Available Today!! The Lion King Walt Disney Signature Collection #D23Expo
Disclosure: This event and trip to LA was an all expense paid journey sponsored by Disney. All thoughts, experiences and opinions are 100% my own!
I recently shared with you the events from the The Lion King panel that I attended at D23 Expo earlier this summer. This was such a fantastic session which was held in celebration of the fact that The Lion King will be joining the Walt Disney Signature Collection and is NOW available on Blu-ray™ to be added to your collection.This is only the fifth movie to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, and of course, it also happens to be one of the all time most treasured Disney movies.
Obviously this is a Disney classic and one that is so dear to the hearts of Disney fans. Sometimes people ask my why these collections are released and what value they have, especially if they already own the movie. The reason that we love these collections, especially the Walt Disney Signature collections, is because they offer amazing bonus features. If you haven’t ever taken the time to watch Disney movie bonus features then I highly recommend that you start. They are truly one of my favorite parts about these movies and this collection features an amazing amount of bonus material!
Lion King Walt Disney Signature Collection Bonus Features:
- Brand New Sing-Along Version
- Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
- Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.
- The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
- Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.
- Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.
- Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
- Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
- Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
- Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
- Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.
- Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!
- “Circle of Life”
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
- “Be Prepared”
- “Hakuna Matata”
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
- Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
- Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
- Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
- Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
- Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”
- Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.
Seriously, so much additional content and behind the scenes material and so many true treasures for Disney fans on these disks. I can’t even watch the trailer without getting goosebumps: