What’s on the menu? Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that for spring 2012, the menu will consist of both direct-to-video sequels for The Lion King: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and the midquel The Lion King 1 1/2 (sometimes known as The Lion King 3). Both will be available as Disney Blu-ray Special Edition for the first time beginning March 6, 2012 for a limited time.
RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) and Walt Disney Pictures are celebrating the release of the animated classic “The Lion King” for the first time in 3D with limited-edition, Simba-themed RealD 3D kids’ glasses. Featuring movie-themed colors and a picture of the cheerful and feisty lion cub Simba, the collectible RealD 3D glasses will be distributed at theatres free of charge with the purchase of a child’s ticket to see “The Lion King” in 3D. Simba-themed RealD 3D glasses are available exclusively at RealD 3D-equipped theatres in North America beginning September 16th while supplies last.
In addition to Robots, Villains #2 and Jingle Smells which we first shared in our 2011 Disney Store holiday preview, the official Vinylmation blog has revealed today that Disney Store will be offering a complete set of 3″ figures inspired by The Lion King on August 29.
The blog has shared artwork for the Mufasa figure, but has promised additional artwork and other reveals in the near future.
I still remember the day when I had first learned that Walt Disney Studios had been planning a theatrical release for a new 3D conversion of Beauty and the Beast, one of my absolute most favorite films to date — I was literally even sharing the news with virtual strangers on the streets of New York. Unfortunately it first got postponed (reportedly due to not being ready for its release date) and then removed from the slate completely until it was announced early this year that it would be available on 3D Blu-ray. Despite this, the film has had limited releases abroad such as in New Zealand and Australia, where it appeared to be well received and reviewed.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has partnered with the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance and the Ad Council for the the Responsible Fatherhood program, which helps promote the cause of fathers being involved in their children’s lives. This represents the second time the Walt Disney Company has partnered with the campaign which began in 2008, the first being a joint effort with ESPN in 2009.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 24 million children (34%) in the U.S. live apart from their fathers. The PSA campaign is an effort to show fathers the unique and irreplaceable role they play in their children’s lives.
Fans attending Disney’s D23 Expo (August 19-21, 2011) will have access to an exclusive advance screening of “The Lion King” in Disney Digital 3D™, ahead of the film’s highly anticipated theatrical and home entertainment releases, The Walt Disney Studios announced today. The screening will be held August 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
“With Disney fans coming from all over the world to experience the D23 Expo, we’ve got the perfect setting and the perfect audience to share in the 3D launch of ‘The Lion King,’ ” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “We’re thrilled to bring our most devoted fans an exclusive look at one of the most iconic and beloved Disney films of all time. This is Pride Rock in a way it’s never been seen before.”
Walt Disney Studios has formally announced that The Lion King, which has received a full 3D treatment following the critically-acclaimed 3D treatment of Beauty and the Beast, will receive a two-week limited theatrical run beginning September 16, 2011, leading up to the release of the film on 3D Blu-ray on October 4 (for full details on the 3D Blu-ray release, see our exclusive report).
As we were the first to announce an October 4, 2011 release date for the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic The Lion King on Disney 3D Blu-ray and 8-disc trilogy, we now have additional details on what you’ll be able to find on the collection in the way of bonus features.
We have confirmation that The Lion King will support Disney’s Second Screen technology which allows viewers to use their home computer/laptop or Apple iPad and a free app to view bonus content in sync along with the film. The technology has previously been offered with the blu-ray releases of Bambi and TRON: Legacy. At this time, we do not know if there will be any exclusives on the 3D Blu-ray disc but we will update this article as more information becomes available.
Although bonus features have yet to be revealed, we have learned that The Lion King will be available to own on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on October 4, 2010. There will be multiple editions, including the Four-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy, the Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo and DVD editions, all currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com
The wait is over. For the first time ever, experience the majesty of Disney’s epic animated masterpiece as Disney’s The Lion King 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.