on DVD) that package however is nothing special. Only a 1 disc package. NOT a lot of extras. No making of special or anything. Only extra of interest to me is a segment on the Oscar winning Sherman Brothers. True, this film was not a big box office hit for the studio so you can understand why no real special package here in my opinion. BUT, the studio did market it for the 45th anniversary so you would think there would have been something more special about this DVD release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Disney

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    Bumblebee
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    I must admit I’ve seen just about every incarnation of the Arthurian legend told. Yet this movie still holds a special place in my heart. Not only do we get to see a young Arthur turdored by Merlin but we also learn the lessons along with him. Merlin also learns many lessons too. This film is most definitely an animated classic and at $9 for a dvd, blu ray and digital copy version I just couldn’t say no.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great movie butchered by bad video quality

    Posted
    Tch0rT

    The movie itself is a childhood classic for me however Disney completely ruined the video quality on the 50th anniversary Blu-Ray. Keep your DVD or find and old non 50th Anniversary copy. They applied some Digital Noise Reduction and it took out a lot of background detail and blurred all the line work. They also cropped the aspect ratio. Want to know how the Blu-Ray looks without buying it? Put on the DVD, press the Zoom button on the DVD player or TV, and then smear Vaseline all over your TV. Google AVSforum The Sword In The Stone is a Disaster to read more and see screenshot comparisons.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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