If you have been following this blog then you know that as a family we went to see The Lion King in 3D a week or so ago. Eva did not enjoy herself because it was too loud and she started out scared from a 3D trailer for Happy Feet 2. Well, when the movie was over she told me that if we got a copy of The Lion King on DVD that we should sell it. The next day the DVD arrived for this review. I left it on the kitchen counter and Eva found it. She promptly told Allison that she loved the movie and wanted to watch it at night. Huh? Who is this kid who emotionally drained us when we watched it in 3D? No matter she’s all about The Lion King now.

The Lion King is one of Allison’s favorite movies ever and our family collection of Disney movies had an empty slot because somehow neither of us bought the movie when it originally was released. Now with the movie on Blu-ray and DVD in one set we can enjoy the movie over and over as a family. In between singing “the Tide is Hive” Eva has been singing songs from The Lion King. She gets giggly and terrified when I quote Scar (her least favorite character) and she loves when we pretend to be the hyenas saying “Mufasa!” Eva even had Allison color in a giant Crayola poster of Mufasa that hangs on her closet door now.

The Lion King is a great movie for many reasons. For one thing it talks about death. We’ve had a lot of loss around our family and friends lately and Eva has been to wakes and funerals with us. We don’t hide her away from death but give her the opportunity to say goodbye. So, when Mufasa died it was heartbreaking to me as Eva asked me if he was sleeping or napping. I’m watching the screen and seeing her sad little face asking em about Mufasa, Simba is nuzzling his fallen father and I said to her with tears in my eyes, “No, he’s dead” and I hugged her closer.

While the movie is an emotional one and might be tough for sensitive little souls like Eva. Parents should be aware of that but also that kids do bounce back and can still enjoy the fun songs from the movie. Eva giggled along with Timon and Pumba. She loves Hakuna Matada and also I Just Can’t Wait To Be King. The Lion King is a wonderful family movie from Disney that we are happy to add to our collection and watch over and over. The movie has not been available in any form since 2004 so don’t miss your chance before ti disappears again. And on Diamond Edition Blu-ray there are some awesome bonus features like.

  • 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;
  • Disney Sing Along Mode;
  • Interactive Gallery;
  • Audio Commentary; Disney’s Virtual Vault: Classic DVD Features

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Disclosure: I received a Diamond Edition copy of The Lion King for Review. Opinions about the movie are 100% and as observed from my family.

Here is the Official Release about the Movie:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUDIENCES TO EXPERIENCE DISNEY’S “THE LION KING” LIKE NEVER BEFORE…

TWO FIRSTS FOR OSCAR®- AND GOLDEN GLOBE®-WINNING ANIMATED CLASSIC:

September 16, 2011—All-New 3D Version of the “The Lion King” Hits Theaters for the First Time Ever

October 4, 2011— Available on Disney Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and Blu-ray 3D™ for the First Time Ever
BURBANK, Calif. (May 26, 2011) — Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney‟s “The Lion King” roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.

“„The Lion King‟ is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time—and this is „The Lion King‟ like never before,” said Bob Chapek, president of distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters.

We‟re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Bluray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D—it‟s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”

Nearly a decade since “The Lion King” last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the “Circle of Life.” The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic release—the biggest since the film‟s 1994 debut—and the film‟s first-ever 3D release.

The Blu-ray debut marks the first time “The Lion King” has been available in any form since 2004.

Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers.

“The Lion King”: Diamond Edition home entertainment release will be available from the Disney Vault for a limited time only beginning October 4 as follows:

4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $49.99 U.S./ $56.99 Canada)

  • “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy™

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada)

  • “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD

8-Disc Trilogy (for the suggested retail price of $100.00 U.S./ $115.00 Canada)

  • “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
  • “The Lion King 1 ½” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
  • “The Lion King II: Simba‟s Pride” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD

And the one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15.

“The Lion King,” first released in 1994, won the Oscar® for Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Original Song (Elton John/Tim Rice “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), earning Golden Globes® in both categories, as well as for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical.

The film inspired an immensely popular, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, which is currently featured on stages worldwide. It became the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history in January 2011.

ABOUT THE LION KING:
An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets the stage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa.

Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.” The all-star vocal talents—including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly—rip-roaring comedy and uplifting messages of courage, loyalty and hope make this a timeless tale for all ages. Produced by Don Hahn and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff from a script by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton, “The Lion King” is rated G by the MPAA.

ABOUT DISNEY’S BLU-RAY DIAMOND COLLECTION:
The Blu-ray Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio‟s most prestigious animated classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney‟s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com/TheLionKing

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2 Responses to “Review: THE LION KING: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack”

  1. Tanya says:

    Lion King was my favorite movie when I was a kid. I’m going to have to buy the set now for my toddler so it can be his favorite too :)
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    • Drew says:

      Tanya,

      Definitely get it before it is gone. We were without The Lion King and I’d hate to have missed it this time around, too.

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