Iím used to Disney loading their releases with supplements but this one is pretty bare, and the fact this is a dual-layer disc is unnecessary Iím sure.
The first supplement is new to this release, an alternate opening where Wart meets Merlin. I actually wish there was more info on this because this alternate opening suggests an entirely different picture. The original storyline seems to have made the witch Madam Mim (who only appears briefly during the climax of the film) had more of an integral part. As it turns out ďWartĒ is clearly defined as the missing heir to the phone and Mim and a Black Knight decide to search for him. The alternate opening has Mimís raven chasing Wart around through the woods, where he is saved by Merlin. This then leads to a different sequence in his house. The opening is recreated from what I assume are original storyboards, animated and provided with voice over. As Iíve learned most of Disneyís films go through drastic changes during development of the story and Iím a little disappointed there wasnít more on this here as it sounds the story originally took a fairly different path.
The remaining features appear to come from the DVD since they look to be all upscales of standard-definition content. The first item is Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers, which features interviews with Robert and Richard Sherman. This unfortunately dry feature, where the brothers kind of talk over one another, has the two talk about their work on the filmís music, specifically the nonsense words that appear in the songs in some cases (apparently because they wanted to give the music a ďBritish sounding magic.Ē) They then go over songs that didnít appear in the film. The feature runs 8-minutes.
We then get content from the archives excerpts from a 1963 Disney television episode of All About Magic, which features Disney himself visiting the ďMagic Property RoomĒ where Disney then shows some magical items (basically just cheap parlour tricks.) Itís a bit of a surreal segment, especially a bizarre moment where he shows a decapitated princess that comes to life. It can be a bit painful but a fascinating document none-the-less. It runs over 7-minutes.
We then get two short cartoons, first a 7-minute Goofy cartoon called Knight For a Day (which is one of those Goofy ďeducationalĒ shorts covering sports,) followed by the 9-minute Mickey Mouse cartoon The Brave Little Tailor (where Mickey is mistakenly identified as a Giant killer and ends up facing off with one.) Though they have not been restored at all I like it when Disney digs up the classic cartoon shorts and hope they keep doing this with their releases.
We then get an option to sing along with the movie, which is nothing but subtitles playing during the musical segments, followed by Info on the disc. Thereís also a code for the digital copy of the film.
And thatís it. Shockingly thereís very little, though most of it proves to be interesting. 4/10