The Spanish-language edition was released in September, five months after Aladdin.
March 3, 1995
This is the Exclusive Deluxe Video Edition, released on the same day as the standard video release. However, it also includes The Making of The Lion King documentary on another separate VHS tape, along with some lithographs.
This laserdisc is one of the only ways you can watch the original theatrical film in letterbox widescreen format, along with THX-certified audio.
September 19, 1995
Worth almost $100 more than the CLV laserdisc, this CAV set contains lots of other things that you wouldn't see in any of the other three formats shown above. The film is split into two CAV laser videodiscs, and there are two more discs, all containing bonus material such as storyboards, character design artwork, concept art, and rough animation. In addition, the first analog track includes an audio commentary for the film.
This direct-to-video sequel film, originally intended to be in widescreen format, was actually only available in pan-and-scan format, as VHS tapes were almost always designed for full screen (4:3) television sets.
November 23, 1999
As intended, the DVD version of this film is presented in letterbox widescreen format, at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. There are only two bonus features -- the original trailer from 1998, and the music video "Love Will Find a Way", which were both excluded from international releases of the DVD in 2000.
After its theatrical release exclusively in IMAX theaters, The Lion King got its first official DVD release as the third Platinum Edition title. Here, the film now has 5.1 surround sound (both theatrical and a new "Home Theater Mix"), an anamorphic widescreen format, and especially a new "Special Edition" of the film, in which the song "Morning Report" is included, and lots of bonus material, most of it exclusively for this DVD. Along with it, the film was also available as a Collector's Gift Set (priced at $49.99), and on VHS (priced at $24.99).
This direct-to-video film takes place before and during the events of The Lion King, where in which there are no lions present in the before-the-beginning events. This DVD includes Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, and some bonus material including deleted scenes, featurettes, and interactive games.