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The Lion King [2 Disc Special Edition] [1994] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  • Directors: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
  • Writers: Andy Gaskill, Barry Johnson, Bob Tzudiker, Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson
  • Format: Animated, PAL, Special Edition, Subtitled, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hebrew
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOWLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Two discs containing the following:

Disc 1:

  • Two versions of the film:
    Original Theatrical
    Special Edition w/ The Morning Report
  • Disney’s Enhanced Home Theater Mix – a special 5.1 surround sound mix created specially for the DVD
  • Audio Commentary with Don Hahn, Roger Allers, and Rob Menkoff.
  • Grasslands (Zazu)
  • Making of The Morning Report: a look behind the scenes of animating the new sequence and adding it into the feature
  • Lion King Personality Profile Game: find out which Lion King character you share the most in common with
  • Tree Of Life (Rafiki)
  • "Circle Of Life" Music Video performed by Disney Channel’s Circle Of Stars, including Hillary Duff, Raven Simone, Christy Romano, Orlando Jones, and more.
  • Sing-Along Track - sing along to your favorite songs, the words pop up on screen.
  • Disc Two Preview: Get a snapshot of the contents on disc two, including the Virtual Safari, and the various journeys.
  • Jungle (Timon & Pumbaa)
    Timon’s Grab-A-Grub: Help Timon gather grubs for lunch. The faster you go the more points you get. Play alone or play against someone in the two player mode.
    Pumbaa’s Sound Sensations: This animal matching sound game was created in 5.1 surround sound to showoff your home theater system.
  • Elephant Graveyard (Bonzai)
  • Abandoned concepts & deleted scenes; including Bug Football, Hakuna Matata (Timon’s Verse) and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" sung by Timon & Pumbaa

Disc 2:

  • Timon & Pumbaa’s Virtual Safari: A cross between The Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones this is one ride you don’t want to miss. Whether you choose to go by boat or by jeep with 5.1 surround sound and 15 minutes of all new animation you won’t be disappointed
  • Story Journey - Learn where the story of The Lion King came from.
    Story Origins
    Timeless Themes
    The Script Comes To Life
  • Film Journey - Go behind-the-scenes of making the film. Features Don Hahn, Roger Allers, Rob Menkoff,
    Film Origins
    Production Research Trip
    Art: African Influence
    Reflections
  • Stage Journey - See how the film became a hit Broadway musical. Features Tom Schumacher, Peter Schneider and Julie Taymor.
  • Musical Origins
    Julie Taymor
    Screen To Stage
    Musical Texture
    Setting The Stage
    Movement & Performance
    Masks
    Leaps Of Fantasy
  • Music Journey - Hear the amazing story of how the award winning music came to be. Features Elton John, Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer, and Lebo M.
    Music Inspiration
    Landmark Songwriting
    Orchestral Color
    Scoring Emotion
    African Influence
    An Audio Sequel
    Full Circle
  • Animal Journey - Roy Disney introduces us to Disney’s long standing relationship with animals.
    Lions
    Meerkats
    Warthogs
    Hyenas
    Disney & Animals
  • Non-journey Elements
  • Original "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" Music Video w/ Elton John
  • Original "Circle Of Life" Music Video w/ Elton John
  • Production Design
  • Character Design including Mufasa, Simba, Scar, Rafiki, Timon & Pumbaa, Zazu, and the Hyenas
  • Computer Animation
  • Multi-Language Clip Reel
  • 16 International sequences
  • Storyboard to Film Comparison
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • International Release
  • DVD Sound Design
  • Early Concepts
  • Galleries: Character Design, Visual Development, Stage Musical, Background Layer Assembly, EFX Animation, and more

From Amazon.co.uk

Disney's 1994 animated feature, The Lion King, was a huge smash in cinemas and continues to enjoy life in an acclaimed stage production. The story finds a lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is deposed by a jealous 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 songs from Tim Rice and Elton John, accompanied by a colourful score, are more palatable than in many recent Disney features. --Tom Keogh

On the DVD: The Lion King Special Edition is a superb restoration: take a look at the serviceable but dull film clips incorporated in the plethora of extras and compare them to the vivid gorgeousness of the film presentation. This special edition also adds a 90-second song ("Morning Report") that originated in the lavish stage musical. To Disney's credit, the original theatrical version is also included, both restored and featuring two 5.1 soundtracks: Dolby Digital and a new Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix, which does sound brighter. As with the Disney Platinum line, everything is thrown into the discs, except an outsider's voice (the rah-rahs of Disney grow tiresome at times). The excellent commentary from the directors and producer, originally on the laser disc, is hidden under the audio set-up menu.

The second disc is organised by 20-minute-ish "journeys" tackling the elements of story, music and so on, including good background on the awkward Shakespearean origins at Disney where it was referred as "Bamlet". The most interesting journey follows the landmark stage production, and the kids should be transfixed by shots of the real African wildlife in the animal journey. Three deleted segments are real curios, including an opening lyric for "Hakuna Matata". Most set-top DVD games are usually pretty thin (DVD-ROM is where it's at), but the Safari game is an exception--the kids should love the roaring animals (in 5.1 Surround, no less). One serious demerit is the needless and complicated second navigation system that is listed by continent but just shows the same features reordered. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Miss Scarlett on 28 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
This review is of the product, not of the film, which is worth five stars.

I assumed that this Lion King Diamond Edition DVD would be like the Beauty and The Beast one- a 2-disc set full of great extras detailing the making of the film. However there is only one special feature on this DVD- a retrospective with the director. Hardly a Diamond Edition! This is just a basic release- Disney are just counting on the fact that Lion King hasn't been available on DVD for almost ten years, so people will pay high prices for something which is just the film.

Luckily I had discovered this before I bought the product. If you want a special edition of Lion King, track down the 2003 2-Disc Version. There's extra material to please adult and child enthusiasts alike!
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233 of 247 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
In my option this is the Best Film that Disney have made, the DVD quality has just made the film more enjoyable to watch. The extras on Disc 1 & 2 make this a must have for any Disney Buff or any one with young children.
I did had problems accessing the Original 1994 Version on Special Edition DVD, the “play” icon on the main menu just seemed to play the New Version of the Lion King.
I called Buena Vista Home Entertainment, they informed me that you need to do the following;
Wait for the main film menu to appear, then go to set-up Icon, in set-up go to the Languages Icon and lastly in Language menu you will find Original Version, (just under Hebrew).
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helps anyone who thinking about buying this DVD or anyone who had the same problem as me.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By John A. Stedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Lion King Double Play (BluRay +DVD) released in November 2011 is a 5 star product. No doubt in my mind. Picture and Sound quality are superb and the film is a true classic that speaks for itself. However reading through some of the reviews shown here, it appears that they have been mixed up and do not always relate to this package - some relate to Region 1 US read along issues for example. Choose your review with care!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Ambrose VINE VOICE on 25 April 2006
Format: DVD
Disney are known for creating amazing tales but this one, along with the animation the powerful voices for the characters, and the amazing music makes this a truly breathtaking Disney classic!

I saw this film when it came out in the cinema, and I have watched it so many times since then as I think it should be regarded as one of the best animated films out there.

I was lucky enough to get hold of this version of the DVD and I would totally recommend adding it to your list today! One of the best Disney films out there.

I grew up watching Disney films, and have seen most of the classis, but this for me is the ultimate classic. Its got laughs its tear jerking moments and above all it's a film that has proved the test of time and deserves its classic status. So buy it while you can because you won't be disappointed.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L. O. Adcock on 30 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
The Lion King has got to be Disney's best movie of all time. If sales figures are correct, and you already own three copies of The Lion King on VHS, then there's no real point describing the plot of the film, beyond the fact that its wonderful art, award-winning songs, and loveable characters are good enough to make you sob into your Lion King hankerchief. In a good way. And you'll have been licking your lips in frantic anticipation of the Special Edition DVD. And believe me, it's been well worth the wait.
And the Gift Set is no less wonderful. For a start, it contains the Special Edition DVD, with its 2 disks with beautiful disk art, the special features of games, interveiws with the animators and such, the film itself in all its improved glory, and in general, three wonderful hours of bonus material.
After you've enjoyed the film, you can then enjoy up to eight original drawings of the characters to keep in your cupboard in an airtight box so that you don't wear them out by looking at them too much, and most wonderfully of all, the DVD companion Hardback, 'The Journey'. This describes the making of TLK, the making of the TLK Special Edition DVD, and has some lovely pictures in it as well. These are found only in the Gift Set.
All of this is wrapped in a special box with beautiful art.
It takes a lot for me to give any film FIVE stars, but here is TLK in all its greatness.
A small warning - despite being a very limited edition of the Special Edition, the DVD contained within the Gift Set does not contain any more special features than it does when purchased on its own. The extra money is paid for the book, pictures and box. The Gift Set is for adult collectors, not children.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Benson VINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
This is an excellent DVD from Disney. The only dissapointment is the new sequence 'The Morning Report' as it is extremely obvious it is a different singer singing for Young Simba, and this kind of spoils the new sequence. You shouldn't let this put you off though because it is still interesting to see, and the original version of the film is on the DVD anyway.
The lion king never looked better on DVD. The images are crystal clear with the colour more obvious than ever before.
Theres a whole disk of extras as well as many extras on the disk with the film including a new version of 'Circle of Life' (sang by random stars from the Disney Channel), a 'Which character are you most like?' quiz and many featurettes about the making of the film.
If you liked Disney's previous 'Platinum Edition' offers you'll love this, and if you are a huge fan of the lion king, it is definitely for you!
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