Disney is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sword in the Stone with a special edition of the movie, now available on a DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Copy edition. I was thrilled to share this movie with my children, who had never before seen this classic tale of magic, love and friendship. I had only seen it once, so it felt new to me as well!
The movie begins with the tale of England, lost without a king and a magic sword in a stone that can only be removed by someone true of heart, who will then be England’s king. The story centers around Arthur, or Newt as he is nicknamed, who is both tutored by Merlin the magician. Newt is an orphan being raised by step parents who treat him with the same respect Cinderella receives from her step mother. The best parts of the movie, according to my kids, were the scenes with Merlin and Newt exploring the world as fish, birds and squirrels. We also loved all of the small references by Merlin to the future or inventions that had not been invented yet, like airplanes.
We all enjoyed the bonus features on the DVD and Blu-Ray. The kids loved Merlin’s Magical Academy and the games they could play with the remote. They were fun and easy enough for my 5 year old to try. I loved the Music Magic interview with the Sherman Brothers and we all loved the sign along! Bonus content also offered film facts, concept art and an “All about Magic” show with Walt Disney, which any Disney buff with enjoy.
If you’re a Disney fan, and aren’t we all, I would recommend The Sword in the Stone for your family’s DVD or Blu-Ray collection. It’s a sweet tale that everyone will enjoy.
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