The Lion King 1994

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Wild Africa is the setting for this animated tale of a young lion cub whose evil uncle usurps his father's crown and lets hyenas overrun the kingdom. Dodging danger and befriending some oddball characters, the cub wanders the land until the day he's ready to return. With songs by Elton John and featuring the voices of Whoopie Goldberg, Cheech Marin, James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Jeremy Irons. Academy Awards: 2, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song (Elton John and Tim Rice: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Academy Award Nominations: 4, including 3 for Best Original Song.

Starring:
Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, James Earl Jones, Jim Cummings, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Madge Sinclair, Cheech Marin, Zoe Leader, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, Ernie Sabella
Director Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 7 November 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, James Earl Jones, Jim Cummings, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Madge Sinclair, Cheech Marin, Zoe Leader, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, Ernie Sabella
Director Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 7 November 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, James Earl Jones, Jim Cummings, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Madge Sinclair, Cheech Marin, Zoe Leader, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, Ernie Sabella
Director Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 7 November 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

244 of 260 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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46 of 51 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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55 of 62 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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36 of 42 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A. S. S. Y. on 1 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I give the story a 5 and the DVD a 1.

The story is pretty well known by now and it is a good one. I received the movie, US Region, just as the description said I should. It looks like all reviews for the Lion King are being bulked in to one. That's neither here nor there. As I stated above, the movie gets 5 stars.

My review here is on the DVD itself. This particular DVD is so horribly made I get angry every time I think about it and every time my son wants to watch it. There is so much crap to weed through before you get to the movie it makes me want to pull my hair out. Even if you skip to the main menu and click next several times it still takes almost three minutes to get the movie to play. It's horrible.

When using DVD's in the car it is near impossible to skip through all this stuff so your kids can view the actual movie. My 2 1/2 year old son doesn't want to watch all the extras, he wants to see Simba now. I think it is well and fine to have all these extras and even advertisements but not to the point of frustrating the customer. I should be able at any time to see the movie instantly with minimal effort.
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By Courtney Mower on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Although, yes, I do object to Disney's basic way of profiteering by withdrawing a film from general release for a couple of years and then re-releasing a 3D movie and 'special edition' movie to make yet more money, everybody does it - and would they do it if people were not happy to buy the DVD? No.

What you can't get away from is the simple fact that the Lion King is one of, if not THE, greatest Disney movies of all time. Simple. The animation is beautiful, the musical numbers nothing short of perfection (although this latest DVD does not have the Morning Report song) a great cast as far as animated movies go, a wonderful and meaningful story and a funny script that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The film is loosely based on Shakespear's Hamlet and follows the story of Simba, a young lion cub who is destined to become king of Pride Rock. His evil uncle Scar has other plans however and plots with the hyaenas to eliminate both the King and Simba and become King himself. The result is a wonderful story about duty, growing up and dealing with the past and moving on.

Comedy, musical numbers to die for, beautiful animation, noteworthy cast - This film was not turned into a hit stage musical for nothing and in my opinion this is one of the all time great Disney movies.
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