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Lion King 1 1/2, The
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Edward Hibbert, Jason Rudofsky & Matt Weinberg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
A THX Optimizer is included on Disc One, as well as a preview for the supplements on the second disc. Oh, and there are up-front ads. Lots of them. The supplements on Disc Two are split into two categories: Featurettes and Games & Activities. The featurettes selection takes you to the four-minute Timon: Behind The Legend, a 15-minute Before The Beginning: The Making Of The Lion King 1 1/2 (including the creators and the voice talents), and Raven

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 31205
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 77
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 02/10/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Bradley Raymond
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Lion King 1 1/2" begins with Timon and Pumbaa controlling the remote for the original Lion King movie, having some discussions

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced, windowboxed/pillarboxed 1.66:1 DVD, as would be expected, exhibits a colorful picture. All hues are richly saturated and pop from the screen. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent dimension. In a minor nitpick, there is occasional and minor ringing noticed around images, but nothing that is really distracting. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel audio presentations exhibit good fidelity, a natural tonality to the dialogue, very nice soundstaging (especially across the front screen channels), and is substantial even with a 6 dB dialnorm offset. Both surround channels add really nice atmosphere to the production as minor ambient details like the sound of crickets chirping, and the wind rustling thru the brush, give off a sense that we are in the same outside environment with the onscreen animated characters. The LFE channel is used effectively for emphasis, albeit somewhat sparingly, throughout. The Dolby