Movie Review: Lion King Roars Back in 3D – still feeling the love

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Two of my kids and I were invited to see a screening of the Lion King (Disney) last month. We actually have the Lion King on DVD, but we have not watched it in several years. The re-release of the Lion King movie will return to theatres next Friday (September 16th) for a special two-week engagement. Good news for the 3D lovers out there, the G-rated film will actually be released in 3D for the first time. Bottom line: Lion King is a classic. It has a great soundtrack and is fun for both kids and parents. The Lion King is good on DVD, but is even better on the big screen.

The Lion King Four-Disc Diamond Edition ~ Disney

Circle of life
For those of you who have not seen the Lion King yet, it’s a story about a lion cub (Simba) that eventually grows up and replaces his father as the king of the Pride Lands. Along the way, Simba becomes good friends with a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa.

Simba-themed 3D glasses
While supplies last, the 3D version of the Lion King includes limited-edition, Simba-themed 3D glasses for kids. The collectible 3D glasses are available exclusively at RealD 3D-equipped theatres in North America. We only received the regular 3D glasses when we saw the screening, but the Simba 3D glasses do look cute in this photo:

The Lion King Simba-themed RealD 3D glasses

3D looks fine
This is the first movie I’ve seen that was converted to 3D after the movie was made. Except for a couple of minor problems, I couldn’t tell it wasn’t originally created in 3D.

Darth Vader is the lion king
You can always tell when James Earl Jones does voiceover work because his voice is so distinctive. Even when Jones insisted on not being credited, people could tell he was the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie. In the Lion King, Jones does the voice of Mufasa (Simba’s dad). The animated movie also features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly.

Coming soon on DVD again
If the Lion King isn’t showing in your area or if you can’t make it during the two-week limited engagement, you can always watch it on Blu-ray 3D or DVD. Lion King, Diamond Edition will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th.

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