- The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
- Disneynature: African Cats (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Disney offers two stunning releases that are perfect together. The Lion King and African Cats share more than just a geography—they are compelling stories about family and survival.
Everyone knows The Lion King. The most successful 2d animated film off all time needs little introduction. Considered to be the epoch of Disney's second golden age of animation, The Lion King has everything that an animated film needs to be succesful: an engaging story, fantastic songs and a great cast of voice actors. Unfortunately, it seemed as if Disney animation only went down from there. Regardless, The Lion King still shines and it is easy to marvel at the beauty of the animation on blu-ray.
As expected, Disney has included some great bonus features. The two that were the most intriguing were about the creation and the enduring appeal of the film. Don Hahn's mini-documentary reminded me a lot of the work he did on Waking Sleeping Beauty. Both features are worth spending time with.
- Pride Of The Lion King – Nearly two decades after it began, The Lion King’s legacy lives on through its award-winning music, beloved characters and one of the most successful Broadway stage productions of all time. Take a look back and hear personal stories from the producers, directors, stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and more.
- The Lion King: A Memoir – Producer Don Hahn visits with the animators for an intimate look at the creation of this beloved and classic film.
The majesty and beauty of Disneynature African Cats is hard to translate to the written word. From the first scene, you are swept on a journey through some of the most beautiful lands in the world. Seeing the African landscape with intense, swirling clouds and savannas that drift forever in high-definition is breath taking.
One of the differences of the Disneynature series is that the films don't shirk the violence of the natural world. They hint at it and never shows any gratuitous shots. I had some trepidation about watching a film about carnivores but the hunting and kills were all handled tastefully.
Both films tie into each other well and help support theories of conservation, family and survival. Together, they make a fun double feature.
Both films were provided as review copies.