Lion King 3D Hits Theaters Today

One of Disney’s finest productions of recent times is making a 3D-flavored comeback, with The Lion King 3D in all good theaters from today. While I think we can all agree that 3D is as gimmicky as cinema gets, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist catching up with Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa again.

The 1994 (!) Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film’s theater run has been limited to just two weeks. But worry not – on October 4th, the Diamond Edition of the film is released on high-definition Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. Here’s Disney’s President of Distribution Bob Chapek with the hard sell (like I need this):

The Lion King is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time—and this is ‘The Lion King’ like never before. The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. We’re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D – it’s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”

Naturally, the Blu-ray release is coming with some customary extras. As well as the usual crystal clear high def picture and sound, there’ll be picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, and a new set of animated bloopers.

Aside from the fact it’s THE FREAKING LION KING, I’m looking forward to this more than any other 3D film. Why? Because it has not been designed as a 3D film. That means no silly, gratuitous shots of stuff being deliberately thrust out towards the camera/audience, something that drove me potty during Alice in Wonderland.

So, who’s popping along and queuing for an age to see this today?