Review: “The Lion King” Signature Collection Blu-ray

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

To say that The Lion King was a box office success would be an enormous understatement. It is definitely one of my favorite Disney movies! Having been released more than two decades ago, it remains at the box office top spot all-time for hand drawn animated feature films. It finished its run in theaters as the highest-grossing release of 1994, and even more impressively, it was the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time. Along with its box office success, The Lion King won multiple Academy Awards in music and the Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Award. It’s popularity was far-reaching and included a Broadway adaptation and two sequels. The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride was released in 1998 and The Lion King 1½ first became available in 2004. They were both direct-to-video releases. Interestingly, The Lion King was also the greatest selling VHS tape of all time. With all of that, there were also a couple of television shows that have continued the story — Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard.

That’s an incredible amount of success on so many levels, and why wouldn’t it be?!? The Lion King is a film that has it all — a great story with comedy and drama sprinkled throughout, beautiful scenery and animation, great villain(s), an AMAZING musical soundtrack and so many wonderful memorable characters. With all of that, I’m not sure there is much that needs to be said about the movie itself as I’m certain you’ve seen it. If you haven’t, please finish reading the review and then grab this Blu-ray. It will be available to purchase tomorrow (Tuesday, August 29, 2017)!

The Lion King is only the fifth title in Walt Disney Signature Collection Series. This collection is limited to films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney and includes Snow White and the Seven DwarfsBeauty and the BeastPinocchio and Bambi. The Lion King is a must watch movie, and now as part of the Signature Collection, the Blu-ray has some great features that I’m sure you’ll love!

Let’s look at some of those Bonus features now.

  • 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 (see clip below) – 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 (see the clip above) – 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.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Product SKUs: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 89 minutes
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.78:1
DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1

Amy Crooks

Hi!! I'm Amy, and I am the owner and writer of this site. I'm a stay-at-home mom that enjoys cooking, crafting and cheering on my favorite hockey, football, baseball and basketball teams! I have an amazing husband and son (Clayton III does a little writing for the site too)!! :)

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