Walt Disney Pictures announced today that The Lion King will return to theaters in 3D on September 16 before hitting Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on October 4. The full details:
Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disneys The Lion King roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie The Lion King in high-definition Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D.
The Lion King is the best-selling home entertainment release of all timeand this is The Lion King like never before, said Bob Chapek, president of distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. Were showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3Dits the must-see, must-own title for everyone.
Nearly a decade since The Lion King last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the Circle of Life. The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic releasethe biggest since the films 1994 debutand the films first-ever 3D release.
The Blu-ray debut marks the first time The Lion King has been available in any form since 2004. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers.
The Lion King: Diamond Edition home entertainment release will be available from the Disney Vault for a limited time only beginning October 4 as follows:
And the one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15.
The Lion King, first released in 1994, won the Oscar® for Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Original Song (Elton John/Tim Rice Can You Feel the Love Tonight), earning Golden Globes® in both categories, as well as for Best Motion PictureComedy or Musical.
The film inspired an immensely popular, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, which is currently featured on stages worldwide. It became the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history in January 2011.