Bluray + Dvd + Digital HD
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Released By: Disney
Cast: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin
Run Time: 91 Minutes
“When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?”
This is a special review because the day that myself, and so many other people have been waiting for, is finally here. Disney has released a Diamond Edition of Aladdin on Bluray! I haven’t seen this movie since I was a kid so to finally get a restored copy of it on Bluray is amazing. For those who have never seen this movie, and aren’t aware of what the story is about (which is nearly impossible), let me give you a brief explanation of it. Aladdin is basically a guy who’s down on his luck. Him and his monkey Abu, live on the streets and struggle every day to find food and survive. He winds up meeting Princess Jasmine, who he falls in love with but knows that he doesn’t have a chance because he’s just a “street rat”. Long story short, Aladdin finds a magic lamp and frees a Genie (played by Robin Williams) that grants him 3 wishes. Aladdin uses this to his advantage as he tries to better his chances of getting with Princess Jasmine. Of course it isn’t that simple because there are evil people who also have their eyes on the Genies powers. I had an absolutely amazing time revisiting this movie. From the cast of voices, to the story, to the visuals, to the music, this story is one of Disney’s finest creations. The Genie steals the show, and is by far my favorite character. Robin Williams did such an amazing job portraying him, and it was so sentimental to sit and watch, knowing of his passing. You can see his personality shine through to the character, with his quick mind and fast jokes. It’s not just the Genie who is great in this movie though, it’s the whole cast combined. As far as the Picture Quality, it’s everything you would hope for in a remastered Bluray. Everything is so sharp, and the colors are so vibrant that you would think it was made recently. The Audio Quality is also top notch, especially during the song sequences. In addition to all of these positives, the Special Features that are included, add so much more to this set. You still get a lot of the great ones that you did in the past but Disney has added a handful more that are reason to buy this set alone. In honor of the great Robin Williams, Disney has included “The Genie Outtakes”, and “Genie 101” which are both dedicated to the character. The Genie Outtakes displays numerous more jokes and lines, that didn’t make it into the movie. You can see that they allowed Robin Williams to be himself, and improvise as the character. I can honestly say that it was extremely special to watch and listen to stuff that you’ve never heard from him before. It was also very sad because he really was one of the greats, and you can see how talented he was. Since this stuff never made it into the final cut, there isn’t any official artwork for it but they did include some sketches to go alone with it all. Genie 101 is hosted by Scott Weinger who played the voice of Aladdin. This bonus feature shows us all of the different transformations that the Genie goes through, as he portrays many different famous personalities throughout the film. I have to say that they did a great job honoring the late Robin Williams, and he truly deserves nothing less. Overall this is an amazing release, and even though it took a long time, I’m so glad that Disney finally released it to us. The story, the characters, the music, and the quality of the movie are as if it were brand new. Just watching it brought make so many good memories of a simpler time, and made me feel like a kid again. I would absolutely recommend getting this release.
The Genie Outtakes – Robin Williams’ Genie outtakes are magically brought to life.
Genie 101 – Our host, Scott Weinger (the voice of Aladdin), takes us through the various transformations of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie.
Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney.
Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic – Join host Darren Criss as we take “a new fantastic point of view” at the story of how Aladdin went from a classic Disney animated film to become Broadway’s smash hit with Composer Alan Menken and others.
Unboxing Aladdin – Our host, Joey Bragg from Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddy, explore the Easter eggs and hidden secrets of Aladdin in this unboxing video.
Classic Bonus – ALL classic bonus from the original DVD release, including:
– Deleted Song / “Proud Of Your Boy” (Original Demo Recording)
– Deleted Song / “You Can Count On Me”
– Deleted Song / “Humiliate The Boy”
– Deleted Song / “Why Me”
– Deleted Scene / “Aladdin & Jasmine’s First Meeting”
– Deleted Scene / “Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury”
– And more!
9 Out Of 10 Stars