As announced on January 23, 2003 and with its details unveiled on March 25, 2003, The Lion King was released on DVD for the first time as a Walt Disney Platinum Edition title in October 7, 2003, in which this new version debuted in IMAX theaters on December 25, 2002. The price of the DVD was $29.99, a deflation of 9% from its original 1995 price.
Experience the power and majesty that is The Lion King! With its unforgettable story, Academy Award-winning music, breathtaking animation and beloved characters, you'll be inspired by the tale of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king," and his journey to claim his place in the "Circle Of Life."
Now, in this dazzling 2-disc Special Edition, "there is more to see than has ever been seen" with an all-new song, never-before-seen animation, plus specially created bonus features that transport you into the world of The Lion King.
Disney's The Lion King Special Edition features an all-new song, "Morning Report," and never-before-seen animation, giving you even more of this award winning masterpiece-the greatest animated adventure of all time.
An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and Academy Award-winning music ste the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king." But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soons joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata," Simba ignores his regal responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the "Circle Of Life."
Now extensively restored and remastered - experience The Lion King like never before, from its magnificent musical opening over breathtaking African vistas to its emotional climax. The all-star vocal talent - including Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella - rip-roaring comedy and uplifting messages of courage, loyalty and hope make this timeless tale entertainment for all ages.
- Special Edition
Features the All-New Song "Morning Report" and Never-Before-Seen Animation
- Original Theatrical Release
The Animated Movie Masterpiece Audiences Around the World Know and Love
- Timon's Grab-A-Grub Game
Test Your Grub-Grabbing Skills, Featuring 2-Player Mode
- The Lion King Personality Profile Game
Discover Which Character From the Film is Most Like YOU!
- Pumbaa's Sound Sensations
All New Sound-Matching Game in 5.1 Surround Sound
- All New "Circle Of Life" Music Video
Performed by Disney Channel "Circle Of Stars", Including: Hilary Duff, Raven, Christy Romano, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Tahj Mowry, Kyla Pratt & A.J. Trauth
- Original "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Music Video
Performed by Sir Elton John
- Sing Along Track
Watch the Film and Sing Along
- Deleted Scenes
- Bug Football
- Hakuna Matata
- Warthog Rhapsody
- The Making Of "Morning Report"
A Reunion of the original Lion King Team
- Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari
Bring a Theme Park Experience Into Your Living Room. Join Timon and Pumbaa For an Action-Packed Blast Through the Wilds of Africa-in 5.1 Surround Sound.
- Behind the Scenes Footage
- Character Designs
- Computer Animation
- African Art Inspiration
- Exclusive Interviews
with Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice
- The Lion King Music Videos
- African Influence
- Disney Animals
Learn How Real Animals Inspired These Animated Lion King Characters, Hosted by Roy Disney.
- Storymaking Magic
Learn the Fascinating Origins and Influences Behind the Story of The Lion King
|1||Blue warning screens||October 3, 2000|
|2||Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo||July 17, 2001|
|3||Sneak Peek||October 7, 2003|
|4||The Lion King 1½ Sneak Peek||October 7, 2003|
|5||Coming Soon to Theaters||December 14, 1999|
|6||Theatrical Trailer for Brother Bear||June 6, 2003|
|7||Coming Soon to Own on Video & DVD||December 14, 1999|
|8||Video Preview: George of the Jungle 2||October 7, 2003|
|9||Video Preview: Finding Nemo||August 26, 2003|
|10||Video Preview: The Santa Clause 2||September 9, 2003|
|11||Promo: Walt Disney World||October 7, 2003|
|12||Join us After the Movie
(The Lion King)
|October 7, 2003|
|13||Feature Presentation||November 27, 2001|
|14||THX logo||February 4, 1997|
|15||Full Screen Format disclaimer||July 11, 2000|
|16||The Lion King
|December 25, 2002|
|17||Music Video: Circle of Life by Disney Channel Circle of Stars||October 7, 2003|
|18||Music Video: Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John||October 7, 2003|
- "Circle of Life"
- Farther and Son/ "Morning Report"
- Uncle Scar
- "I Just Can't Wait To Be King"
- Elephant Graveyard
- Under the Stars
- "Be Prepared"
- The King Is Dead
- Scar Takes Over
- Timon and Pumbaa
- "Hakuna Matata"
- Scar in Command
- Pumbaa and Timon Wax Philosophical
- Nala and Simba Reunite
- "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
- Trouble In Paradise
- He Lives In You
- Simba Returns
- Simba Confronts Scar
- The Fight
- Simba Ascends
- End Credits
- Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition) (October 8, 2002)
Platinum Edition release
- 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (January 21, 2003)
- Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World (Special Edition) (February 25, 2003)
- Pinocchio (Special Edition) (UK: March 3, 2003)
- Lilo & Stitch (UK: March 17, 2003)
- The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh: Volumes 1 & 2 (UK: March 31, 2003)
- Walt Disney's Fables: Volumes 1 & 2 (UK: April 7, 2003)
- Inspector Gadget 2 (March 11, 2003)
- Castle in the Sky (April 15, 2003)
- Kiki's Delivery Service (April 15, 2003)
- Spirited Away (April 15, 2003)
- Treasure Planet (April 29, 2003)
- Atlantis: Milo's Return (May 20, 2003)
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (May 20, 2003)
- The Rescuers (May 20, 2003)
- Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Chase (June 3, 2003)
- The Jungle Book 2 (June 10, 2003)
- Air Bud: Spikes Back (June 24, 2003)
- Piglet's Big Movie (July 29, 2003)
- Tarzan & Jane (Japan: Summer 2003)
- The Lizzie McGuire Movie (August 12, 2003)
- Stitch! The Movie (August 26, 2003)
- The Brave Little Toaster (September 2, 2003)
- The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (September 2, 2003)
- The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (September 2, 2003)
- The Apple Dumpling Gang (September 2, 2003)
- Kim Possible: The Secret Files (September 2, 2003)
- Sleeping Beauty (September 9, 2003)
- Holes (September 23, 2003)
- Bionicle: Mask of Light (UK: September 29, 2003)
In Other Countries
|Country of origin||Release date|
|South Korea||October 1, 2003|
|Hong Kong||October 8, 2003|
|United Kingdom||October 31, 2003|
|Australia||February 25, 2004|
|Finland||October 17, 2003|
|Germany||October 23, 2003|
|Spain||October 23, 2003|
|France||October 15, 2003|
|Japan||October 10, 2003|
Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)
|The Lion King (Platinum Edition)||Succeeded by|
Finding Nemo (DVD/VHS)