The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Given the limits of SD-DVD, the image worked fine.
Overall sharpness seemed positive. Inevitably, the restrictions of SD-DVD meant a little softness, but the movie usually showed pretty nice delineation.
I saw nothing more than minor signs of jagged edges and shimmering. Both edge haloes and source flaws remained absent.
With bright hues, Rise offered fine colors. These stood out as bright and peppy.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. This wasn’t HD caliber, but for SD-DVD, it looked strong.
I thought the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Rise opened up the material in a moderate manner, as the forward channels brought out the majority of the material and became the focal point. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.
The surrounds threw in occasional elements, but they didn’t do a whole lot. Action scenes gave us a smattering of involving components and periodically brought the material to life. However, much of the movie emphasized the forward channels and didn’t create a particularly involving mix.
Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. The soundtrack merited a “B-”.
The DVD includes four bonus episodes of The Lion Guard. We get “The Trouble With Galagos” (Season 1, Episode 16), “Janja’s New Crew” (Season 1, Episode 17), “Baboons!” (Season 1, Episode 18) and “Kions of the Outlands” (Season 1, Episode 20).
Each one comes with identical 22:32 running times and they offer more adventures of Kion and company. Like Rise, these shows didn’t do much for me, but fans of the series will be happy to find them here.
The disc opens with an ad for DisneyNature: Dolphins.
As someone who enjoyed the original Lion King, I hoped The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar would deliver a fun adventure. Unfortunately, it seems uninspired and not especially entertaining. The DVD offers pretty good visuals along with decent audio and a few bonus episodes. Kids might like Rise but I felt lukewarm toward it.