Arguably the best animated film of all time – and easily the pinnacle of the Disney Renaissance - The Lion King arrives on Blu-ray today after pulling in nearly $80M over the past three weeks during its theatrical re-release as a 3D feature. Today, Disney is offering both the original release and The Lion King 3D in stunning high definition, which promises to be one of the top releases of the year.
For the The Lion King Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented, "Once again, Disney has treated one of its animated classics like royalty and the results are nothing short of spectacular. The Blu-ray edition boasts a gorgeous video transfer, a powerful, earth-shaking DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track and a host of special features."
Riding in on its fifth incarnation – a luxury typically only granted to horror series who would have visited outer space at least once by now - Fast Five is the latest film in the The Fast and the Furious series that viewers just can't get enough of. Thankfully, producers haven't diverted much from the original formula, which is great, because that is exactly what the people want.
Staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented in his Fast Five Blu-ray review , "No need to think, no need to analyze, no need to do anything other than sit back, strap in and enjoy the ride. Luckily, Universal's Blu-ray edition makes it that much easier to Let Go and Let Lin. Its video transfer is outstanding, its DTS-HD Master Audio track rockets toward the finish, and its eight-cylinder extras top off an already excellent release."
Whatever you think of Quentin Tarantino – which usually ranges from "one of the greatest directors of our time" to "the biggest copy-cat in the industry", his films are extremely fun to watch and masterfully scripted. Today's release of Pulp Fictionon Blu-ray is the director's best known film and one that Blu-ray fans have been begging for all five years since the format was introduced (and first rumblings that it was "coming soon").
For the Pulp Fiction Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Jeffrey Kaufman commented, "This film is so stuffed with great performances and great bits of dialogue that it's almost useless to try to single one or two moments out. Fans of the film are going to be very pleased with the video and audio components of this release, as well as a couple of new supplements appended to previously released extras."
And in a week absolutely stuffed with great releases, which one will I end my post with? Why, none other than Pee-wee's Big Adventure, of course! As staff reviewer Michael Reuben puts it in Pee-wee's Big Adventure Blu-ray review , "There was something magical in the chemistry between Reubens and Burton that pulls me into Pee-Wee's Big Adventure every time."
Salo salo salo... YES PLEASE. Harakiri, too.
The Lion King--I wouldn't call it one of the best animated films of all time, or even one of the best Disney animated films, but it is a solid film and I want it.
Pulp Fiction/Jackie Brown are both must-gets asap.
Life is Beautiful is a stunning film, should be gorgeous on blu.
Then a lot of titles that, should I be walking around the store with cash in my pocket and I see them cheap I'd totally get... Dead Alive, Cinema Paradiso, Interstella 5555, etc, etc...
Definitely Lion King. I've been waiting for a while for this release. Unfortunately, finances won't allow for any additional purchases today, but definitely have Fast Five on the "to-get" list (once the entire films set comes out).
With Best Buy's 'buy both and save $8', two $5 DMR coupons, and a $5 Subway coupon, I got the Lion King 3D and Beauty and the Beast 3D for $41.01 out the door. VERY HAPPY. And excited to watch Lion King 3D tonight with my kids!!!!!!
Is that a rip on Leprachaun In Space? Because that's the best movie in the entire series. I love hearing people talk about science who don't have even basic scientific knowledge of that field. DNA is a liquid that can be injected into you? Why not! If you have something else's DNA injected into your system then you mutate into that thing? Sure!
Four different titles are to arrive from preorders today, two of them are iconic Quentin Tarantino films: Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (I commend the studio and Amazon for selling these at relatively attractive price points, given their apparently high technical quality and supplemental features and the fact that they're brand new to the market). One is a masterwork of classic Japanese cinema: Makaki Kobayahi's Harakiri. And, for me, the most intriguing of all these intriguing films, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. And all four are blind-buys. Watching them will be an intense experience, I'm sure (for different reasons for each one).
Titles released (or, it seems, in some cases reissued) this week that I plan to buy in the future include Cinema Paradiso, Fast Five, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King (as in the big box trilogy), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and maybe Amer, Almost Famous and the Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol 1.
Lion king, Wildcats, Fastfive, and maybe Pee wee. Hoping to find Nightmare 2 and 3 this week, No where in my town had it last week, the guy at best buy said it wasn't released in canada..is this correct?
Wow! Without a doubt the best blu-ray release day so far this year. I picked up The Lion King, Fast Five, The Cider House Rules, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Scream 4. Can we say movie marathon this weekend?
"and easily the pinnacle of the Disney Renaissance."
In box office dollars only. Bluth/Spielberg/Universal kicked off the Second Golden Age with An American Tail. Disney countered by re-investing in their animation unit, and also working with Spielberg. The results were Oliver and Co., Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Little Mermaid. Then FOX took a chance on The Simpsons, meanwhile home video introduced teens and adults to a healthy diet of foreign animation. All of this plus new technologies led to a massive animation boom.
The Lion King is the pinnacle of The Second Golden Age?
Is it even the pinnacle of Disney's "self-contained" Second Golden Age?
No. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - even though produced by such diverse outside houses - and The Little Mermaid would battle for supremacy on that front. In terms of animation, Mermaid is sloppy, even more so than Beauty and the Beast. But it is absolutely aces in sincerity. Roger Rabbit thrills by Bob Hoskins sensational performance, Zemeckis' guiding hand, and a technical virtuosity unseen at Disney since the perhaps the early 60's. Everything at Disney afterwards benefitted from those two films, and in a sane world, they would be rightly celebrated.
The Lion King is a fine film - I think last time I checked it was around 15-17 on my list of the best Disney Animated Films - but you're not going to find much consensous in the animation community backing up the assertion that it is arguably the pinnacle of anything, other than box office sales.
My girlfriend just bought me The Lion King, so technically I am not "buying" anything this week, I guess lol. I am tempted to pick up Pulp Fiction love, I freaking love that movie. Makes me hungry for a Royale with Cheese.