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on November 8, 2003
Disney had an great opportunity to provide an in-depth look at one of the company's most beloved animated features. With its top notch animation, good plot, excellent characters, memorable songs and an evocative musicial score, The Lion King is amongst Disney finest. The 2-disc edition, however, are far from memorable.
There are some good features on the disc -the audio commentary, a couple of deleted scenes and a extremely brief look on the computer animation are the highlights of this DVD release.
The first disc opens with a flat computer animated sequence with Zazu flying towards Pride Rock. At least it's a slight improvement to the sequences on the two prior releases in the "platinum" series, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.
The second disc serve some really nice menus with black silhouettes of animals towards warm backrounds. The content is shallow however, even though surprisingly few seem to notice. Many of the features have good potential. But just when they are starting to become interesting, they end. No features are longer than a few minutes, which naturally limits how informative they get. They creators have even decided to leave out the original 25 minute featurette. None of the trailers or TV spots are included. Many of the features easily serves as promotions of other Lion King related products.
It is hard to take this "platinum" edition seriously. Buy this to get the great animated feature (note that the "Original Theatrical Version" is a slightly different version than the actual 1994 theatrical release (some of the animation is altered prior to the IMAX release)). The picture is clear, the sound is good and the atmosphere is as captivating as ever. Just don't expect much from the supplemental features.
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on March 8, 2003
I expected the DVD to carry the original Lion King movie/story. Instead, it is a modified story book edition with little if any animation, although the cartoons are all faithful to the originals. However, it really fails in achieving anywhere near the entertainment value, emotion and wonder of the movie or theatre performance. All in all - a big letdown. The only saving grace was that the price fell dramatically by shipment time and there are a couple of neat little inter-active games that keep young children interested for about 15 to 20 minutes. My suggestion - save your money; wait and see if they ever release the actual movie on DVD.
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on October 10, 2003
Disney's Lion King was a great film before it came to DVD, especially with songs by Elton John. Now, for some reason, Elton John is not singing in this DVD release of the movie, it is some woman. I did not pay for this DVD to hear some woman sing. She ruined the movie for me. It's bad, trust me.
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on May 30, 2014
First, everything looked ok, but when we saw the movie, it stopped completely, always at the same point. We have to skip that part to be able to continue and finish the movie :(
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on October 8, 2003
The songs in the original movie were NOT included in the "Special Edition" making this a bland shadow of the original. Shame on you Disney!
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on November 20, 2015
😭oh where oh where is my lion king?😩
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on November 20, 2003
The advertisements for this film that you see on other DVDs and videos are purposely and horribly misleading. You buy this video expecting a joyous musical romp with animals of the Serengeti for your children. Plain and simple this is a movie of death. The lead character dies a horrible death and there are fights to the death. This is not a children's movie. See the first "Editors" comments. Compared to NEMO, artistically the animation is simply not that great. The background scenes are repetitious. Disk 2 is basically an advertisement for the musical. My youngsters never get tired the the original Disney Jungle Book. We've seen it hundreds of times. We viewed this movie once and that was enough.
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on February 28, 2004
Yes, I admit, the new age "circle of life" stuff is horribly predictible and trite. But if the music were shorter, more enjoyable, and the story paced faster, the new age junk wouldn't matter.
But in this movie, the circle-of-life stuff just keeps... circling right back to us, the audience, over and over and it gets old fast.
I know I'm in the minority here. I don't rate this as a classic. I typically give the benefit of the doubt to movies and I typically rate them higher than they deserve. Actually, I'm doing that here too by not giving it ONE star. But the animation is good enough to warrant the second star on its own, the story is worth 0.
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