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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sword in the Stone on DVD

Wow. Every Disney animated film really is getting a special edition!

It was reported today that Disney is prepping a super-special 45th anniversary edition of The Sword in the Stone. This Disney classic, very loosely based on the TH White novel of the same name, tells the tale of a young Arthur Pendragon as he meets an elderly wizard named Merlin, and Merlin begins to prepare Arthur for his destiny. It's truly one of Disney's lesser animated films, but I watched it a lot as a kid.

For the 45th anniversary edition, it's being released in widescreen for the first time ever, along with an all-new 5.1 surround sound mix. You'll get an interactive gallery of concept art, a featurette about the music, two Disney animated shorts, an interactive game, and that wonderfully vague bonus material on every DVD, "more!"

It comes out on June 17.

Now, c'mon Disney! Get around to The Black Cauldron! With the legendary super-gory undead army scenes!

And hey! I discovered some interesting facts on Dumbo the other day.... Dumbo is Disney's shortest animated film, at 64 minutes long. In fact, it was so short, that the distributor, RKO Pictures, asked Disney to either edit it down to a short film, or make it longer. Disney said, "No. It gets released uncut!" and that's what happened.

Dumbo was also Disney's first film released to the growing home entertainment market. Dumbo hit VHS and Beta in 1981.

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