Usually The Black Cauldron is completely looked over and not acknowledged as a great diney film. But the film itself is truly a gem. based on Lloyd Alexander's chronicles of Prydain series the film is a combination of the books. The animation is truly superb. Some of the sequences are trulybreathtaking and their beauty is enhanced by the fact that the film has been presented for the first time on home release in its glorious original cinemascope. The story does have a weakness due to the fact that during the late 70's and and early eighties everything at disney was in chaos due to the fact that most of theanimators who had made the animated features up to that point were retiring annd new animators were coming in and everyone had their own idea about the film and it started to get a little confused and a lot of animation was cut or redone. Still the final product works, and some scenes and characters are quite memorable. the bonus features are not to great there are quite a few galleries with concept art, original animation and original sketches, it's only a shame that some of the cut scenes couldn't be included. If you are a fan of the original books you might not welcomethe combination of the stories but foranyone wanting to get interested in the stories it'sas good asany place to start.