- Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
- Directors: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
- Writers: Andy Gaskill, Barry Johnson, Bob Tzudiker, Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson
- Format: HiFi Sound, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
- Language: English
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Walt Disney Video
- VHS Release Date: October 7, 2003
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,570 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008VPUP
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
The Lion King - Special Edition [VHS]
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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!!
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.
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...
I got to know the movie in my chiildhood when I was 4 years old and since then, The Lion King has been one of my favorite films. From its glourious beginning (which by the way I think is the best opening ever) to its final battle and resolution, the movie provides top-notch entertainment to everyone. The characters are great and stays with you and the film showcases one of the best villains that had graced the screen. Hans Zimmer score aided by Lebo M., is amazing, it just envelops you in the film's atmosphere and never let you go until the magnificent finale.
Finally, this classic has made its long awaited Blu-ray debut in Disney's premium Diamond Line and the results are spectacular!!
Video & Audio
WOW!! The Lion King looks absolutely breathtaking on HD. The transfer is immaculate with vivid colors, strong detail and amazing contrast. You will be amazed by how clear is the image and you'll discover new things that you have never seen.
The 7.1 DTS-HD MA is as strong and superb as its video counterpart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to get a copy on blu-ray after it wasn't available in stores.Published 13 hours ago by Audrey Whetham
I haven't watched it since I got it yet but I put it in and skipped through to make sure it worked and it looks great. I'm excited to watch it.Published 2 days ago by dani
Movie was as expected. Hard to find the classic when they aren't out of the Vault.Published 2 days ago by Daryl Henderson
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|The Lion King without the Special Edition??||
You can watch the movie in its original form. You just have to select it under setup.
Jul 16, 2010 by Melissa A. Hickey | See all 4 posts
Actually I spoke with Disney directly today about this same issue. And on the playside of the disc, they said they NEVER write the name of the movie, it should just be a series of codes and bar codes. So if you have a DVD with just the name around the inner ring on the play side, chances are... Read More
Aug 21, 2009 by Hituro | See all 88 posts
It may be good for collectors, but what about everyone else? Also, a lot has changed since Vault Disney was originally introduced. Putting a movie in the vault now only ensures that the Internet bootleggers make good money. (There are topics about bootleggers on this very forum.) Not everyone is... Read More
Sep 5, 2009 by L. Humphrey | See all 17 posts
|Problem with this DVD? Tech question||
Widescreen has HORIZONTAL bars; the original poster stated a VERTICAL bar.
May 20, 2010 by compsciguy | See all 3 posts
|Looking to buy the slipcover for this DVD...||
how about a color copy, just pay postage
Jun 17, 2009 by M. Lemire | See all 7 posts
|Sound problems?||Be the first to reply|
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