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The Sword In The Stone 1963

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(232) IMDb 7.2/10
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In the midst of the Dark Ages, when England has no rightful ruler, a sword embedded 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.

Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
1 hour, 19 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
Supporting actors Rickie Sorensen, Junius Matthews, Ginny Tyler, Martha Wentworth, Norman Alden, Alan Napier, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman, Barbara Jo Allen, Mel Blanc, Fred Darian, James MacDonald, Tudor Owen, Thurl Ravenscroft
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Digital Dave on 2 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
For many, this will not rank amongst Disney's finest, but it has a special place in the hearts of those who grew up with it on the cinema screen, on TV, VHS and DVD and I have been looking forward to getting it in a high resolution format release. It's one of my favourites due to many reasons, but I have always appreciated the animation style from the Disney films of this period, including the Jungle Book and Robin Hood. It's a scratchy, sketchy, energetic style, unlike the rich visuals from early Disney classics or the polished style that had evolved by the 1980s. Not that you'd know it from this blu-ray release, as every frame has been scrubbed clean to within an inch of it's life by the most horrific example of digital noise reduction you are ever likely to see.

Any dirt, film grain or scratches that may have been present in the source would have been much more welcome on my HD screen than this blurry, artificially smudged mess. Any detail that was originally there is now, well, not. There's a comparison video that somebody has posted on youtube which demonstates this very clearly. In one scene, the sword glows with individually animated stars, however on this blu-ray, they appear only as vague blobs.

I was determined to disbelieve the previous reviews on this score and purchased this disc on the high street. Thankfully, I was able to return it. To avoid similar disappointment, all you can do is wait in the hope that Disney realise what a terrible job they have made of this "digitally restored"/destroyed version and see fit to issue a proper release some time soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheeky Monkey on 16 July 2015
Format: Blu-ray
(This is a review of the blu-ray disc, not the film, which is a certified Disney classic.)

Oh dear! Disney, the once and future king of high-definition transfers, has not only dropped the ball but the ball has bounced out of the court, rolled onto the highway and been flattened by a convoy of semi’s.

The picture has been scrubbed to death soooo much that much of the motion is smeary – to the point that I thought there was something wrong with my AV equipment. But after reading other reviews I was relatively relieved to learn that it is just the disc at fault.

As it is merely an ‘anniversary edition’ the supplements are thin on the ground as well.

As an act of goodwill and to restore faith in the fans, Disney really should remaster this transfer and offer an exchange scheme. (Or at least offer a remastered disc as a reward on their DMR site for those who have already redeemed the points for this version.)
In short, there is not much point in upgrading from the DVD. But don’t let this one slip put you off all of Disney’s catalogue. All of their other blu-rays I have watched have been exemplary. Which is what makes this release such a disappointment.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Taran Wanderer on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Among Walt Disney's thirteen animated works, none has been put aside and forgotten as much as The Sword in the Stone, which is really a shame, knowing that this is a no less delightful Disney experience, it is different in the fact that it tells a different kind of story, it is less intriguing but it offers lots of cool scenes and some memorable characters.

The story in 1963's The Sword in the Stone revolves around education, education is the main theme and the moral is that you can't be anyone without a good education (Although in the real world we know that that isn't always the case). When England is left to perish without a king, a marvelous miracle occurs, a sword placed deep into a stone with the words that whoever pulls it out will be king of all England. Strong and mighty men give it a try, all failing and with time the sword is forgotten.

The people of England then decide to have a knight tournament, in which the winner will be crowned king of all England. Wise wizard Merlin soon realizes that it takes more than strength or plain brutality to rule a country so he decides to educate a young servant boy by the name of "Wart." With different tricks and the help of his wise owl Archimedes, Merlin manages to teach some of the most important lessons to the young boy. Each of these lessons are taught in fun ways, by turning Wart and himself into different sorts of animals, he teaches about intelligence against strength, gravity and even love while at the same time, showing him about how different animals must struggle to survive.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Josť Poyato Ariza on 29 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I cannot understand how an animated movie can be so badly ruined. The DNR, which I am always against because it alters the original aspect of a movie and results on lack of detail, is so excessive in this "restoration" that it creates ghost lines, blurry figures and backgrounds, a huge lack of detail and an ugly, artificial softness in the drawings. Companies that are supposed to love their movies should never use DNR, that is a crying shame. Why Diney decided to ruin this movie to me will be a mistery to me. Why the obsession with artificial DNR, here and anywhere else, will always be a mistery to me. I never thought I would feel uncomfortable while watching this very dear movie from my childhood. SHAME ON DISNEY, SHAME ON ALL COMPANIES USING DNR.
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