Disney’s The Lion King Arrives on Blu-ray!

By Shannon Gurnee
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August 30, 2017
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One of the Disney movies I really enjoy watching to this day is The Lion King. It’s also one of the biggest animated films in history and is now available on both Blu-ray, DVD and Digital format! The Lion King is filled with humor and heart, as well as breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award-winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”). It now joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection – woo hoo! The Lion King has roared to its rightful place in the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital August 15th and on Blu-ray August 29th. Be sure to pick up your copy so you don’t miss out on New Bonus material, including Never-Before-Seen Recording Sessions, Song Selections and More!

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Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”

 

“The Lion King” follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

“The Lion King” is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. It takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL*:

  1. Brand New Sing-Along Version
  2. Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  3. Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.
  4. The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  5. Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion KingConversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their LionKing experiences.
  6. Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.
  7. Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
  8. Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
  9. Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
  10. Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
  11. Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of TheLion King to Producer Don Hahn.
  12. Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!
  13. “Circle of Life”
  14. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
  15. “Be Prepared”
  16. “Hakuna Matata”
  17. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
  18. Galleries 
  19. Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
  20. Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
  21. Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
  22. Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
  23. Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”
  24. Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD

Feature Run Time: Approximately 89 minutes

Rating: G in U.S. and Canada

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.78:1

                   DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1

Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

              DVD = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

Subtitles: English ESL, English SDH, French & Spanish

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE COLLECTION:

The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

Have you picked up your copy of The Lion King?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly “The Mommy-Files”, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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