Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Last Lions

Release Date: Jan. 3, 2012
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Virgil Films/National Geographic

The Last Lions movie scene

Lioness Ma di Tau means business when it comes to her cubs in The Last Lions.

Filled with dazzling views of the African jungle and eye-opening adventure scenarios, The Last Lions is a documentary film that focuses on a proud lioness and her three cubs as they confront such formidable foes as crocodiles, a herd of buffaloes and a rival pride of big cats.

The 2011 movie was made by the South African husband-and-wife team Dereck and Beverly Joubert, veterans of wildlife moviemaking, and narrated by actor Jeremy Irons (The Mission).

The real-life saga of lioness Ma di Tau and her cubs unfolds inside the reality that lions are vanishing from the wild: In the last 50 years, lion populations have reportedly plummeted from 450,000 to as few as 20,000. With The Last Lions, the Jouberts offer a narrative story while posing the question of whether Ma di Tau and her young will be the last lions.

The PG-rated film received a limited release to U.S. theaters in February 2011 and received very positive reviews from the critics.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, filmmaker interviews and information on National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative.

Here’s a trailer to meow at – look at those lions!:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.