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One of the most popular Disney movies The Lion King has a very special place in the hearts of many. The story of Simba the lion cub who just can’t wait to be king and finds that he has to quickly grow up and meet his destiny. The brilliant animation and spectacular musical score combined to make this one of the most beloved animated movie of all time.
The Lion King movie was released in 1994 with an all star cast and exceptional music written by Elton John. The budget was reportedly around $79 million. The Lion King is one of the most successful movies of all time and is thought to have taken around $770 million at the box office. Of course the merchandising and dads have also been extremely successful. 2011 saw the release of the 3D movies in theaters.
The Lion King is now available on Blu-ray DVD as a Diamond Edition, Platinum Edition (2 disc and 4 disc) as well as a Lion King Trilogy 8 Disc Combo. It often seems that when you buy blockbuster movie dvds these days it is difficult to work out what the differences are between all the different editions. So here is a guide to the different dvd editions of The Lion King currently available which were all released on October 4th 2011
The Lion King Diamond Edition
The Diamond edition Lion King has 2 discs. The first is a Blu-ray version of the movie. The second dvd includes:
4 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes from The Lion King
The Morning Report: Extended scene;
Never Before Seen Bloopers;
Disney Second Screen;
Pride of The Lion King; The Lion King: A Memoir- Don Hahn; Disney Sing Along Mode; Interactive Gallery; Audio Commentary; Disney’s Virtual Vault: Classic DVD Features Powered by BD-Live
The Lion King 4 Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D/DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy
If you have a 3D television or want to have a digital version of The Lion King then you will want to consider this 4 Disc Diamond Edition. The extra features are the same as the 2 Disc version but you get a Digital Copy, and a 3D version dvd.
The Lion King Trilogy 8 Disc Combo DVD
This is the ultimate Lion King dvd package. There are 3 movies included in this package with different formats and features for the 8 dvd set. It includes The Lion King, The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2.
The Lion King movie in this edition is the same as for the The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo).
The Lion King 1 ½ movie has:
Timon and Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari
Timon: Behind the Legend
Before the Beginning: The Making of The Lion King 1 ½
The Lion King 2 movie dvd has:
Timon and Pumbaa’s Insectapedia; “One by One”- Animated Short Proud of Simba’s Pride
Timon and Pumbaa: Find Out Why; Music Video
So this one has the addition of the other 2 Lion King movies but it is quite a bit higher priced so probably only for die hard fans of the movies.