Home video allows us to revisit log forgotten classics from our youth and keep them alive in memories and on our Blu-Ray shelves forever. "Sword in the Stone" is one of those underrated films in the Disney canon that we all seem to adore but often forget about.
"The Sword in the Stone" is the classic journey we take 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 for the first time in his life, Wart or his real name Arthur discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind that you find inside yourself.
This classic retelling of the King Arthur's tale is a wonderful and heartwarming story for the entire family. Veteran Disney director Wolfgang Reitherman puts together a tight, and neat little adventure story in the classic tradition of Disney, the myth fits well and is fun for the whole family. A well crafted tale about finding confidence in yourself and figuring out your place in life, it's got a couple of fun musical numbers but doesn't lean on them while showing a touch of humor to cater to the adult fans of this wholesome and fun story.
The voice ensemble has some veteran voice talents to the Disney roster of films from the 1960's like Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Ricky Sorenson and Martha Wentworth. Together they work as they deal with issues of self confidence and bullying long before it was brought to the public eye like it is today.
The picture and sound quality on this remastered Blu-Ray are first rate and the special features on this combo pack release include a never before seen alternate opening, a look at the Music Magic of the film with the Sherman Brothers, a sing-along section with the movie, 2 bonus short films "A Knight For A Day" and "Brave Little Tailor" along with many more.
Ultimately at the end of the day "Sword in the Stone" is some classic Disney style filmmaking, because while the entire movie may never be as widely beloved as so other films, it is one that will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.
4 out of 5 stars.