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  • Format: DVD-Video, Colour
  • Region: Region 4 ( DVD formats.)
  • Studio: WALT DISNEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE BLACK CAULDRON. WALT DISNEY DVD. R4 (PAL) AUSTRALIAN FORMAT**COMPATIBLE WITH UK DVD PLAYERS. Walt Disney Pictures produced this ambitious, animated tale of sorcery and swordfighting. Taran (voice of Grant Bardsley), is an assistant to Dallben (voice of Freddie Jones), a pigkeeper in the mythical land of Prydain. Taran longs to be a knight, and he's given his chance to live out his dream when he is sent out in search of a magical black cauldron which can either be a powerful instrument of good or a bottomless fount of evil, depending entirely upon who should find it. However, Taran is not the only one in search of this talisman -- the Horned King (voice of John Hurt) wants the cauldron to shore up his sinister powers and raise an army of the dead, and with the help of the all-seeing pig Hen-Wren, the wicked one may make his hideous plans a reality.

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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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By A Customer on 14 May 2003
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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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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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Disney's "The Black Cauldron", first released in 1985, tells the story of a young boy who is drawn into a mystic quest to stop a villainous king from ruling the world. Rather removed from the conventional Disney animated classics, it tells a tale that is darker - thematically and visually - than their other animated works, and may be scary for younger children. The film itself is not their greatest work but still very entertaining.

Unfortunately, this re-release of The Black Cauldron sports few upgrades from the previous DVD packaging... The Black Cauldron [DVD] [1985] Whilst the film's picture and sound quality has been somewhat revamped, the only new features are a deleted scene (presented with the original storyboard pencil tests, as is Disney custom) and a new game. Those of you hoping to see the long lost "scary" footage cut from the theatrical release will be disappointed as it has not found its way into this new packaging.

Those who are yet to add The Black Cauldron to their Disney collection will be satisfied with this DVD release, but for those who are considering upgrading from the previous DVD release, it is only worth it if you are particular about the picture quality. The lack of new extra features and the omission of the missing theatrical footage make for a disappointing "Anniversary" release, which is a terrible shame - this experimental gem of a film deserves better.
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