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Lion King, The
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Guillaume, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Zoe Leader, Cheech Marin, Ernie Sabella, Madge Sinclair & Jonathan Taylor Thomas

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can sit through the up-front ads on Disc One of this two-disc set before accessing the menu. First, there are two versions of the movie available, the 88-minute theatrical edition and an extended version that adds a whopping minute of footage. Along with the regular menu selections, there are four bonus selections: The Grasslands (offering a three-minute featurette introducing the new Lion King SE song and additional scene

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 30389
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88/89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/07/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The project for "The Lion King" began as a cartoon entitled "King Of The Jungle" out of which the story developed into a theatrical animation feature. Set amid the majestic beauty of Africa

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD, framed here in a 1.66:1 windowboxed/pillarboxed ratio, exhibits a beautiful picture that looks absolutely incredible on larger home theatre displays. Colors jump from the screen with excellent depth. The vivid blues, reds, and yellows visually contrast the more subtle animated appearance of the African savanna. The picture exhibits an impressive amount of dimension and realism. There are no signs of artifacts, pixelization, or annoying edge enhancement to distract from the picture. Once again, Disney animation takes the cake for reference quality DVDs. (Suzanne Hodges)

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