Bluray Review – The Lion King Diamond Edition

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Bluray Review - The Lion King Diamond Edition

I received “The Lion King” Diamond Edition in the mail for review on Friday and literally couldn’t wait to turn it on. Here is the official word on the release of the classic Disney hit!

“‘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 Blu-ray 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.

Beginning October 4th, “The Lion King” Diamond Edition home entertainment release will be availabe from the Disney Vault in 2 Disc, 4 Disc, or as an 8 Disc trilogy. The one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15th.

Immediately, I finally understood the point of the re-release and of Blu-Ray all together. The movie is even more stunning than I could have possible imagined. Even just the main title screen was breathtakingly beautiful and the opening scenes could make you forget that this movie is 17 years old. Just before the announcement of this new release, we had found a copy of the 10 year “special edition” on e-bay to add to our Disney collection. Watching that DVD was great, but the images showed the movie’s age. Compared to our standard today, it definitely looked old and also had an annoying addition of “The Morning Report,” an originally deleted song by Zazu that was readded for that edition.

Luckily, in the new Diamond Edition, the song is in a special feature only, leaving the scene unaltered. Speaking of special features, “The Lion King” Diamond Edition also includes several special features, including “Second Screen” in which you can download an app for your ipad or laptop and, while watching the movie, have the 2 sync together so you can see special footage and learn the behind-the-scenes extras. Unfortunately, being before the official release, I couldn’t get into Second Screen, but I’m excited to try it out! I did, however, get to watch several behind-the-scenes interviews with animators, watching how they put together the movie and learning more about the audition process as well as the collaboration with Elton John. There are behind-the-scenes interviews with the animators, extended bloopers, deleted scenes, and you can even watch the movie with a “sing-along” mode!

Thanks to Walt Disney Studios for allowing us to review this product.

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Bluray Review - The Lion King Diamond Edition


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12 thoughts on “Bluray Review – The Lion King Diamond Edition

  1. My daughter really enjoyed watching the Lion King (yes, old school on VCR!!!)recently…she would get a kick out of this new one. It was a fave of mine, but , hey, most of these movies are!

  2. I can’t wait to get this, it is my daughter’s favorite movie and we have had a friend’s copy for a year and need our own!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE , THE LION KING!!!! I have been a fan from day one.!!! great story. I just celebrated my 6 year anniversary. We went to DISNEY WORLD!!!

  4. The Lion King has always been at the top of my favorites list! There’s a special magic to that movie. We love watching it with our boys. Love the father, son relationship in it.

  5. This is my absolute favorite movie of all time! 17 years later and it still makes me cry! Love The Lion King and Disney! ♥

  6. By-the-way I am going to walt Disney next August and I hope Disney wont make a change to the Lion King Show in animal Kingdom un til go next year with my son. That is the best show at Disney World.

  7. One of my favorite Disney movies! I am expecting my first child, a son, January 1st and his nursery theme is Lion King! What a wonderful addition to add to the nursery right before he arrives. I know he will love the LION KING as much as I did growing up!

  8. I am doing my son 5th birthday this weekend at the movie theater and we are going to go see Lion King 3D. I cant wait, i think I am more excited then him 🙂 to go see the movie. When my onlder son was a baby (now 16 yrs) it was his favorite movie.

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