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The Black Cauldron [DVD] [1985]

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  • Actors: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, Arthur Malet
  • Directors: Richard Rich, Ted Berman
  • Writers: Al Wilson, Art Stevens, Burny Mattinson, David Jonas, Doug Lefler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov. 2002
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,162 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In Walt Disney's 25th animated feature, Taran is a young man who undertakes a heroic task in the magical and mystical land of Prydain. He sets out on his quest to prevent the evil Horned King unleashing the supernatural powers of the Black Cauldron on the people of Prydain. All he has is his magic sword and his travelling companions (the beautiful Princess Eilonwy, Gurgi the funny, furry creature and a clairvoyant pig) in the race to find the Black Cauldron first.


In the mystical land of Prydain, Taran, a young boy who dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. In a race against the evil Horned king, Taran must be the first to find the mysterious Black Cauldron, or the Horned King will unleash its power and take over the world. With the help of a magic sword, an enchanting princess, an adorable clairvoyant pig and a funny little creature named Gurgi, Taran overcomes winged dragons, the King’s monstrous henchmen, three batty witches and more--and learns nothing is as powerful as courage and friendship. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 1 July 2009
Format: DVD
Disney's 26th animated feature is one of the studio's less heralded films, but is actually an engrossing sword and sorcery fantasy that has echoes of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy in its depiction of an evil undead king and his determination to locate the eponymous cooking pot in order to reawaken his army of the dead and lay waste to the land. This is not Sauron but `The Horned King', and his nemeses are not hobbits but Terran, a young pig boy, and his companions, a dotty old minstrel, a pig with magical properties, a beautiful scullery maid and a bonkers furry creature.

Made in the mid 80s, The Black Cauldron is a dark and genuinely creepy creation, featuring a host of supernatural moments and a villain whose death-like visage seems more suited to an adult horror movie. There are some typically Disney humourous moments but these are few and far between, and ultimately this is a sinister and grown-up animated movie, and one whose plot comes second to its impressive visuals.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
This is probably the darkest (literally) Disney cartoon made, even eclipsing Snow White for dismal castle scenes and skeletons. My daughter, then 7, simply didn't go for it and found it 'far too scary' towards the end - the Barbie and Cinderella films are more her bag. My son at the same age loved it however, and I quite enjoyed watching it with him as well. The story involves a young boy farmer (who has dreams of being a great warrior) and his magic pig, who both search for the mystical Black Cauldron. The scene with the three witches who guard the Black Cauldron is a highlight in a pretty consistent film (once the story gets going). OK, some of the characters, well one really, the Bard, are a bit wet, and occasionally the slapstick seems out of place, but the cosmic struggle between good (the farm-boy Taran) and evil (the Horned King) is well done and there a few nice touches. Personally I prefer the older 'Sword in the stone' though which has a similar feel, as it's also a medieval fantasy, although that one's relatively pig free. However do have a look at the excellent book this film was adapted from: The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander, aimed squarely at preteen boys around 10 - it's part of a cult series of books first published in the 1960s.

This film is strangely reminiscent of the earlier 1982 film - Conan the Barbarian, particularly the tomb sequence where Taran finds the enchanted sword. Although this film is a little scary for most little ones despite the U rating, the humour lightens the film considerably and it's no more frightening than Sheer Khan's sequences in The Jungle Book really. Overall I think older preteen children aged around 7+ (and more likely a boy I suspect) would enjoy watching 'The Black Cauldron' few times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 April 2010
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This is a film that really made an impression on me when I saw it in the cinema as a child. Not normally a fan of the saccharine Disney style, I hadn't been keen to go and see it. However, I came away from the cinema with a totally different opinion of Disney. This is a much darker film than their usual fare, with the usual schmaltz mixed with a good dose of what can only be described as horror.

Telling the tale of Taran, a pig keeper who gets mixed up in the war against the Horned King, who needs the magical and evil Black Cauldron of the title in order to bring alive his army of undead warriors. There are the usual Disney elements here - talking animals, comedy villain sidekicks and moral lesson. But much, much, darker than usual with the demonic Horned King (voiced by an underused John Hurt), and armies of skeletal spectral warriors creeping across the land. I loved it then, and I love it now.

I'm not sure the U certificate is totally appropriate, I think a PG would be better. As a 9 yr old kid I know it gave me nightmares!

This is a nice presentation, 5.1 surround sound (which shows of Elmer Bernstein's excellent score nicely). In widescreen. The colours seem a bit washed out and dingy at times, but if memory serves it was like that in the initial cinema release.

Well worth getting, especially for those looking for something a little different from the usual Disney fare.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2003
Format: DVD
Usually The Black Cauldron is completely looked over and not acknowledged as a great diney film. But the film itself is truly a gem. based on Lloyd Alexander's chronicles of Prydain series the film is a combination of the books. The animation is truly superb. Some of the sequences are trulybreathtaking and their beauty is enhanced by the fact that the film has been presented for the first time on home release in its glorious original cinemascope. The story does have a weakness due to the fact that during the late 70's and and early eighties everything at disney was in chaos due to the fact that most of theanimators who had made the animated features up to that point were retiring annd new animators were coming in and everyone had their own idea about the film and it started to get a little confused and a lot of animation was cut or redone. Still the final product works, and some scenes and characters are quite memorable. the bonus features are not to great there are quite a few galleries with concept art, original animation and original sketches, it's only a shame that some of the cut scenes couldn't be included. If you are a fan of the original books you might not welcomethe combination of the stories but foranyone wanting to get interested in the stories it'sas good asany place to start.
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