Disney's "The Lion King" is back in circulation thanks to the Mouse House's Signature Series. With bits and pieces of news swirling around the internet and entertainment magazines about the upcoming Jon Favreau-directed live-action adaptation, it really is no surprise that they would want to keep the Oscar-winning 1994 classic on everyone's mind. Not content with just re-packaging their last version of the film, Disney has added some new bonus material this time around to keep things fresh.
Simba is the rightful heir to become king, though an atrocious villain named Scar will do anything to stop that in "The Lion King." Scar plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
"The Lion King" is a great movie for both children and adults. It has many enjoyable and award-winning songs such as "The Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." There's also a perfect mix of humor, drama, and action which all work together to create a truly timeless fairy tale.
Blu-ray bonus extras for "The Lion King" Signature Edition include all sorts of fun and interesting material. There are a few new behind-the-scenes featurettes like "The Recording Sessions," "Inside the Story Room," "Visualizing a Villain," and "Nathan and Matthew: The Extended 'Lion King' Conversation." They all contain interviews with the cast and crew of the movie. It also contains an all-new sing-along version, spotlighting critically-acclaimed songs like "Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and "Hakuna Matata." We also get a an actual piece of the film in the form of a collectible film-strip that contains three frames from the movie.
"The Lion King" is rated G for General Audiences. However, the movie does contain some mild violence and scenes which might frighten younger viewers. It also deals with death and can get a bit dark and tense at times.
Many great and talented actors make up the cast of "The Lion King." Simba was voiced by Matthew Broderick. Scar was brought to life by Jeremy Irons. James Earl Jones lends his powerful voice to the role of Mufasa. Shenzi is portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg. Another important person in the movie is Zazu, voiced by Rowan Atkinson who also played Mr. Bean.
"The Lion King" Signature Edition is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
(Co-written by Ephraim Shirey)