'The Lion King 1½' and 'The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride' Blu-rays Announced and Detailed

Posted Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 03:20 PM PST by

The two animated sequels previously only available in 'The Lion King Trilogy' 8-disc boxed set are getting individual combo releases in March.

In an early announcement to retailers, Disney/Buena Vista says 'The Lion King 1½' and 'The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride' are coming to Blu-ray on March 6.

'The Lion King 1½' - Hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you waaay back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began…now more fabulous than ever for the first time in a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!

From their uniquely hysterical perspective, Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa—the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna—reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes of The Lion King’s biggest events.

This essential chapter of The Lion King trilogy features your favorite characters voiced by the original cast (Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella plus Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller) and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. You’ll feel the love for every outrageously funny moment.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Timon & Pumbaa's Vacation Safari animated feature, Deleted scenes hosted by director Bradley Raymond and producer George Mendoza, Timon: Behind the Legend, Before the Beginning: The Making of Lion King 1½, and "Grazing in the Grass" music video by Raven.

'The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride' - The king of animated films reigns in this final chapter of The Lion King trilogy, now breathtakingly beautiful for the first time in a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack! Experience the power of “Upendi”—which means “love”—as Kiara, Simba’s strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father’s watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar’s pride.

As Kiara and Kovu search for their proper places in the great “Circle Of Life,” they discover that it may be their destiny to reunite their prides andbring peace to the Pride Lands.

Featuring the original all-star voice cast, breathtaking animation and enchanting songs, Kiara and Kovu’s adventure thrills audiences of all ages as the glorious “Circle Of Life” continues for a new generation.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Timon & Pumbaa's Insectapedia animated feature, One By One animated short, Timon & Pumbaa: Find Out Why animated short series, Proud of Simba's Pride behind-the-scenes featurette, "Love Will Find a Way" music video by Kenny Lattimore and Heather Headley.

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is $39.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Lion King 1½' and 'The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under March 6.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Lion King 1½ (Blu-ray)
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Blu-ray)
The Lion King Trilogy (Eight-Disc Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disney/Buena Vista, Disc Announcements (all tags)