The Circle oF Life is one of the major themes in Disney’s modern day epic, the Lion King. Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands, whose very throne is Pride Rock, seemingly stands on top of the world when he tours around the kingdom with his new son, Simba. But just as his brief story to his child goes, everything comes full circle, and one day, his time will pass. However, because the Circle of Life is so strong, his family, and life as a whole, will continue to flourish. It’s short and sweet, and maybe even a little bittersweet and sad at times, but the movie’s point is beautiful and amazingly well executed. And now that the film has hit theaters, left theaters, hit VHS, left VHS, hit DVD, left DVD, returned to theaters, left theaters, and finally hit a Blu-ray release, you can see the Circle of Life exists for the film, as well.
The Lion King is now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Hi-Def, and Disney’s famous Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack.
As with all of Disney’s other upgrade packages, each step is an amazing achievement in picture and sound; with Diamond Edition being the highest. The color, vibrancy, and sharpness of the video is amazing – if you’re rocking a 1080p set, or better yet one with 3D, you’re in for a great show. For those of you with the 2004 edition of the Lion King, we can assure you the Diamond Edition stood out in our ToonBarn Studios as the definitive superior.
The audio matches in every regard, with AC-3, Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The Blu-ray 3D disc provides a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that will easily place you in the heart of the movie. All of the fantastic sing-a-long style music, the background score, the wondrous African sound effects, etc.; it’s all there, right in your living room.
The collection’s special bonus features are just as up-to-par, easily surpassing the offerings from the 2004 Special Edition. On the Blu-ray disc, look for:
- Deleted Scenes: 4 never-before-seen shots
- Deleted Songs
- The Morning Report; an alternate version from the film
- Pride of the Lion King, a behind-the-scenes look at the crew
- Sing-a-long mode: songs with subtitles
- Interactive Blu-ray Gallery
The DVD disc includes:
- The Lion King: A Memoir- Don Hahn: more behind the scenes
- Disney Second Screen: The Lion Ling Edition
All in all, once again, Disney has created a “Must Buy” with the Lion King: Diamond Edition 3D Combo Pack. Even if you don’t have a 3D system – even if you don’t have an HD TV – this is the definitive version of the movie that you will be able to grow into, as the package includes a 3D version, a Blu-ray version, and a DVD version.