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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Lion King, The
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
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
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
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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