The Movie: 9.5/10
This is the Lion King man. I am going to guess that almost everyone has seen this movie. If not, then you are missing out on one of the classic Disney movies that sets the bar for almost all other animated movies. The story and the entire setup are both just amazing. Add to that some big time voice actors, and a solid dash of humor and you have a simply amazing movie.
The Lion King is the story of Simba, who is the son of the literal king of the jungle, Mufasa (voiced by the deep baritone James Earl Jones). Upon Simba’s birth, he is told that the balance of all of the lands will one day fall on his shoulders, and to respect the circle of life, where all animals play a role. When the jealous Scar (Jeremy Irons), the evil brother of Mufasa, plots with a group of hyenas to kill the king, and place the blame on Simba, the young prince is forced out of the pride, on a journey of self exile.
Simba’s journey sees him run into a warthog and a meerkat, who befriend the lost lion as he matures, only to find his way back to the pride and his long lost position as king.
The Lion King is one of those movies that just defines the magic that is Disney. Everything about this movie has classic written all over it. To me, this was one of the new classics, that really defined the new style of animation, and what can be done with these types of movies.
- Deleted Scenes –The deleted scenes are pretty average, but a nice inclusion for true Disney fans. There are five scenes included here.
- Bloopers –There are some bloopers and outtakes included that are of course set out to animation, that are uniquely funny. I like that they take some of the voice actor flubs and put them to animation.
- The Morning Report Extended Scene –We also get an extended scene from the movie, which is the Morning Report sequence and song.
- Pride Of The Lion King –This behind the scenes extra runs about 40 minutes in length, and is chock full of those involved talking about all aspects of the movie. This is a great watch.
- The Lion King A Memoir Don Hahn –Don Hahn was the Producer for the Lion King, and this 21 minute memoir is his view of the m asking of the movie, with details about the development and lasting legacy of the movie.
- Disney Sing Along Mode –Disney gives us more sing alongside here.
- Classic DVD Features –Many of the original extras are included here, or on the BD-live extra access feature if you are hooked up to the Internet.
- Interactive Blu-Ray Gallery –There are several art pieces included here from the development of the movie.
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The cover for this Blu-ray release is average, as I kind of expected more of a shot with Simba being held up on top of Pride Rock. This cover is more subtle, but it is fine. The menu features a nice rolling set of scenes with action from the movie displaying on various parts of the landscape. The menu is really kind of unique, and it looks and sounds, with the music from the movie, great.
Audio & Video: 9.5/10
Talk about stunning! Ascully and I were talking just the other day, and we can’t really remember a Disney Blu-ray release that is not spectacular. This is no exception. The high definition release is sharp and brilliantly colorful. This is truly a gorgeous movie to watch on Blu-ray. Th 1080p 1.78:1 widescreen presentation is amazing, and the DTS-HD 7.1 Surround Sound is the same. The audio booms where it needs to, is perfect for the musical numbers, which just shine, and the dialogue is perfect.
This is a Blu-ray to own. It looks and sounds amazing, and it is truly a great movie. This is a Disney classic, and if there was ever a Disney movie to keep in your collection, this one is it.
Overall Score 9.5/10