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The Lion King: The Diamond Edition comes out today on 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray and Disney DVD is a must for any fan of the movie. This version is packed to the rafters with new special features, all of which are listed below. You can order your copy of the movie here. If you missed our interview with Robert Neuman, have a read here.
Featuring fantastic pristine high definition picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and lots of amazing bonus content, the stunning Disney Blu-ray™ creates an incredible at home experience with a wide range of extra content including hilarious bloopers, outtakes, an interactive Blu-ray gallery and Audio Commentary by the Co-Directors. You can also enjoy Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition that includes The Pride of the Lion King, Deleted & Alternate Scenes, Timon & Pumbaa’s Insectapedia and Timon & Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari plus much more.
Disney have given us one to »
- David Sztypuljak
To celebrate the release of The Lion King 3D in theatres and on Blu-Ray, Thn talked to the film’s legendary producer, Don Hahn. A veteran at Disney, his other work incudes Beauty & The Beast, The Emporer’S New Groove and The Little Mermaid.
Q – If you were doing The Lion King right now in 2011, instead of 17 years ago, do you think it might be different? Would the technology now be useful to do something else you planned many years ago and couldn’t have done?
A – Don Hahn: There have been huge technical advances in animation since we made The Lion King back in 1994, so no doubt we would have approached the movie in many different ways. I doubt that it would have affected the story, but the execution of the film would have been different. I’m not even sure that we’d make it a CG film. »
- John Sharp
Disney has released the latest installment in its Diamond Edition collection, and The Lion King lives up to everything fans have come to expect from this truly special set of releases. Timed with the recent release of The Lion King in 3D in theaters, you can now own a variety of Diamond Edition possibilities, including a Blu-Ray 3D version.
There isn't much anyone can say about the family treasure itself at this point, apart from the fact that it still holds up well, and it's hard to believe how long ago it came out. The Blu-Ray release is another matter though, and it deserves a lot of praise.
Now, you're on your own for the 3D version, but the Blu-Ray release is impressive. This actually turns out to be a somewhat strange entity when it comes to the true appreciation of Blu-Ray and/or the HD picture quality. On the one hand, »
- Marc Eastman
Bad things happen to damaged people (and dogs) in this sparse kitchen-sink drama – almost too many bad things for one film to take, between Mullan's volatile drinker, Colman's abused wife and their vicious social circles. There's a redeeming spiritual dimension to the misery, thank God, and as you'd expect of an actor-turned-director, Considine gets incredible performances from his leads.
Midnight In Paris (12A)
Not finding modern-day Paris to his romantic liking, Allen sends Wilson's tourist back to the fantasy 1920s version, and recruits familiar faces to play familiar cultural legends: (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, etc). It's so unapologetically wistful, he gets away with it. The French will love it.
As formulaic as the »
- Steve Rose
With this week's Disney announcement that The Little Mermaid will get 3D rerelease treatment (along with other pictures) that put The Lion King back on everyone's lips, I thought it was time to republish this piece on the classic film...
The Little Mermaid (1989) | Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker Screenplay by Roger Allers, Ron Clements, and John Musker (very loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale) | Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Starring the Voices of: Jodie Benson, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars and Samuel E Wright | Production Company Walt Disney | Released 11/17/1989
American members of Generation Y or Z and beyond may have a good deal of trouble imagining this but it's true: once upon a time, animated movies were considered highly uncool. They were strictly for babies. Teenagers disdained them. Adults took their children under duress. They barely caused a ripple at the box office. »
- NATHANIEL R
★★★★☆ Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff's 1994 Disney classic The Lion King shot straight to the top of the Us box office following its 3D re-release, and few would bet against it doing exactly the same here in the UK. With a stellar voice cast including Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane and Rowan Atkinson, alongside Elton John and Tim Rice's memorable score, The Lion King remains one of the strongest Disney efforts of the 1990s, and arguably its last great, traditionally animated feature.
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- Daniel Green
Today, Disney releases The Lion King: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack! In celebration, we present you with some Art Tips from the animators and directors, Coloring and Activites Pages, Wild Crafts, Fun Food Ideas, and a discount offer for purchase!
.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..
Calling all wannabe animators! Want some expert advice on improving your artistic skills? Get creative and follow these top tips from the animators and filmmakers »
- Melissa Howland
The second age of Disney greatness made raising children in the 1990s a real treat. Taking youngsters to an animated film recreated some of the magic the parents experience when they were first brought to the theater. To its credit, Disney continued to carefully curate its collection of classic films, filling in the gaps left by the far more mediocre fare that marked the 1970s and 1980s. Interestingly, one of those final films was where one of the current age’s greatest was born.
I still remember sitting in the theater with the kids and saw the trailer for The Lion King, which consisted of the opening song, a gutsy move but a brilliant one. Everything you needed to know was present; the sheer majesty of the animal kingdom, the quality of the animation and color palette, and the amazing score.
- Robert Greenberger
Disney don’t often make terrible films: even those counted as the worst in the stable are still head and shoulders above 90% of the other animated releases that enter the market under a different banner, and it’s only a matter of relativity when it comes to classifying what is a good Disney and what is a bad. In some cases though, no such debate even gets off the ground.
Most of those cases involve those films which fall within the Classics “vault”, and there are some which excel even in that auspicious company. Beauty and the Beast is firmly one of the finest. Aside from being a watershed moment in the genesis of Disney’s animation, thanks to that still astounding ballroom scene, and it’s CGI innovation, it is a richly rounded, beautifully drawn story that has some of the most compelling characters in the canon, including the best human villain, »
- Simon Gallagher
The Movie Pool recently sat in on a Q&A session with Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, the directors of Disney's The Lion King, as they reflect on the film, the 3D re-release, and the upcoming Blu-ray release. Following is a transcript of the entire Q&A.
A - Rob Minkoff: When I first heard that a musical was being contemplated for The Lion King I was concerned it would attempt to be too literal. Beauty & The Beast had already made the leap to the stage and it was very much a replica of the animated movie. I didn't think that kind of approach would work for The Lion King. When Julie Taymor was brought on board »
The 3D re-release of The Lion King has moved Disney’s animated film to No. 10 on the list of all-time top grossing films at the domestic box office. The classic has now grossed $98.7 million worldwide, $79.7million in North America and came in at #3 this weekend with $11,057,000 million.
All-Time Top 10 Domestic Grossing Films:
1. Avatar Fox $760,507,625 2009
2. Titanic Paramount $600,788,188 1997
3. The Dark Knight WB $533,345,358 2008
4. Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
5. Shrek 2 Dw $441,226,247 2004
6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Bv $423,315,812
9. Toy Story 3 Bv $415,004,880 2010
10. The Lion King Bv $408,193,776 1994
11. Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
Its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of The Lion King in high-definition Blu-ray. and Blu-ray 3D..
- Michelle McCue
This evening Flickering Myth were one of a number of sites invited to take part in a virtual roundtable interview with Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, co-directors of The Lion King, to discuss the 3D re-release of the animated Disney classic ahead of its arrival here in the U.K. on October 7th. The resulting two-hour Q&A covered a whole range of topics including the making of the original film, its recent conversion to 3D, traditional animations versus computer animation, the future of the industry and much more.
Take a look at the full Q&A here…
I am a Disney fan; hear me roar over the awesome Lion King Blu-ray!
This review is based on the two disc Blu-ray and DVD set.
Blu Ray Specs
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Running Time: 88 minutes
Audio: English 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Special Features: "Pride of the Lion King" documentary, "The Lion King: A Memoir - Don Hahn" featurette, Deleted scenes, Blooper reel, Deleted Song, "Morning Report" Extended Scene, Sing Along Mode, Gallery, "Virtual Vault" featuring extras from previous DVD releases.
The DVD included in the Blu-ray 2-pack differs from the Blu-ray in the following ways: it does not have high definition video, and it does not include any extras, except for the "Lion King: A Memoir - Don Hahn" featurette. The audio tracks include the English, »
It only takes one surprisingly successful film to spark a new Hollywood trend. For instance, the breakout 2009 hit The Hangover paved the way for the eight R-rated comedies that were released this summer. The unparalleled grosses of Avatar motivated studios to start shooting everything in 3-D — or at least convert their films to the third dimension after the fact. And now, thanks to the unexpected box-office dominance of Disney’s The Lion King 3D, we may have a new craze to anticipate and/or fear: the 3-D rerelease.
In just 10 days, The Lion King 3D has earned $61.5 million, topping the »
- John Young
Musafa, The Lion King Disney's The Lion King 3D pulled in $21.92 million in North America this past weekend, Sept. 23-25, according to box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Originally released in 1994, The Lion King has by now become a 2011 sleeper hit. The animated feature directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff was down only 27% from last weekend — the lowest drop-off rate on the North American top-twelve chart. Partly thanks to the 3D surcharges, The Lion King also boasted the highest per-theater average among the top twelve films: $9,412. After ten days, The Lion King has added $61.47 million to its already impressive box-office cume. In fact, with $676.32 million, The Lion King is now #20 on the inflation-adjusted chart of the all-time domestic top grossers. Just this weekend, it surpassed both Walt Disney's Fantasia and barely edged out George Lucas' Stars Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. In terms of actual number of tickets sold, »
- Zac Gille
Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Robin Wright, collected $6.75 million at the North American box office on Friday, Sept. 23, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. [Photo: Chris Pratt.] One of the best reviewed releases of the year, Moneyball opened with a solid — though hardly outstanding — figure for an "adult" movie. For comparison's sake: at about the same time last year, David Fincher's widely acclaimed The Social Network took in $8 million on opening day, while Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was greeted by mixed reviews, collected $6.9m. Comparing Moneyball to Dennis Dugan's 2006 baseball flick The Benchwarmers, which went on to gross $59m domestically (and very little abroad) doesn't sound fair, as the latter is a low-brow comedy. Comparisons to Phil Alden Robinson's Oscar-nominated 1989 drama Field of Dreams wouldn't work either, as Robinson's baseball movie starring Kevin Costner debuted at only 22 theaters. »
- Zac Gille
Musafa, Simba, Disney's The Lion King Thanks to The Lion King 3D, the top ten movies on the North American box-office chart were up an impressive 33% compared to the previous weekend. That's the largest increase since the +72% registered when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came out on the July 15-17 weekend, and the fourth highest weekend-to-weekend increase so far in 2011. Though it performed much better than expected when early, rough box-office estimates came out on Friday evening, The Lion King failed to reach the $35 million some had been expecting by Saturday. Even so, Disney's animated blockbuster took in $30.15 million at 2,330 locations, averaging a remarkable — for a rerelease — $12,941 per theater. As per Box Office Mojo, The Lion King's adjusted-for-inflation domestic gross currently stands at $645.35 million, placing it at no. 22 among the top domestic grossers of all time. Three days ago, The Lion King was on the no. »
- Zac Gille
3D Release Takes Top Spot With $30 Million Domestic Gross;
Beloved Tale Continues to Captivate Global Audiences
on Screen and Stage
Burbank, Calif. - September 19, 2011 - The Circle of Life continues as The Walt Disney Studios. The Lion King 3D opened at #1 in theaters this weekend with an estimated gross of $30 million. The Lion King is now the third highest-grossing animated film of all time at the domestic box office. This release of The Lion King marks the fifth biggest September opening in industry history, the second biggest September opening in Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures history, and the first reissue to open #1 in 14 years. The film will remain in theaters for a limited engagement ahead of its Blu-ray. and Blu-ray 3D. premiere on October 4.
Meanwhile, the London production of the hugely popular stage show recently celebrated its 5000th performance on September 13. The award-winning musical is also preparing to launch its Spanish premiere in Madrid, »
- Michelle McCue
The Lion King Scratch early, rough box-office estimates for Disney's 3D version of The Lion King. After collecting an estimated $8.82 million on Friday, Sept. 16, in North America, the 1994 blockbuster could bring in as much as $35 million by Sunday evening as per Box Office Mojo. That's more than twice what prognosticators had been expecting a day or so ago. Who said 3D was dead? Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, The Lion King took in $312.85 million at the Us/Canada box office when it came out in June 1994. Overseas, it earned approximately $459.7m for a worldwide total of $772.55 million. In 2002, an IMAX release brought in another $15.68 million. As per Box Office Mojo, just yesterday The Lion King's adjusted-for-inflation domestic gross stood at $615.53 million, placing it at no. 25 — between Disney's Robert Stevenson-directed Mary Poppins and Paramount's Randal Kleiser-directed Grease — among the top domestic grossers of all time. Lions, »
- Zac Gille
Friday box office sees Contagion, Drive suffer from Lion King bite. Making its debut in 3D, Disney's The Lion King re-release topped the Friday box office with ease, grossing a hefty $8.8 million. Disney animated pic which first saw theaters back on June 24th, 1994, could wind up grossing north of $20 million come Sunday weekend estimates. Voice talent for Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff-helmed Lion King includes Matthew Broderick, Nike Calame, Jim Cummings, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Jeremy Irons among others. According to boxofficemojo.com, pic has over $337.3 million domestically. Last weekend's top spot holder Contagion from Warner Bros. Pictures, showed a 42% change on its second Friday, grossing $4.6 million from 3,222 theaters. Pic should pull in somewhere around $12-15 million come Sunday figures. Effective Stephen Soderbergh thriller stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne. »
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