Lion King

Lion King

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Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Cast: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons


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Certainly the most comprehensive, feature-packed presentation of one of the most popular animated films of all-time, Disney's The Lion King: Special Edition offers just about every nugget of information a fan could need or want. First off, the film has been digitally restored and remastered to provide the best image quality possible for any television. The image is… See more details below


Certainly the most comprehensive, feature-packed presentation of one of the most popular animated films of all-time, Disney's The Lion King: Special Edition offers just about every nugget of information a fan could need or want. First off, the film has been digitally restored and remastered to provide the best image quality possible for any television. The image is presented letterboxed in its original 1.66:1 ratio, and there is a new, THX-certified mix of the Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound audio in English and French. Two versions of the film are included: the original release, and a new cut incorporating a brand new song, "Morning Report." Audio commentary on the film is provided by directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, as well as from producer Don Hahn. In terms of other special features, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life" get completely new music videos. "Timon and Pumbaa's Virtual Safari" gives viewers an at-home approximation of The Lion King theme park ride, and kids can play for hours with the interactive "Grab-a-Grub" and "Pumbaa's Sound Sensations" games. Countless featurettes called "journeys" detail the making of the film. Among them: "Animal Journey," a look at the real animals that inspired characters in the film, narrated by Roy Disney; "Stage Journey," which describes the challenges faced by Julie Taymor and her award-winning Broadway adaptation of the film; "Music Journey," which talks to Elton John and Tim Rice about their inspirations for the film's soundtrack; and "Story Journey," a look at the timeless folk-tale inspirations for the script. Rounding out the package are still galleries, storyboard-to-film comparisons, and character development stills.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Finding Nemo may have ended The Lion King's reign as the all-time highest grossing animated feature, but The Lion King remains among the crowning achievements from the Disney kingdom. Touted as the first Disney animated feature based on an original story, The Lion King incorporates a primal mix of Bambi's rite of passage into manhood, Hamlet's tragic tale of family treachery, and The Jungle Book's slacker jive, all set to the Oscar-winning musical score by Elton John and Tim Rice. Unlike Aladdin, which only came to life when the Genie was onscreen, this is a true ensemble piece, with a gallery of colorful characters, brought to life by a pedigreed voice cast. Simba (voiced as a cub by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and as an adult by Matthew Broderick) just can't wait to be king. His evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) plots the murder of his brother, King Musafa (James Earl Jones at his regal best), and banishes Simba. Exiled, Simba adopts the no-worries, "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle of meerkat Timon (Nathan Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), until he is compelled to return home and fulfill his destiny. G-rating aside, this is potent stuff: The death of Bambi's mother was a romp in the meadow compared to the thundering wildebeest stampede that kills Musafa; and the climactic claw-to-claw between Scar and Simba makes for intense viewing as well. Disney fetes its leonine hit in a two-disc Platinum Edition, with segments devoted to the artistic evolution of the film (the deleted scenes and abandoned concepts are particularly interesting) and the Tony Award-winning stage adaptation. The first disc offers viewers a choice between the original theatrical version and a Special Edition that features a new song from the stage production, "Morning Report," animated and integrated into the movie. The Lion King Collector's Gift set, meanwhile, includes the two-disc Platinum Edition, a book, and five original signed character drawings in a handsome case.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Disc 1: New 5.1 Disney enhanced home theater mix; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen-enhanced for 16X9 televisions (1.66:1); THX- certified; French-language track; original versions of the film; special edition release including an additional musical sequence, "Morning Report;" deleted scenes; The making of "Morning Report"; new music videos for "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight;" The Lion King personality profile game; Timon's grab-a-grub game; Pumbaa's sound sensations; audio commentary; sing-along track.
Disc 2: Timon & Pumbaa's virtual safari; musical featurettes on the songwriting, orchestration, scoring and African influences; origins of the musical stage production; featurette with Lion King stage director Julie Taymor; featurettes on the stage production's sets, performances, masks, and puppets; Disney & animal films featurette; featurettes on The Lion King's artistic and thematic origins; bringing the script to life; storyboard-to-film comparision; sound design featurette; film-character design galleries; stage-musical-publicity gallery; elephant-graveyard gallery; pride-rock gallery; pride-lands gallery; jungle-flora gallery; Rafiki's tree gallery; background-layer assembly galleries; EFX animation galleries; more.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Simba
Jeremy Irons Scar
James Earl Jones Mufasa
Moira Kelly Nala
Nathan Lane Timon
Ernie Sabella Pumbaa
Whoopi Goldberg Shenzi
Cheech Marin Banzai
Robert Guillaume Rafiki
Rowan Atkinson Zazu
Niketa Calame Young Nala
Jim Cummings Ed
Madge Sinclair Sarabi
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Young Simba
Zoe Leader Sarafina
Joseph Williams Simba (Singing),Adult Simba (Singing)
Jason Weaver Young Simba (Singing)
David McCharen Other Voices,Voice Only
Philip Proctor Other Voices,Voice Only
Frank Welker Other Voices,Voice Only
Cathy Cavadini Other Voices,Voice Only
Judi M. Durand Other Voices,Voice Only

Technical Credits
Roger Allers Director
Rob Minkoff Director
Doug Ball Art Director
John Carnochan Editor
Brenda Chapman Art Director
Brian Chavanne Casting
Alice Dewey Associate Producer
Tom Finan Editor
Randy Fullmer Art Director
Andy Gaskill Art Director
Don Hahn Producer
Joe Jiuliano Camera Operator
Elton John Score Composer,Songwriter
Scott F. Johnston Art Director
Vera Lanpher Art Director
Irene Macchi Screenwriter
Sarah McArthur Executive Producer
Irene Mecchi Screenwriter
Jonathan Roberts Screenwriter
Chris Sanders Production Designer
Scott Santoro Art Director
Thomas C. Schumacher Executive Producer
Dan St.Pierre Art Director
Linda Woolverton Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Circle of Life
2. Scar
3. Father and Son/"Morning Report"
4. Uncle Scar
5. "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
6. Elephant Graveyard
7. Under the Stars
8. "Be Prepared"
9. Stampede
10. The King is Dead
11. Scar Takes Over
12. Timon and Pumbaa
13. "Hakuna Matata"
14. Scar in Command
15. Pumbaa and Timon Wax Philosophical
16. Nala and Simba Reunite
17. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
18. Trouble in Paradise
19. He Lives in You
20. Simba Returns
21. Simba Confronts Scar
22. The Fight
23. Simba Ascends
24. End Credits

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