"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
The circle of life is now in hi-def! Simba and all his friends, not to mention the beautiful artwork, are brighter and more colorful than ever. The story of the little lion cub who grows up to take his rightful place in the world has been a beloved film ever since it first appeared on the big screen in 1994. The story was adapted to the stage and is a hit Broadway play, complete with amazing costumes and delightful music.
The Lion King Diamond Edition 2-Disc Combo Pack includes the DVD and new Blu-ray editions of the film as well as several bonus features. The film is also available in a 3D edition, for those families who have already advanced on the technical ladder and have 3D viewing in their homes.
According to Bob Chapek, president of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, "The Lion King is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time."
Bonus features on this combo pack are sure to delight viewers of all ages. Disney has gone a step further with their Disney Second Screen feature. This is another new technical advance. It allows viewers to interact with the movie on a laptop or iPad. Don't ask me how this works, but it is a cool feature. By using a special app, viewers are able to watch the movie on their Blu-ray player and at the same time interact with their laptop or iPad to see behind the scenes and learn about what they are watching. Kids will especially enjoy this feature as they can see more about their favorite characters while also watching the classic movie. I personally enjoy viewing the movie by itself, but the new tech generation always loves something more than a simple movie.
Other bonus features include an extended scene and song "The Morning Report" that has little Simba playing around in the jungle while Zazu sings about what is happening in the animal kingdom. An interactive Sing-Along mode and an interactive gallery are other additions to the Blu-ray as well as deleted scenes and a look back at the process of making the film. As with their other films, the folks at Disney traveled to the location in which the story was set. In this case they went to Kenya to see exactly what it looked like so they could recreate it in the animation world. How cool is that?
A fun bonus feature is a new "Bloopers" reel. The filmmakers created a featurette with the characters flubbing their lines and laughing, just like human actors do all the time. It is actually a very entertaining feature. Right from the start viewers really get into it and to be honest, the characters are adorable.
Viewing The Lion King on Blu-ray is extraordinary. I'm sure the 3D version is even more so, but still being stuck in the old days, I haven't progressed that far yet. I'll stick with Blu-ray for the time being.