Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever, as Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicked off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicked off yesterday, October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.
(Pictured Above:"The Lion King" Concept Art ©2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved)" ‘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 all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. We’re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D—it’s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”
Nearly a decade since “The Lion King” last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the “Circle of Life.” The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic release—the biggest since the film’s 1994 debut—and the film’s first-ever 3D release.
- · 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $49.99 U.S./ $56.99 Canada)
- “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy™
- 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada)
- “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
- 8-Disc Trilogy (for the suggested retail price of $100.00 U.S./ $115.00 Canada)
- “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
- “The Lion King 1 1Ž2” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
- “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
- And the one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15.
The film inspired an immensely popular, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, which is currently featured on stages worldwide. It became the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history in January 2011.
In our home, we are all HUGE Disney Fans, and most of our family movie nights consist of repetitive screenings of some of our favorite Disney films! Though our children were very aware of the songs and character's from Disney's The Lion King (they had memorized most of the songs from one of our Disney Sing-A-Long CD's), they had yet to actually see the movie and were patiently waiting for it to be released from the Disney Vault.
This past Friday we sat down to watch Disney's The Lion King Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, so the kid's could witness the magical storyline behind the award winning soundtrack that they have come to know and love! They sat captivated as they watched the heartwarming classic play out on the screen before them. As I had seen the movie several times in the past, I was definitely impressed with the brilliance of the remastered version on Blu-ray. The kid's have found a new favorite, and have already requested (several times) that we hold a repeat showing of The Lion King, this Friday for our family movie night!
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You can find Disney's The Lion King Diamond Edition on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D now (released Tuesday, October 4, 2011), at a retailer near you.
Available on one-disc DVD on November 15, 2011.
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