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3-D “Lion King” To Premiere In Theatres this September and DVD in October

Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney’s The Lion King roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie The Lion King in high-definition Blu-rayâ„¢ and Blu-ray 3Dâ„¢.

“The Lion King is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time–and this is The Lion King like never before,” said Bob Chapek, president of distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. We’re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D–it’s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”

Nearly a decade since The Lion King last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the “Circle of Life.” The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic release–the biggest since the film’s 1994 debut–and the film’s first-ever 3D release.

The Blu-ray debut marks the first  Lion King has been available in any form since 2004. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers.

The Lion King: Diamond Edition home entertainment release will be available from the Disney Vault for a limited time only beginning October 4 as follows:

  • 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $49.99 U.S./ $56.99 Canada)
    The Lion King = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copyâ„¢
  • 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada)
    The Lion King = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
  • 8-Disc Trilogy (for the suggested retail price of $100.00 U.S./ $115.00 Canada)
    The Lion King = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
    The Lion King 1 ½ = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
    The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride = Blu-ray 2D + DVD

And the one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15.

The Lion King, first released in 1994, won the Oscar® for Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Original Song (Elton John/Tim Rice “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), earning Golden Globes® in both categories, as well as for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical.

The film inspired an immensely popular, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, which is currently featured on stages worldwide. It became the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history in January 2011.

  • ramon

    i love Lion King but… did i read it right? a 2d film in 3d stereo?

  • Disney is exploring the feasibility of converting 2D films into 3D stereoscopic, as they did several years ago with Nightmare Before Christmas. Beauty and the Beast has also been converted. Ever since The Rescuers Down Under Disney has used their CAPS computer technology to build key scenes in 3D environments even though the film would be released in 2D. So some 3D data exists, especially in Lion King’s wildebeest stampede and the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast.

  • Murray Bain

    Roto and paint behind all the elements frame by frame to create the 2 view offset. I think they even projection map some of the hand drawn close ups to matched 3D models! Kinda crazy.

  • and what was multiplan?
    We need another Don Bluth to save 2D feature.

    Maybe Katzenberg do something?if he wants…or not want?

  • Dave

    What’s up with that Blu-Ray cover ? Why is Simba’s head head size so huge compared to Nala’s head size ? (they are both adult size lions , but Nala’s head is like a cub’s head size compared to Simba) I guess they just had some intern Photoshopping images together to make cover art.

  • Jen

    Cool, I guess. But who on earth decided Nala (or whatever lion that is on the cover) needed to have whiskers? Rawr. Look at the model sheet next time or I’m coming for your job.

  • Will they plaster the Walt Disney Pictures logo and get rid of the scrolling credits? People who have the Masterpiece Collection videotape have the oriignal theatrical titles, but ever since Lion King was on DVD, they changed it. They also replaced the original jungle sound with silence in the last edition.