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Richard Rich, Ted Berman | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Young would-be warrior Taran searches for the titular magic vessel, lest it fall into the dastardly hands of the evil Horned King and allow him to summon an army of the undead. Fortunately, assisting in his quest are a feisty princess, the furry, friendly Gurgi, and psychic pig Hen Wen. Unusually dark but highly acclaimed Disney fare, released to video thirteen years after its theatrical run. Based on the juvenile fantasy novel by Lloyd Alexander; part of the "Chronicles of Prydain" series. Gold Collection Edition features a spooky bonus cartoon.

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  • Edition: Gold Collection Edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Sound: Stereo Sound
  • UPC: 717951008589

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Genre:Childrens
Format:DVD
Display Format:Gold Collection Edition

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Editorial reviews

"...Unique animation craft, especially in the beautiful pastoral sequences where every little leaf has a movement of its own..."
Variety - Har. (07/24/1985)

"...If you care about animation as an art form, it is impossible not to be thrilled by Disney's THE BLACK CAULDRON..."
Los Angeles Times - Charles Champlin (07/27/1985)

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Created: 03/08/13

The Best Underrated Disney Movie Ever Made

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I still think this movie is one of the best Disney movies of all time. It's very underrated. Everything about this movie is perfect. I highly recommend this movie. Their were to dvd releases of The Black Cauldron, the first was the regular Gold Classic Edition and the more recent the 25th Anniversary Edition. Here's the difference between the two discs:

**Gold Classic Edition:**
-The Witches' Challenge Game
-Deleted Scene: The Fairfolk
-"The Quest for Black Cauldron" Game
-Short-"Trick or Treat" Cartoon Starring Donald Duck and his 3 Nephews
-Still Frame Gallery
-French and Spanish Tracks

**25th Anniversary Edition:**
-"Quest for the Black Cauldron" Destination Game
-"Trick or Treat" Cartoon Starring Donald Duck and his 3 Nephews
-Still Frame Gallery
-French and Spanish Tracks

Now, the 25th Anniversary Edition is significantly better natural color, depth, touch up, and crispness than the Gold Classic Edition. For this reason alone is a major reason why i'd recommend the 25th Anniversary Edition, the colors are so vivid it almost looks like a new movie. The only thing that sucks about the Anniversary Edition is the cover art. I don't know who did the cover art but it looks like a modern Disney film, which sucks. The movie does NOT look like the cover, it's way better. It still looks like the classic movie with significantly enhanced colors and reduced blurry-like vision, from a 2.31:1 to a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

Also, a huge difference between the two is that the Gold Classic Edition you had to zoom in on the speckled 2.35:1 letterbox image for any kind of legitimate at-home presentation on widescreen displays. (The images from the Gold Collection DVD have been cropped and enlarged to appear as if they're widescreen for comparison sake, when in fact they're 4x3 letterbox.) The new 25th Anniversary Edition offers the film in a vivid, polished 16x9-enhanced image that emphasizes the crisp palette and contours of the animation to vastly superior extents.

Disney's animation department is no stranger to darkness. From their foreboding presentation of a wart-laden, apple-poisoning queen in Snow White to the young boy who transforms into a donkey in Pinocchio, they've flashed at least modest amounts of morbidity in their otherwise family-friendly fairy tales since the '30s. But they've always been about striking a balance, countering the sinister bits with splashes of vibrant magic into something ... well, magical.

That's where The Black Cauldron, directors Ted Berman and Richard Rich's adaptation of Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydian" books, tests the animation house's threshold in presenting dark material. Disney's costly, bizarre black sheep really could've achieved more than its cult stature, had it reached beyond simply being a gloomy blend of its other productions. Still, though far from being a forgotten classic as it struggles to find an audience, there's something undeniably compelling about The Black Cauldron. Gurgi is quite like Ralph Bakshi's take on the Lord of the Rings, Smeagol and has Sleeping Beauty's climactic moments with the Horned King's eerie resemblance to Skeletor from Masters of the Universe.

It also has likeness to Swan Princess, with the tone of the movie. It's really such a great kids adventure film that every kid should see. I watched it when I was younger as well and even today I still love watching it. The movie is rated PG for Some Scary Images. A++

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Created: 10/04/08

The Black Cauldron (disney)

Review For: The Black Cauldron (DVD, 2000, Gold Collection Edition)

"Legend has it, in the mystic land of Prydain, there was once a king so cruel and so evil that even the Gods feared him. Since no prison could hold him, he was thrown alive into a crucible of molten iron. There his demonic spirit was captured in the form of a great, black cauldron. For uncounted centuries, the black cauldron lay hidden, waiting, while evil men searched for it, knowing whoever possessed it would have the power to resurrect an army of deathless warriors... and with them, rule the world..."(what more can one say)

This movie is classic Disney, it had those amusingly silly characters, a hero worth routing for,a princess, a evil villain to despise,magic,skeletons, adventure and a great message to boot. Its perfect for the Halloween season with its lively cackling witches ready to turn trespassers to toads,and a scary castle shrouded in shadow and mystery: containing dragons and other ferocious creatures. Of course it also has glittering laughing fairies and a magical pig to add some charm. The story starts off with a boy who longs to be a warrior and something more then just a pig keeper. Soon however he finds that the pig he is constantly papering can tell the future. The evil horned king too finds out about the boys pig and that starts the quest. This movie is great fun for the whole family and a piece of art. The movie was one of the first to use computer-generated imagery. It gives the film a distinct character and allows it to have very realistic animation for its time. Disappear into another superb world as Disney takes you on yet another magical adventure!

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Created: 12/04/06

A Disney Gem

Review For: The Black Cauldron (DVD, 2000, Gold Collection Edition)

I have been searching for the Black Cauldron DVD for little over a year, and, because it was only released once, it's fairly hard to find. The difference between this Disney feature and other animated around it's time is that fact that almost no one knows about the Black Cauldron as a product. It's a great watch and thematically, very different from other disney films. For example, there is blood and violence and intense magic; much like a darker and more "grown-up" version of The Sword in the Stone. It's true a must have, if your interested in culty animated features; especially the rarity of finding one in a full-length disney feature.
The film was released in the early 80s and the animation technics are something between The Rescuers and The Little Mermaid. Please enjoy, and on Ebay don't settle for anything less than $5-$7. No one knows about this film.... lets keep it that way!

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Created: 04/20/11

Decent Movie

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I love the Chronicles of Prydain… By Lloyd Alexander… I stumbled across those books in childhood… These are the best fantasy books I’ve ever read… They did win the Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children… They were written in the sixties…

I love the Chronicles of Prydain better than Narnia, Lord of the Rings, or even A Wrinkle in Time… What I like better about these books is they do have more romance… Narnia or Lord of the Rings doesn’t have as much of a love story to them…

It’ too bad those books have gotten over shattered… There great books… There sort of like King Arthur… Dallben is like Merlin…

In the books, Princess Eilonwy is my favorite Princess of all time… What I like about her, is can handle herself pretty well in a fight. She’s a Sorceress by birth, and her weapon of choice is a bow…

Despite Taran’s feudal attempts to keep her home, she doesn’t listen very well… She’s stubborn… She’ll talk a mile a minute… That drives Taran up the wall…

From childhood, those two are destined to be together... Its cute how in the end, she gives up her powers to be with Taran…

Taran does start out being an Assistant Pig Keeper to Hen Wen. He’s an orphan who was found and raised by Dallben. It’s really his story. How he grows from an orphan boy into a man… It’s his adventure. What a truly epic adventure he goes on in search of his manhood… In the end, he is named King of Prydain…..

They should have made moves out of these books too… Like Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Using computer graphics. This would have made an awesome movie if they followed all five books… But, sadly Disney butchered this movie…

They cut out way too much important material… It’s too bad… They combined The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron… They left out key Characters and really important information… That ruined this movie…

My Advice to everyone… Read these books and see what I mean about them being epic… Don’t pay attention to this move…

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Created: 01/07/08

Nothing like the book, so BEWARE!!!!!

Review For: The Black Cauldron (DVD, 2000, Gold Collection Edition)

This movie should have been given a different title. The Black Cauldron novel, from which this film gets its title is much more grim; the novel has fighting, death, torture, and even a horse that commits suicide! The novel is a great read for upper elementary aged kids on up. The Disney people consolidated the first two books in the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander; The Black Cauldron is the second book in the series after The Book of Three. The Disney folks basically bastardized the two novels, then created a story with a happy ending. Nice art and animation, but they really hijacked the story, much in the same way President Bush-2 hijacked American education policy with his No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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