“The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition” DVD Review

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
September 28, 2010

We love Disney DVDs in our home and I was excited to have the opportunity to review “The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition” DVD!  I remember it from when I was a kid and it brought back some good memories!  “The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition” was released on DVD on September 14th, 2010 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.  The movie came out just in time for Halloween!  You can purchase the DVD online or in stores, retailing for $19.99.


“The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition” is based on Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydainbooks.  The film tells the story of Taran, an apprentice pig keeper with dreams of becoming a great warrior, who embarks on a quest to find a magical and powerful Black Cauldron before the evil tyrant Horned King can possess it for his own diabolical purposes.  Fantastical characters like the oracular pig hen Wren, the willful princess Eilonwy, and the droll but annoying Gurgi face witches, elves, magic swords and other obstacles.  As they journey through these thrilling escapades, Taran begins to learn the true meaning of what it is to be a hero.

Exciting new bonus features for The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition include a new game and a never-before-seen deleted scene as well as a new digital transfer.

New Bonus Features Include:

Deleted Scene—The Fairfolk: Viewers join Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi and Princess Eilonwy as they travel into the depths of the earth and meet the Fairfolk.
The Witches’ Challenge Game—In order to defeat the dark powers of the Horned King, players must gain possession the magical sword from the Witches of Morva by solving their riddles.

Plus Classic DVD Bonus Features:

Still Frame Gallery—A compilation of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos.
Quest For the Black Cauldron—A trivia game in which players compete against the evil Horned King in a race to reach the Black Cauldron first.
Trick Or Treat—Classic Donald Duck cartoon from 1952.

STREET DATE:   September 14, 2010
Rated:  PG
Run Time: Approx. 80 minutes
Video: Widescreen (1.78 Aspect Ratio)
Audio: Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
DVD Subtitles:  English, Spanish, French           
SRP: 1-Disc DVD $19.99


“The Black Cauldron” is a classic and one that I enjoyed watching as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid.  The Special Features were fun to watch as well. 

I received a copy of “The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition” on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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