146 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, buy it.
Disney's The Lion King is finally available on DVD. Considered the cream of the crop of all the Disney animated features by many, it is definitely worth owning. I don't think I'll go into the story, which I'm sure most of you know. Chances are you've already seen the movie and are just waiting to own it on a piece of media that won't rot like your VHS tape that...
Published on September 29, 2003 by Therabbitssing
140 of 158 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie 5 stars, 3D -- only about a 2.5
I own a quite a few 3D movies, so perhaps my expectations were too high, but despite some stellar reviews on the 3D on this product by some other reviewers, I have to tell you the quality is FAR less than made-for-3D movies such as Despicable Me.
Do you remember those "3D" games/cartoons where the "3D" effect as you were supposedly either walking, or in a car,...
Published on October 22, 2011 by prussianette
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146 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, buy it.,
Luckily, this is one of the best releases ever.
Video and Audio is supreme in this release. Especially vibrant is the 5.1 sound. Of all the older Disney releases, this one benefits the most I think, with the powerful music and sound effects present in this release. Hearing James Earl Jones as Mufasa blaring in thunderous 5.1 sound is quite amazing. Likewise the excellent music, such as the opening Circle of Life. Present in this release is the original theatrical version as well as a version with new music/song. I actually didn't care for the new song, but some may. The extras are quite numerous, contained on a second DVD and are mentioned in Amazon's product details...I haven't had the time to go through them yet, so I cannot comment on the extras. I just watched the movie again. To be honest, the movie would be worth it as a single disc release so I'm happy as it is.
Some interesting trivia for some of the people who are not aware of it is that The Lion King seemed to be heavily "influenced" by an old Japanese anime, Kimba The White Lion. Those wishing to see the "similarities" would do well to check out that series as it has also been released on DVD. Carbon copying aside, I do love the Lion King. It still manages to grab you whether you are 4 years old or 40. Two thumbs up!!
140 of 158 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie 5 stars, 3D -- only about a 2.5,
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This review is from: The Lion King (Four-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)I own a quite a few 3D movies, so perhaps my expectations were too high, but despite some stellar reviews on the 3D on this product by some other reviewers, I have to tell you the quality is FAR less than made-for-3D movies such as Despicable Me.
Do you remember those "3D" games/cartoons where the "3D" effect as you were supposedly either walking, or in a car, going along the road was the part closest to you moved slow, then there was a part in the middle that moved a bit faster, and then the part near the top of the screen moved the fastest? This is only a step above that. It is more like layered 2D images than true 3D. Yes, there are a few parts where true 3D is apparent, but those are few and far between.
Sorry, I can't help but think that some of the people have either let their love of the movie color their perception of what good 3D looks like, or they simply do not have many 3D movies to compare to.
I actually found the 2D blu-ray disc, or even the regular dvd more appealing, or at least less distracting. One thing I noticed in all three versions that I didn't notice before was that the grass in the movie doesn't move when the animals walk through it. Although I didn't pick up on this when I saw the movie when it first came out, it was one of the things that was painfully apparent in the 3D, and far less apparent in the 2D versions.
And, yes, I know there are people that will disagree with me and mark my review as "not helpful", but I have to call it as I see it.
78 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably THE BEST ANIMATED FILM !,
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great,
This movie is probably better than all the other Disney movies. It is wonderfully drawn, better then any Disney animation. I never liked the fairy-tale Disneys, but this one... There are no words for its absolute great class...
50 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Extrodinary,
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a Bambi ripoff,
It starts off with the greatest opening sequence in animation history, which already must rank within the top ten moments in all animation, period. Disney has since tried to match it in "Dinosaurs", but it remains unequalled. The inimitable "Circle of Life" has no rival except "When you wish upon a star" as Disney mood-setting music.
The animals of the African plains pay homage to the new lion prince, Simba, at his birth. Already he has one strike against him in his father Mufasa's brother Scar, bitter because Simba is now the heir to the throne of the pridelands. While Simba and his friend Nala grow, Scar plots with hyena henchmen to dethrone Mufasa. Scar's moment comes in one devestating blow, managing to make the young cub stricken with guilt in the process.
Simba runs off and is saved from death by exposure to the elements by Pumbaa, a kind warthog, and Timon, his meerkat best friend. As an adult, he has forgotten his legacy until a now-grown Nala and Rafiki, his father's baboon best friend, remind him. He goes to face the hour of reckoning with Scar, his friends by his side.
The movie includes some of the best voicing work and dialogue in the Disney cannon, especially that of Scar - so evil as portrayed by Jeremy Irons that he actually drew a gasp from my jaded father - and Nathan Lane's Timon, who I feel will eventually take his place as Disney's greatest second banana (and no, I'm not forgeting the Seven Dwarves or Cinderella's mice). His now famous luau scene is Disney's supreme howler moment.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal DVD treatment!,
A top-notch DVD.
Disney's new Special Edition of "the Lion King" is both.
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy, and can say that it's one of the best DVDs in my collection, right up there with "Sleeping Beauty" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
First off, my favorite part: they give you the choice of watching the movie with a new song, or (for the purists) the original theatrical version. I think that every special edition should offer that option!
Both are presented in stunning, crystal-clear DVD quality--and the film itself has been cleaned up to make you feel like you're seeing "the Lion King" for the first time.
The sound is incredible (especially if you have a decent audio setup), making you feel like you're right there on Pride Rock with Simba, Zazu and the rest. Elton John has never sounded better (unless you've actually been to one of his concerts), and it's thrilling to finally hear James Earl Jones on DVD as one of his most memorable characters.
It's always tough to decide whether or not to replace a VHS copy with DVD, but "the Lion King" Special Edition makes the answer obvious.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie & lots of extras you probably won't ever watch!,
I know this is going to sound ridiculously funny but there is, quite simply, way too much packed on to this release. "The Lion King" IS an important movie and in time will most certainly be a Disney Classic, if not just a "film classic", Disney or not. (I think a movie needs to have been around for at least 20 years or so before it can be called "a classic", and it's sort of annoying that Disney sticks that word on just about everything they release regardless of whether it's new or old.) There's just a lot on here that seems unnecessary.
Let me start with the good stuff: the movie has never looked or sounded better. Great care has been taken to improve an already great film. Make sure you click on "Enhanced Home Theater Mix" to watch the movie if you have more than just a TV hooked up to your DVD player. It sounds a zillion times better than the Dolby 5.1 stereo mix. The commentary is the same as the one that appeared on the laserdisc release. It's a fun, concise talk that will pretty much supply anyone with what they need to know about "The Lion King." The behind-the-scenes extras with Elton John are also quite enjoyable and informative, as is the short piece about Julie Taymor, who did the Broadway musical.
Okay, the not-so-great stuff: several documentaries that drone on and on about things most viewers, especially children, won't care about; a piece featuring footage of real lions eating their prey (that's something I really didn't want to see). The menu screens seem a little overwhelming to navigate. Some people might get frustrated, thinking "I don't care about the rest of the stuff, just let me see the movie!!" Like I said before, there's just way too much unnecessary stuff on here. The kiddie games that can be played with a remote control and some of the other stuff should have perhaps been released on a separate DVD (maybe as a freebie that you send in for with proof-of-purchase) for diehard fans, thus making this DVD easier to control. I'm sure there will be diehard fans out there that take offense to my statement saying that they didn't have any trouble navigating. Good for them, I'm happy. All I'm saying is that casual viewers that perhaps don't use their DVD players on a daily basis might get a bit confused.
The absolute worst thing on here has to be the "Circle Of Life" music video, performed by the Disney Channel "Circle Of Stars." It's just rather, well... stupid. There seems to be a disturbing trend on Disney DVD's of including extremely tired new versions of songs, performed by marginally talented musical outfits. Disney needs to put the kibosh on this immediately! The videos are obviously aimed at children, but to think that kids would enjoy this is a rather insulting thought.
The weird and quite unnecessary carboard sleeve is here, too (just like what was released with "Beauty And The Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty"). The gatefold sleeve opens to reveal just what is on the DVD, which I suppose is really nice to know, if you are standing in a store wondering, but c'mon! This is a Disney DVD and people are going to buy it regardless of whether they know exactly how full of extras it is. It just seems wasteful because the plastic snap case that slides out of the cardboard sleeve is a good enough cover on its own. I'm sure a lot of people just throw this cardboard sleeve away, even though you can tell it wasn't cheap to produce. Knock off the cardboard sleeve nonsense, and knock off a buck or two off the list price while you're at it Disney!
Having said all of that, this really is a great DVD release- even with all of the superfluous extras that would take you days to watch.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Work of Art and a Top Notch DVD,
The Lion King is a wonderful story of how the young cub, Simba is deceived and betrayed by his uncle. Simba runs away from the kingdom to start a new life. He returns as an adult to challenge his uncle for the throne. The animation is both stunning and original. You quickly forget you are watching an animated movie. The characters are well developed and the film moves along at a fast pace.
The picture quality on this THX certified DVD is nothing short of remarkable. I would say the best animated DVD I have seen to date. The color is so vibrant it leaps of the screen. The images are crystal clear. The picture will blow you away.
The sound track is a very well balanced Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Exceptional voice clarity is noticeable right away. The soundtrack itself, is legendary.
I cannot say enough good things about this movie and this DVD. I have my beefs with Disney sometimes, but this DVD takes my breath away. This is how ALL DVD's should be authored. Thank you Disney.....this was done right.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5 stars is for the video itself, not the DVD extras,
Animation 10/10 - Back in the days, this was some of the best. The way the camera moves, the way expressions were made, and the little details most of us fail to catch was drawn. This was an indication of high quality back then and an indication of a lot of money now.
Story 10/10 - The story is nothing new, of course, but the presentation is unbelievable. The story had class. It did not rush things, but it did not draw things out either. Things were done just right. It knew when to speed things up and when to slow things down. An ability rarely seen nowadays. I believe everybody knows the story, and if not, then you should be ashamed of yourself. I've met homeless hobos who haven't watch TV for ten years who knows the story to this movie.
Music 10/10 - I loved EVERY piece in this movie. There was not a single song I did not like. In the beginning, the songs were snappy, happy, and represented a carefree childhood. Later on, the songs become darker, but hopeful to represent a new life for the pride. Either way, each song was composed masterfully.
DVD extras 8/10 - The extras are not bad, but I was hoping more for the new song "Morning Report". Instead, it was crappy.
Value 10/10 - This is a timeless classic no one should miss. Of course, if you rather watch Lilo & Stitch, I'd understand.......that you have crappy taste. This movie is one of the best of its era and it shines through.
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