How to get Lion on DVD

for the remote chance my machine will crash, be undable to download another version of the OS, how do I get Lion on DVD

You didn't say if you have a new machine that had Lion already installed.  Apple will not be issuing a Lion DVD, but they do offer a Lion thumb drive available from the Apple store for $69.00.  If you purchased and downloaded it from the Apple store, you can download it again at no charge (you also didn't tell us if you mean a defunct hard drive, or an inability to boot up).  If you mean a hard drive problem, you will have to replace the drive and install SL 10.6.8 (I believe that you need that installed in order to install Lion) before doing anything else. Then, if you purchased from the Apple store, you can return there, go to the Lion page, option click on the "purchases" tag (it will turn blue) and it will bring you to the page that lists your purchases. Lion will be there, and you should be able to install it from there.
On the other hand, if you have Lion on your machine now, you can make a bootable DVD or flash drive from it. Rather than trying to explain the process here, I recommend that you go to: where you will find articles on how to make the bootable DVD or flash drive.
I hope this helps.

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