Aladdin: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD)
(Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / 2015 / Disney)
Overview: Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride with nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award(R)-winning music that will make your heart soar (1992: Best Music, Original Song, "A Whole New World," Original Score). Now for the first time ever, a whole new world of 'Disney's Aladdin' is revealed in a whole new way on Blu-ray and Digital HD - with never-before-seen bonus!
Blu ray Verdict: As an animated Disney movie staple, 'Aladdin' is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and over - with or without children around, of course! Released now for the very first time ever on Blu-ray & HD Digital (I know, right, how could that be - but it is), 'Aladdin' now also comes with Never-Before-seen Genie Outtakes and so Much More!
Now, admittedly, I think we've all now seen the major Genie Outtake, which has the late, great Robin Williams doing so much more Genie that it'll make your head spin! That, and the fact that he quips and stutters perfectly the whole way through, never dropping a note, never missing a chance to improv, that you start to miss/mourn him all over again.
Anyway, that all aside, and being that it was kindly sent to us for review, how do you "critique" a film that everyone loves? You simply do not. I guess, if I was forced to say anything negative, it would be that Aladdin and Jasmine look a tad too similar and some think they are siblings separated at birth - and that would not be right!
But that's nothing, as you can tell, compared to the majestical nature of this INCREDIBLE movie. For those not in the know, Aladdin the street urchin (voiced by Scott Weinger) finds a magical lamp that unleashes the power of the blue Genie (voiced by Robin Williams) who grants him three wishes. Unfortunately the evil Jafar plans on using the genie to his own will and wreaks havoc on Aladdin's newly-found life (he wishes to become a sultan in the hopes of earning the love of his life, Princess Jasmine).
This is simply a wonderful story with bold animation and a truly terrific vocal performance by Robin Williams. It's the movie's adult humor - such as the Ah-nuld and Woody Allen impersonations done by Williams - that make it equally enjoyable for all ages. When this was released in 1992 I was fascinated and used to watch it all the time; now, as an adult, I still enjoy the film for many different reasons, while still managing to appreciate the utter joy of the story.
Ergo, this 'Aladdin: Diamond Edition' (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) is a BRILLIANT idea to have been thought of, and allows, perhaps, a newer generation to see this Disney animation in crystal clear Blu-ray now - for the first time EVER, as noted before!
FYI: The Genie sings in "Friend Like Me" that "Scheherazade had her thousand tales". Scheherazade was, of course, the supposed author/teller of the stories from "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights", which "Aladdin" comes from. While there weren't really a thousand tales, she did supposedly keep the sultan entertained for 1,001 nights! This is a Widescreen (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
The Genie Outtakes: Outtake Recordings Bring The Genie To Life
The Genie Outtakes: Genie 101 - Hosted by Scott Weinger, The Voice of Aladdin
Unboxing Aladdin - Explore Hidden Secrets with Disney Channel's Joey Bragg Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic - With Composer Alan Menken and Others
Disney Song Selection