A Thailand-based DVD distributor held a New Year's party and handed out booklets that showed their 2009 Disney DVD release slate. "The Black Cauldron" was listed in the book for a 2009 re-release:
We don't have any information on that title as of yet.Well, there's information now!
Disney's imported, dubbed film "The Secret of the Magic Gourd " is coming to DVD on January 27th. One of the previews is for a 'The Black Cauldron: Special Edition'. This was revealed on the Hi-Def Digest forums:
All there is is a trailer. We have no further information. This could possibly contain some of the infamous cuts made to the film, that is not known. Also, The film was restored around 2002 by a comapny called Lowry Digital to make a 2k Master from the original negative. This restored version of the film has been put on DVD in France and Korea, but not in the U.S.
There has only been one Region 01 DVD release in the states before, and many Disney fans have complained about the edits, the lack of anamorphic widescreen, and a poor transfer. This 'special edition' may be Disney's response to that.
Don't hold your breath for the cuts being on the DVD, but it's safe to say this will have anamorphic widescreen and be the restoration.
"The Black Cauldron" released in 1985. It was Disney's first PG-rated animated classic. It has since fallen into minor obscurity and is not often recognized by Disney.