Blu-ray/DVD

“The Lion King” Now a Signature Edition Blu-ray

Most every youngster and even adults well into their 60’s knows the movie The Lion King and the wonderful message the film sends. It’s about falling into the footsteps of your father and being brave. Disney has just released The Lion King on Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD download in a Signature Edition. Up to know there have been only four Disney Animated films to have the distinction of being in this category, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio and Bambi.

For those of you who have not dusted off your VHS copy of The Lion King here’s a chance to get the best reproduction of the Oscar (Best Song, Best Musical Score) and Golden Globe (Best Movie, Best Song, Best Musical Score) winning movie. Included for the first time is a Digital Copy code and an actual limited edition film frame.

Rafiki, Mufasa, Sarabi and Simba in THE LION KING

The Bonus Features on the Blu-ray Disc are new and include:

“Inside the Story Room” Rare archival footage shows the origins of the five iconic scenes in The Lion King.
“The Recording Sessions” Enter the recording booth and watch never-before- seen voice recording sessions.
“Visualizing a Villain” Performance artist David Garibaldi creates his own unique interpretation of the iconic villain Scar.
“The Lion King: Song Selection” A new sing-a-long version of the movie. Selection includes “Circle of Life”, “Just Can’t Wait to be King”, “Be Prepared”, “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

FINAL ANALYSIS: If you do not own the film on Blu-ray it doesn’t get any better, yet.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons
Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Adventure, Animation
MPAA Rating: G
Running time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Video Release Date: August 29, 2017
Original Theatrical Release Date: June 24, 1994
Language: English
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
Video: 1080p Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 2 Discs + Digital HD
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com