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The Sword in the Stone, a review by Tom





Title: The Sword in the Stone
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

Year:1963 / United States
Director:Wolfgang Reitherman
Writing:Bill Peet (Screenwriter), T. H. White (Original Material By)
Rating:U
Length:76 Min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Icelandic: Dolby Digital 5.1, Swedish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Finnish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English, Finnish, Hindi, Swedish

Stars:
Sebastian Cabot as Sir Ector (voice)
Karl Swenson as Merlin (voice)
Rickie Sorensen as Arthur (Wart) (voice)
Junius Matthews as Archimedes (voice)
Ginny Tyler as Little Girl Squirrel (voice)

Plot:
Disney's 18th Animated Classic

Humour, spectacle and magic rule in Walt Disney's legendary classic tale The Sword in the Stone - now celebrating its 45th Anniversary with exciting new bonus features!

Embark on an adventure-filled quest for an unlikely hero! According to legend, only someone with honour, decency and inner strength can claim the throne of England by pulling out the enchanted sword that lies locked in a massive stone. Many brave knights have tried, so it seems impossible that a young apprentice known as Wart could succeed. But with the guidance of the wizard Merlin, help from some hilarious friends and true strength of character, Wart just might become England's greatest king.

There's even more wizardry fun with marvelous new bonus features, including the all-new Merlin's Magical Academy Game, animated shorts, Disney's song selection and much more! The Sword in the Stone 45th Anniversary Edition DVD is a magical experience your whole family will want to share again and again!

Awards:
Academy Award1963NominatedBest Music, Adaptation / Original Song ScoreGeorge Bruns (Adaptation Score)

Extras:
Featurettes
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I last saw this movie when I was a kid. I really loved the battle between Merlin and Madame Mim at the end. I still like it. I also enjoyed the watching the movie again. What I didn't like was the voice acting of Arthur. The voice never fit. Seems like they had trouble with the role as they are switching three different voice actor throughout the movie. Sometimes even in a scene.
The interaction between Merlin and Archimedes were great though.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on October 3rd, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Kakushi-toride no san-akunin, a review by Antares


Kakushi-toride no san-akunin





Year: 1958
Film Studio: Toho
Genre: Adventure
Length: 139 Min.

Director
Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Writing
Shinobu Hashimoto (1918)...Writer
Ryûzô Kikushima...Writer
Akira Kurosawa (1910)...Writer
Hideo Oguni (1904)...Writer

Producer
Sanezumi Fujimoto (1910)
Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Cinematographer
Kazuo Yamasaki

Music
Masaru Satô (1928)...Composer

Stars
Toshirô Mifune (1920) as General Rokurota Makabe
Misa Uehara (1937) as Princess Yuki
Minoru Chiaki (1917) as Tahei
Kamatari Fujiwara (1905) as Matakishi
Takashi Shimura (1905) as The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Susumu Fujita (1912) as General Hyoe Tadokoro
Eiko Miyoshi (1894) as Old Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi as Peasant bought from slave trader

Review
       Two bickering comrades embark on a journey with a chivalrous warrior and a pugnacious princess across a hostile landscape to transport a valuable bit of cargo that will ensure the survival of the princess’ domain. Although this scenario sounds strangely similar to a story set ‘in a galaxy far, far away’, its story is really set in medieval Japan and is the heart of Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. It is Kurosawa’s lightest film and can be best equated with the scores of adventurous serial films churned out by Hollywood in the 40’s and 50’s. Yet in the hands of a master storyteller and director, rises above the commonality of repetitive themes and acting styles.
   
       Rokurota Makabe (Toshiro Mifune) is a distinguished samurai general of the Akizuki clan whose armies have been defeated by their rivals, the Yamana clan. It is his task to transport Akizuki’s sole surviving monarch and a treasure of gold bars that will rekindle the flame of Akizuki power, to the sympathetic Hayakawa clan’s region. A price has been put on princess Yuki’s (Misa Uehara) head and Makabe is at odds in whom to trust in helping him successfully complete his mission. As he ponders the daunting task that lay before him, he meets two comical peasants (Minoru Chiaki & Kamatari Fujiwara) who have stumbled upon two pieces of the gold and are greedily searching for more. He convinces them that he knows the whereabouts of the remaining gold and in compensation for their assistance in transporting the gold to the Hayakawa region, will share it equally with them at the journey’s end. Successful in procuring the help needed to make the journey, he now turns to face his one last problem, inventing a ruse that will insure that the peasants do not reveal the princess’ identity. Makabe decides that the princess will feign deafness in hopes of hiding her refined speech and mannerisms, which would most certainly give her identity away. Over the course of the next few days, the greed of the two peasants will plant them into harrowing situations that will endanger the entire group. Only for the skill and wits of Makabe will they be spared the fate of death. As they travel on their perilous journey, princess Yuki witnesses the hardships her people are enduring to assure the restoration of the Akizuki reign. By the film’s end, the aristocratic and detached demeanor that permeates her personality will soften to renew in her an aura of humanity that will forge a great leader of the re-born clan.

       By 1958, Akira Kurosawa had cemented his reputation in the cinema world as a force to be reckoned with. After making the classics, Shichinin no samurai, Ikiru, and Rashômon, his artistic vision would expand exponentially with the introduction of widescreen Cinemascope in Japan in 1958. By expanding the canvas upon which he created, Kurosawa would add a depth and dimension to his films that other directors of the time and in successive years would mine for inspiration. If you go into this film just trying to spot the similarities with Star Wars, you’ll find yourself disappointed. But if you can clear your mind of Lucas’ subtle stealing of the storyline, you’ll be rewarded with an entertaining adventure that not only will keep you on the edge of your seat, but will make you chuckle too.


Review Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

(From Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (The Hidden Fortress) (1958) on May 15th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 4: All the Wrong Places, a review by addicted2dvd


HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 4


ALL THE WRONG PLACES
As Christina uncovers a rare disorder that could place an accident victim and her young son in grave danger, Bobbie is pressed to counsel a young man facing the loss of an arm.

Notable Guest Stars:
DB Woodside (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24) as David


My Thoughts:
Another episode I enjoyed... though not quite as much as the previous ones. I actually enjoyed the side story about the amputee then I did the main storyline.

My Rating:

(From HawthoRNe Episode Reviews on June 23rd, 2013)