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Bring Home The Epic Musical Celebration “Rocketman”

Hailed as “a spectacular journey through the mind of a genius” (Jake Hamilton, WFLD-TV (FOX)) and “one of the best films of the year” (IGN), ROCKETMAN blasts off three weeks early on Digital August 6, 2019 and on
4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD August 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, ROCKETMAN “explodes with energy” (Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV) and boasts incredible performances of Elton John’s beloved songs by Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). This electrifying film also stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

The Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over 75 minutes of must-see bonus content, including four extended musical sequences introduced by director Dexter Fletcher that showcase even more of the spectacular singing and dancing by Taron Egerton and the cast.  The releases also include breakthrough moments not seen in theaters with 10 deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Dexter Fletcher; sing-along tracks of 13 select songs; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Elton John, the cast, and filmmakers; intimate footage from recording studio sessions; plus, a ROCKETMAN jukebox that allows viewers to skip straight to the music. 

Also, for a limited time while supplies last, the Combo Packs will include a collectible booklet with a special message from Elton John for fans of ROCKETMAN.

In addition, the Digital release will include access to three more featurettes and two more deleted/extended scenes.  Apple TV (iTunes) will additionally offer exclusive access to rehearsal footage from “The Bitch Is Back” and a look at Elton John’s lasting impact.

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital releases feature Dolby Vision, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker****.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmossoundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

Synopsis
“His music inspires you, his life will surprise you” (Jake Hamilton, WFLD-TV (FOX)). ROCKETMAN is a one-of-a-kind musical celebration set to Elton John’s most beloved songs. Discover how a shy, small-town boy becomes one of the most iconic figures in rock & roll. Featuring an all-star cast, this truly spectacular and utterly electrifying ride is filled with show-stopping musical performances and is “unlike anything you’ve ever seen” (Jake Hamilton, WFLD-TV (FOX).

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL***

• Extended Musical Numbers:

◦ Introduction by Dexter Fletcher

◦ The Bitch Is Back

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

◦ Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache

◦ Honky Cat

• Deleted and Extended Scenes:

◦ Introduction by Dexter Fletcher

◦ I Love Rock And Roll

◦ You’ve Got to Kill the Person You Were Born To Be

◦ Arabella

◦ Elton in the Gas Oven

◦ Stylish Boots

◦ You’re Not the First Closet Queer with a Mummy Complex

◦ The Blood Test

◦ The Heart Attack

◦ The Launderette

◦ Do You Want Anything?

• It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride: Creative Vision

• Becoming Elton John: Taron’s Transformation

• Larger Than Life: Production Design & Costuming

• Full Tilt: Staging the Musical Numbers

• Music Reimagined: The Studio Sessions – Behind the scenes in the recording studio with Taron & Elton

• ROCKETMAN Lyric Companion: Sing-Along with Select Songs (English only):

◦ The Bitch Is Back

◦ I Want Love

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

◦ Your Song

◦ Crocodile Rock

◦ Tiny Dancer

◦ Honky Cat

◦ Rocket Man

◦ Bennie and the Jets

◦ Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

◦ Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

◦ Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

◦ I’m Still Standing

• ROCKETMAN Jukebox: Jump Straight to the Music

ONLY AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL***

• The Right Chemistry: The Ensemble Cast

• Rocket Man: Anatomy of a Scene

• Rocket Man Music Video – Taron Egerton sings the classic

• Deleted and Extended Scenes:

◦ That’s My Grandad’s Name

◦ The Morning After

APPLE TV (iTUNES) EXCLUSIVES

• Be True to Yourself: Elton John’s Lasting Impact

• Rehearsal Shoot for “The Bitch Is Back”

The Lion King

Tickets are on sale today for The Lion King, the Jon Favreau-helmed feature film that brings treasured characters to the big screen in a whole new way. The film like the original 1994 version features unforgettable music by an award-winning team, including Oscar and GRAMMY-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar and GRAMMY-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who’ve written an uplifting new song, Never Too Late performed by John, that features an African choir and will appear in the film’s end credits and also on the Walt Disney Records original motion picture soundtrack. The digital soundtrack is set for release at 8 a.m. PDT on July 11, and the physical album is now available for pre-order and set for release on July 19, the same day The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters.

Just hearing that music strikes you deeply, Favreau said. Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.

Added Mitchell Leib, president of music & soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios, The incredible musical talents who came together to contribute to this project are unparalleled. Jon Favreau’s deep love and instinct for musical collaboration inspired Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice, Beyoncé, Donald Glover and the entire music team to an awesome level of generosity, spirit and commitment, resulting in a powerful journey of song, production and performance.

The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack features new recordings of the original songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, score by Oscar and GRAMMY winning composer Hans Zimmer, plus African vocal and choir arrangements by GRAMMY-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M (Rhythm of the Pride Lands). Oscar-nominated and GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams (Hidden Figures/producer,Happy), produced five songs on the soundtrack.

 
In revisiting the score for The Lion King,Éd; Zimmer realized the original themes and music were the emotional spine of the story. He brought back many who worked on the original film, including Lebo M, orchestrator Bruce Fowler, conductor Nick Glennie-Smith, arranger Mark Mancina, plus several singers from the choir including Carmen Twillie (who performed Circle of Life in the 1994 movie).
 
Zimmer wanted to approach the score differently for the new film and enlisted the Re-Collective Orchestra (led by founders Matt Jones and Stephanie Matthews), along with the Hollywood Studio Symphony (comprised of Los Angeles-based session players), and his band. The goal was to rehearse and record the score like a live concert performance.
 
Music from the animated film released in 1994 won two Academy Awards (original song and original score), four GRAMMYS and two Golden Globes. The soundtrack was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for 10 nonconsecutive weeks and was certified Diamond by the RIAA, for 10 million units sold.
 
The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack track list follows.
 
  1. Circle of Life, Nants Ingonyama Performed by Lindiwe Mkhize; African vocals performed by Lebo M; written and composed by Elton John and Tim Rice; Nants Ingonyama written by Lebohang Morake and Hans Zimmer; produced by Hans Zimmer; vocals produced by Stephen Lipson
  2. Life’s Not Fair, Hans Zimmer
  3. Rafiki’s Fireflies, Hans Zimmer
  4. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Performed by JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
  5. Elephant Graveyard, Hans Zimmer
  6. Be Prepared(2019 Version) Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming
  7. Stampede, Hans Zimmer
  8. Scar Takes the Throne, Hans Zimmer
  9. Hakuna Matata, Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
  10. Simba is Alive! Hans Zimmer
  11. The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Performed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams
  12. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Performed by Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
  13. Reflections of Mufasa, Hans Zimmer
  14. TBA
  15. Battle for Pride Rock, Hans Zimmer
  16. Remember, Hans Zimmer
  17. Never Too Late, Performed by Elton John; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Greg Kurstin; additional production by Elton John and Matt Still
  18. He Lives in You – Performed by Lebo M; written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebohang Morake; produced by Lebo M and Mark Mancina
  19. Mbube – Performed by Lebo M; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams
 
The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack is produced by Hans Zimmer and Jon Favreau. The physical album is now available for pre-order. For more information on Walt Disney Records releases, follow us at Facebook.com/Disney, Instagram/disneymusic, Twitter.com/disneymusic and our Disney Hits Playlist at http://disneymusic.co/DisneyHits.
 
ABOUT THE LION KING MOVIE
Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney’s The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.