The Sword in the Stone
3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital l DVD/Digital
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Karl Swenson, Martha Wentworth, Junius Matthews, Sebastian Cabot, Rickie Sorenson, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Wart, the protagonist of The Sword in the Stone, pulls out a shining treasure for his kingdom, but unfortunately Disney isn’t extracting anything extraordinary from the vault in releasing this 1963 feature on Blu-ray.
Bring in the storybook opening with a narrative song. England lay in the midst of the Dark Ages, as no individual has been able to pull the title sword from the stone. Who will reverse the curse? Merlin, the blue-caped wizard with a Santa Claus-like beard, has someone in mind. Cue pre-teen Wart, otherwise known as Arthur, a moppet who literally falls into Merlin’s cottage as he searches for an arrow in the forest. The ancient force soon enlists Wart in magical tutoring sessions that encompass much of the movie.
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