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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition)'
(Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG / (1994) 2011 / Disney)

Overview: The wait is over. For the first time ever, experience the majesty of Disney’s epic animated masterpiece as it roars off the screen and into your living room on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. With a spectacular digital picture, spine-tingling high definition sound and immersive bonus features—you will feel the love for this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before.

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: I have to say that this 2-Disc Diamond Edition has some great Bonus Features - and something called "Disney Second Screen." I had never heard of Disney Second Screen before, but it is awesome! You just choose that as the version movie you are watching and you open an app on your Laptop or iPad.

Then as you watch the movie on your television you can interact with scenes on your laptop or iPad. There are animation screens, games and other fun activities you can do while you are watching the movie - it is great for kids for ways for them to interact and it is great for adults who want more from the movie they have seen a million times!

The movie itself, as you ALL should know by now anyway, is just wonderful. Beautiful animations and unforgettable songs combine with a wonderful storyline that deserves all of its rave reviews. I saw this on TV once and never forgot it. The characters are all unique and beautifully drawn, the backgrounds are amazing. The film as a whole makes you "believe" it.

The characters' personalities, joys and struggles echo real life. Happiness, grief and humor are wonderfully portrayed and balanced at the right times. The movie has more "action violence" and more of a dark subplot than other Disney movies, so check it out before letting young children watch.

I think the theme of this movie is to remember who you are. After the mournful death of his father, Simba believes that it is his fault and represses the memory of what happened and who he is. He makes new friends, Timon and Pumbaa and begins to act much differently than he did before.

While the Pride Lands were losing all that made them beautiful, he was out in the jungle with his friends, completely disregarding his responsibilities. His father appears in the clouds and reminds Simba of who he is and what his responsibilities as the one true king are. Repeatedly, his father tells him "remember who you are."

Simba remembers what his father wanted him to remember and because of this, he sprints to the Pride Lands. One must not forget who they are and what responsibilities they have.

Although this seems like a children's movie, I recommend this movie to a viewer of any age, for it can be enjoyed by anyone - and SHOULD (still) be! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

4 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
Deleted Song
The Morning Report: Extended Scene
Never-Before-Seen Bloopers
Disney Second Screen
Pride of The Lion King
The Lion King: A Memoir - Don Hahn
Disney Sing Along Modebr> Interactive Gallery
Audio Commentary
Disney’s Virtual Vault: Classic DVD Features Powered by BD-Live