The Lion King - Diamond Edition
Amongst the highest grossing films of all
time and one of the pinnacles of the Disney Renaissance, the period
which produced such hand-drawn animated gems as Beauty and the Beast
and Aladdin, The Lion King is widely hailed as one of
the greatest movies of all time and stands as a work of rare emotional
and artistic accomplishment.
The story, as we all know, revolves around
Simba, the newborn son of the Lion King and Queen Mufasa and Sarabi.
Following the death of Mufasa at the paws of his shady brother Scar,
Simba, bearing the guilt of his father’s demise, retires to the
wasteland to spend a few years wallowing in shame in the company of
diverse tuneful wildlife, amongst whom are Timon (Nathan Lane), a
wise-cracking meerkat, and a flatulent if well-intentioned warthog named
Pumbaa. Much soul searching and more than a few musical interludes
later, Simba is finally ready to resume his rightful place at the head
of the pride, though he’ll need to defeat the dastardly Scar first.
Which he does. Obviously.
Disney’s new Lion King Diamond
Edition DVD features an impeccable transfer - the stunning
colourification and unimpeachable clarity are almost BD-esque in their
perfection - and the 5.1 surround soundtrack is likewise a rich and
robust affair. The DVD edition is a little lacking in the special
features department, containing only a 20 minute interview with producer
Don Hahn, and those with a hankering for decent extras will have to fork
out for the Blu-ray combo set which includes Deleted Scenes, bloopers,
featurettes, an audio commentary and more. Nonetheless the film
itself is a study in animated excellence, and almost two decades on
The Lion King still deserves pride of place in any Disney
aficionado’s home video collection.
The Lion King: A Memoir - Don Hahn