The Lion King official details

Disney have issued the full press release for their October 7th Region 1 DVD release of The Lion King that will be this years 'Platinum Edition'. We previously reported the initial details of this release in a previous article and while things have not changed that much fans will want to look through the following specs for a better insight to the bonus material. The most notable alterations are the aspect ratio that is now the original 1.66:1 Widescreen presentation, the disappearance of the DTS track and the addition of an Audio Commentary.

Here are the full details as taken from the press release...

Feature Presentation

  • 1.66:1 (Widescreen) Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio Enhanced for 16x9 Screens
  • DD5.1 Surround - All-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
  • French language track
  • THX Certified
Bonus Features

Disc One

Zazu hosts you on a fabulous trek through the different realms of the DVD kingdom.

  • Two Versions Of The Film:
    • Original theatrical release

    • Special Edition with all-new song “Morning Report” seamlessly integrated into the original film.
  • The Making Of The New Song “Morning Report”

  • The Lion King Personality Profile Game
  • All-New “Circle of Life” Music Video

    • Performed by the Disney Channel’s “Circle of Stars,” including Hillary Duff (TV’s “Lizzy McGuire”), Raven Symone (TV’s “That’s So Raven”), Christy Romano (TV’s “Even Stevens”), Anneliese Van Der Pol (TV’s That’s So Raven), Orlando Brown (TV’s “The Proud Family”), Tahj Mowry (TV’s “Smart Guy”), Kyla Pratt (TV’s “The Proud Family”) and A.J. Trauth (TV’s “Even Stevens”).
  • Sing Along Track
  • Timon’s Grab-A-Grub Game – Disney’s FIRST EVER 2-player set top game.

  • Pumbaa’s Sound Sensations Game.

    • All-new sound matching game in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
  • Deleted & Abandoned Scenes

    • Bug Football

    • Hakuna Matata

    • Warthog Rhapsody
  • Abandoned Concept for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
  • Audio Commentary
Disc Two

Set your course for adventure across the continents or embark on a chartered journey!

  • Join your outrageous tour guides Timon and Pumbaa for an action-packed blast through the wilds of Africa – in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound!
  • Learn how real animals inspired the animated Lion King characters

    • Hosted by Roy Disney
  • Learn the fascinating origin and influences behind The Lion King

    • Story origins

    • Timeless themes

    • The story comes to life
  • Behind the scenes featurette on the hit musical which explores masks, costumes, puppets and more.
  • Behind-The-Scenes footage
  • Character design
  • Computer animation
  • Storyboards
  • African art inspiration
  • Exclusive interviews with Sir Elton John & Tim Rice
  • Lion King music videos
  • African influence on the music
Plus storyboard to film comparison, early presentation reels, character design galleries, art design galleries and much more!


THE LION KING – SPECIAL EDITION offers the highest quality digital presentation with enhanced picture available, with an All-New 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix – creating a more dynamic and spatial audio-sensory experience. For the Special Edition, THE LION KING has been meticulously and painstakingly reformatted one frame at a time, working from the film’s original digitally stored files. Led by the original filmmaking team from Disney’s famed Feature Animation division, a group of Disney’s top artists and technicians launched a major effort to remove dust and dirt, add detail and provide the home viewer with a digital picture and sound that is the finest possible.


All-New Song “Morning Report”

The legendary team of singer/songwriter Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice contribute the new song “Morning Report” to THE LION KING SPECIAL EDITION DVD. The DVD offers “Morning Report” on an alternate version of the film, with never-before-seen animation produced and directed by the original Feature Animation Lion King team. Elton John and Tim Rice won the 1994 Academy Award? for Best Music (Song), with their song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight. ” Their outstanding contributions include such beloved songs as the buoyant “Hakuna Matata,” the upbeat “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and the majestic song “The Circle of Life.” Hans Zimmer won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score for his evocative musical score.

Retail on this 2-disc Platinum Edition is $29.99. Here is a look at the artwork...

Released on the same day is a Special Collectors Edition box set that we previously reported on in this article. Nothing has changed since then but we do have some better quality artwork for you and a recap of what this set offers...

  • 5 exclusive character portrait drawings, signed and sketched by the original animators
  • The Lion King Special Edition hardcover book
  • 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD

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Collectors DVD Gift Set

Retail on this set is $49.99.

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