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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
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B0036TGT3E
Date: 13 October 2011

Links: IMDB.com / Wikipedia - Timon & Pumbaa TV Series / Show Article /

It's been 17 years since Disney's "The Lion King" dazzled theatergoers and spawned a tidal wave of related products such as a Saturday morning cartoon series, a live theatrical show, children's bedding and pyjamas, and more. "The Lion King" is the story of young Simba's hazardous journey from newborn lion cub being presented to the world by his proud father Mufasa, King of the lions, to the vengeful outcast eager to avenge his father's murder by his evil Uncle Scar.

From official release/information:

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.

Amazon.com
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*

(Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

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