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The Sword in the Stone was last seen in theaters on March 25, 1983, followed by its first VHS release on March 24, 1986. And once again, this title was priced at $79.95 like the previous titles under the Walt Disney Classics lineup. Also like the other films, the Buena Vista logo is removed from this film.

In October 1986, The Sword in the Stone was reduced to $29.95 during the Wonderland Sale. On these re-prints, any trailers were removed, and the 1984 Walt Disney Classics logo was snippeted for half a second. The Sword in the Stone returned to its original price in early 1987. The video was re-released in 1989 and 1991, when it was priced at $24.99, and later as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection from 1994 through 1999.

Synopsis

1986 VHS

A wondrous golden sword embedded in a large stone offers a tempting challenge to the strongest and bravest men in the kingdom; remove the sword and become the next king of England! The challenge causes one small boy to dream a dream so incredible that it causes a maelstrom of phantasmagoric events to occur! Awesome miracles! Malevolent wizards! Fire-breathing dragons! All against one boy's dream. The Sword in the Stone is the best of both worlds: a legend AND a classic!

1991 VHS

Disney artistry brings a beloved medieval legend to life with new songs and surprises, and the result is a timeless film that has become a worldwide favorite. A young scullery boy named Wart is taught amazing lessons by the wizard Merlin who turns him into a fish, a bird and a squirrel so that he might understand the mysteries of life. Such lessons help the boy succeed where for centuries thousands of mighty men had failed. Whoever removes a wondrous golden sword embedded in a large stone will be crowned Arthur, King of England! Brilliantly executed and peopled with unforgettable characters, The Sword in the Stone is the best of both worlds: a legend and a Disney Classic!

1994-1999 VHS

Dazzling color and brilliant animation bring the medieval legend of King Arthur to life in The Sword in the Stone. With a forest full of charm, spectacle, and wizardry, Disney's classic tale conjures up delightful entertainment for all ages! England is in the midst of a dark age and without a proper king, Young "Wart," an orphan and squire-in-training, is content with kitchen duties in his foster home -- until he drops in on the extraordinary wizard Merlin and his articulate owl, Archimedes. Through three life lessons, Wart learns to set his "sights on the heights," armed with the most powerful forces on earth -- intellect, wisdom, and love. When it's time to contest who will be king, Wart must use his newfound knowledge to do what no mighty knight has done before! Join in all the magical marvels that make The Sword in the Stone a classic animated film and pure Disney gold!

Supplements

1986-1991 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Red warning screens September 1984
2 The Classics: Walt Disney Home Video logo
Walt Disney Classics logo
November 1984
June 1989
3 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

Early copies contained the 1983 Walt Disney Home Video logo, while the regular prints had the 1984 Classics logo freezing for 10 seconds and surprisingly, the 5-minute Walt Disney and You promo after the movie. The 1991 print has new cover artwork with no changes to the tape master.

1994 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2
  • Walt Disney Home Video logo
  • Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo
  • August 1986 (Version 1)
  • September 1994 (Version 2)
3 Trailer for The Brave Little Toaster August 1994
4 Feature Presentation Q4 1991
5 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
6 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

1994 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo September 1994
3 Promo for the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection September 1994
4 Trailer for The Brave Little Toaster August 1994
5 Promo for the Walt Disney Family Film Collection October 1994
6 Feature Presentation Q4 1991
7 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
8 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

1995 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection Classics logo September 1994
3 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection promo May 1995
4 Trailer for The Brave Little Toaster August 1994
5 Promo for the Walt Disney Family Film Collection October 1994
6 Feature Presentation January 1995
7 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
8 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

1996 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo September 1994
3 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection promo December 1995
4 Walt Disney Family Film Collection promo Q2 1996
5 Video preview for Aladdin and the King of Thieves December 1995
6 Feature Presentation January 1995
7 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
8 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

1998 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens November 1997
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo November 1991
3 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection promo April 1998
4 Video preview for Melody Time January 1998
5 Video preview for The Spirit of Mickey January 1998
6 Trailer for The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars January 1998
7 Trailer for Kiki's Delivery Service March 1998
8 Feature Presentation January 1995
9 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
10 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

1999 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens November 1997
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo November 1991
3 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection promo June 1998
4 Trailer for Madeline: Lost in Paris January 1999
5 Feature Presentation Q4 1991
6 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo September 1994
7 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 1994
8 The Sword in the Stone December 1963

Advertised on:

1994 VHS

  1. All 9 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection titles from 1994-1996
  2. All Walt Disney Family Film Collection titles

1995 VHS

  1. A Goofy Movie (1995 VHS)
  2. Cinderella (1995 VHS)
  3. All 9 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection titles from 1994-1996

1996 VHS

  1. Pocahontas (1996 VHS)
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1996 VHS)
  3. All 9 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection titles from 1994-1996

1998 VHS

  1. All 6 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection titles from 1997-1999
  2. Walt Disney Film Classics: The Don Knotts Collection
  3. Melody Time (1998 VHS)
  4. The Spirit of Mickey (VHS)
  5. Lady and the Tramp (1998 VHS)
  6. 101 Dalmatians (1999 VHS)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
UK September 1986
Japan September 21, 1990
Australia October 29, 1993
USA (Spanish dub) June 22, 1994

Television broadcasts

The Sword in the Stone aired three times on the Disney Channel in Spring 1989. It later aired there twice in August 1994 and during the second half of Summer 1995. It also aired on off-network syndication on October 22, 1995.

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