New Release: The Black Cauldron 25th Anniversary DVD

The Black CauldronDisney’s classic The Black Cauldron, the famed studio’s 25th animated feature-length film, returned to DVD on Sept. 14, 2010, in a special 25th birthday disc.

Based on Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain books, The Black Cauldron tells the story of an apprentice pig keeper who goes on a quest to find the magical and powerful Black Cauldron before the tyrant Horned King can use it for his own evil reasons. The PG-rated family movie follows Taran’s journey as he learns the meaning of what it is to be a hero. Along the way, he meets the oracular pig Hen Wen, the willful princess Eilonwy, the droll Gurgi face witches, elves and magic swords.

The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD boxDistributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD is priced at $19.99 and includes a new digital transfer of the family movie as well as two new special features:

  • deleted scene “The Fairfolk,” in which the movies’ characters travel into the depths of the Earth to meet the Fairfolk
  • and “The Witches’ Challenge Game,” which allows players to defeat the powers of the Horned King by solving the riddles of the Witches of Morva to gain possession of the magical sword.

The disc also contains these previously released special features:

  • stills frame gallery of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos
  • “Quest for the Black Cauldron” trivia game, in which players compete against the evil Horned King to reach the Black Cauldron first
  • and “Trick of Treat” classic Donald Duck cartoon from 1952.

No news of a Blu-ray version of The Black Cauldron, but this release could indicate that Disney is getting the movie ready in the queue. The studio released its animated movie James and the Giant Peach on Blu-ray in August 2010 and issued its classic Beauty and the Beast on the high-definition format on Oct. 5, 2010.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.