I somehow have missed seeing The Black Cauldron until now (although I was a fan of the books by Lloyd Alexander; I loved Gurgi). This 25th Anniversary Edition, although bare-bones, may be a good chance for me to remedy that.
I’m curious to draw my own opinion, since reaction to the movie appears very mixed. I was surprised to see that it was Disney’s first PG-rated animated film, as well as the first to use computers, and the darker nature of its content seems to spur debate (as well as discussion about how faithful to the source material it is). It was considered a flop, in part due to how expensive it was to make.
The new 25th Anniversary Edition DVD is due out September 14 with these new bonus features:
- A deleted scene in which Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, and Princess Eilonwy travel into the depths of the earth and meet the Fairfolk
- A Witches’ Challenge game in which you solve riddles to win a magical sword
They’ve also included the bonus features from the previous release: the theatrical trailer, another trivia game, an art gallery, and “Trick or Treat”, a Donald Duck cartoon from 1952. There’s no Blu-ray version, which suggests Disney doesn’t have high hopes for this re-release. They are promising a new movie transfer to digital, though.
So, if you’ve seen the film, is it worth watching? And does that opinion depend on whether or not you’re familiar with the books?