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The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (1994) by Directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 13 October 2011 / ) -

Product Description
The wait is over. For the first time ever, experience the majesty of Disney's epic animated masterpiece as it roars off the screen and into your living room on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. With a spectacular digital picture, spine-tingling high definition sound, and immersive bonus features, you will feel the love for this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before.

Embark on an extraordinary coming-of-age adventure as Simba, a lion cub who cannot wait to be king, searches for his destiny in the great 'Circle of Life'. You will be thrilled by the breathtaking animation, unforgettable Academy Award–winning music (1994: Best Original Score; Best Song: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight") and timeless story. The king of all animated films reigns on Disney Blu-ray 3D-magic in a new dimension.
Not an ideal choice for younger kids, this hip and violent animated feature from Disney was nevertheless a huge smash in theaters and on video, and it continues to enjoy life in an acclaimed Broadway production. The story finds a lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is sabotaged by a rivalrous uncle. The little hero finds his way into the "circle of life" with some new friends and eventually comes back to reclaim his proper place. Characters are very strong, vocal performances by the likes of Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, and Whoopi Goldberg are terrific, the jokes are aimed as much (if not more) at adults than kids, the animation is sometimes breathtaking, and the music is more palatable than in many Disney features. But be cautious: this is too intense for the Rugrat crowd. -- Tom Keogh

Bonus Features:

  • 4 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes;
  • Deleted Song;
  • The Morning Report: Extended scene;
  • Never-Before-Seen Bloopers;
  • Disney Second Screen*;
  • Pride of The Lion King; The Lion King: A Memoir - Don Hahn's Virtual Vault: Classic DVD Features Powered by BD-Live*

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

X-Men: First Class (+Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) by Directed By Matthew Vaughn (20th Century Fox 30 September 2011 / ) -

Product Description (Amazon):
X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for...Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

Disc 1:
Theatrical Feature Blu-ray (131:42)

Special Features:
"X Marks The Spot" (19:46)
"Composer's Isolated Score" (131:42)
"Cerebro: Mutant Tracker"
"Children of the Atom" - 8 Part Featurette Series (69:45)
Deleted Scenes

Disc 2: Digital Copy

Product Description (Packaging):

Disc 1:
X-Men: First Class Theatrical Feature on Blu-ray (131:42)

Special Features:

'X Marks The Spot'

  • 'Erik in Auschwitz' (1.58)
  • 'Charles Meets Raven' (1:56)
  • 'Mr. Howlett Declines' (1:55)
  • 'Midscape' (1:49)
  • 'Emulsional Journey' (4:13)
  • 'Rebecca's Return' (1:44)
  • 'Cuban Beach Pre-Viz Sequence' (3:07)
  • 'Retro Cool' (2:51)

'Composer's Isolated Score 5.1 Dolby Digital' (On/Off) (131:42)

'Cerebro: Mutant Tracker'

"Children of the Atom" Filming X-Men First Class (69:45)

  • 'Second Genesis' (10:01)
  • 'Band Of Brothers' (11:52)
  • 'Transformation' (10:06)
  • 'Suiting Up' (8:33)
  • 'New Frontier: A Dose Of Style' (9:55)
  • 'Pulling Off The Impossible' (6:29)

'Sound And Fury' (6:29)

Deleted Scenes

  • Erik in Argentinian Airport (0:54)
  • Shaw with Cuban Generals (0:28)
  • Charles and Moira's Tryst, Part 1 (1:23)
  • Charles and Erik Recruit Angel (Extended) (1:15)
  • The Russian Truck (Extended) (1:14)
  • Erik vs. Russian Guards (Extended) (0:21)
  • Shaw's Plan (Extended) (0:49)
  • Havok Training, Part 1 (Extended) (2:08)
  • Banshee Training, Part 1 (Extended) (1:35)
  • Havok Training, Part 2 (Extended) (1:09)
  • Hank and Raven in the Lab (Extended) (0:51)
  • Charles and Moira's Tryst, Part 2 (0:31)

Digital Copy 'How To' (3:35)

'Live Extras'

Disc 2: Digital Copy

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

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