Lion King: Definitive Edition, The

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Original Release Date:
1994
Original Running Time:
88
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
90
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
The Lion King has be released on home media several times over, with changes being made along the way. Many of these changes were for the better, but some of them were for the worse. This fanedit of the film serves to take some of the better changes from earlier releases of the film and add them back into a more high quality, later edition copy of the film. Also included are more songs!
Intention:
I've always loved The Lion King, so I set out to utilize the different home media releases of the film to make the best version possible in my eyes. There were certain shots and edits that I felt had been better composed in previous home media releases (such as the reanimated crocodiles and waterfalls), while there were others that didn't quite sit right with me (like the final shot of the opening "Circle of Life" sequence. I went through the different releases and chose which versions of each change I preferred, and combined it all into one film. While I was at it, I felt that it'd be fun to include any more songs or deleted scenes that I could, too.
Other Sources:
- The Lion King VHS release
- The Lion King Platinum Edition
- The Lion King: Diamond Edition
- The Lion King: Signature Collection
- Eduardo Quintana's fan-animation of the stage version of the cut song "The Madness of King Scar"
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to @MusicEd921 for running the VHS scenes through Topaz for me to help clean them up! The VHS scenes look much better, and it's all thanks to him!
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- The Frank Wells tribute was moved to the beginning of the film, like how it was in the VHS release.

- I replaced the modern Disney logo with the orange-and-black logo that was used in the Platinum edition.

- The redone shot of Rafiki holding up baby Simba at the end of the Circle of Life sequence was swapped out for the original version of the shot from the VHS release.

- The Morning Report sequence was added back in instead of the original pouncing lesson scene.

- Eduardo Quintana's animation of the stage version of the cut song "The Madness of King Scar" was added in after the scene where the hyena's confront Scar about not having enough food.

- The version of the scene where Simba is lying on the cliff ledge and the dust forms the letters "SFX" was added back in.

- The scene where Simba runs towards the clouds after speaking to Mufasa was restored (after the clouds were mistakenly removed in the Diamond Edition).

- The end credits from the VHS release where the credits scroll down in one column instead of two were added back in.

User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(1)
Narrative
 
10.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(1)
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(Updated: February 11, 2024)
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
This was a very cool watch! The changes were smoothly done when incorporating the new clips, and the Morning Report song was unexpected and fun to hear. Call me an old man but I also appreciated seeing the original VHS version of Simba's Presentation clip on Pride Rock. Brought back a lot of fond memories.

The lowered score the AV Quality is purely based on the quality of the available source materials for the older VHS clips, but strangecalendars did a great job making them as seamless as possible. The only mild detract for Enjoyment was the new Scar song, which I personally didn't enjoy but I'm sure many others will.

This was a great watch, and felt like a fresh spin on an old classic! Great work, strangecalendars!

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