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Another spotlight is on the music with four deleted songs on display with their rough animation (which was also deleted). One song, "Proud of Your Boy," receives an orchestral version with none other than Clay Aiken crooning the tune. For the kids, the games are quite lame, but a must-see--on the biggest screen possible--is the Magic Carpet Adventure. Like The Lion King DVD's "Virtual Safari," viewers race through the settings of the movie as if we are on a theme-park ride--without the motion. The adults will want to view it and might be needed to solve the puzzle via some quick inputting from the DVD remote. --Doug Thomas
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Aladdin looks great in HD! The standard definition DVD looked good, but suffered from some noticeable compression artifacts when viewed on a 1080p TV, especially in the opening sequence. These issues are thankfully gone, allowing the colors to breathe with vibrancy and less of a "digital" appearance. Detail and sharpness are greatly improved; this is easily the best the film has ever looked.
The audio has been upgraded to DTS-HD 7.1. Again, an improvement from the original 5.1 (even if purists may frown upon the fact that the original track is not included). The remix brings a very immersive, organic experience from things like crowd noise in the marketplace to the quiet moments when the music takes precedence. The biggest highlight of course is when the Genie debuts; his powers are a sonic hurricane. There's a reason this film was nominated for Best Sound and Sound Effects Editing at the '93 Academy Awards.
Along with the "classic extras" ported over from the first DVD release, we get some welcome new additions that emphasize paying tribute to Robin Williams and the new Broadway musical: There's "Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic"; an 18-minute featurette on the creation of the musical production. "Unboxing Aladdin" is an overview of some 'Easter eggs' included in the film, and "Genie 101" is an explanation of the pop-culture references. Both of these last two are targeted to appeal to children, but to be honest, I enjoyed them. I was born in the 80s, so the Ed Sullivan and Peter Lorre impersonations flew over my head back when the film came out.Read more ›
So then, I will happily repeat myself for your benefit and will say that, first and foremost: IT WORKS IN US BLU RAY PLAYERS without a hitch! There are no PAL/NTSC issues. Also, as stated in the listing, it contains several languages, starting with the original English, but there is no Spanish (in case this is a concern for you). Also, just so you know, there is NO DVD COPY with this BLU RAY package.
The video and audio quality are what you'd expect from a US Disney Blu Ray release, so I won't go into detail other than to say it both are excellent. And yeah, the first song in the film is the edited one we have heard since Disney felt forced to change the lyrics. I have that VHS version and the CD soundtrack with the original and, while I like originals in most cases, I did not keep me from getting this Blu ray and I am Ok with it.
And while the Magic Code will not work in your US Disney rewards account, sadly, the bottom line is there is no need for you to wait for Disney to decide that Americans are finally ready for the honor and blessings of these wonderful films (I include 101 Dalmatians in this sarcasm) to be released domestically. You can get them now.Read more ›
As the film makes is debut on DVD later this year, prepare for more changes, albeit subtle. Just like they did with The Lion King, the Disney team is not using the original theatrical presentation of the film, but a re-issue created for IMAX theatres, which featured some redrawn sequences, supposedly necessary because the original footage in question was problematic on the giant IMAX screen (Examples of the changes to The Lion King can be easily found on the web). The difference this time around is that no one ever saw it. The IMAX presentations were financially unrewarding to Disney, and Aladdin was never shown.
The original release had wonderful color composition, especially in the opening scenes introducing Jafar and the Cave Of Wonders, and Pixar's digital images of The Cave's exterior would foreshadow their upcoming quality feature work that Disney would distribute. As far as casting, it sounds like Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried had a great time cutting loose in the studio.
With few exceptions, this film is a delight from start to finish. The low rating comes from the fact that the original theatrical version will not be used, but the redrawn IMAX version. It deserves to be part of your collection, but not like this...
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It's a beautiful remastered blu-ray that I was happy to introduce my nephews to. There are some alterations from the VHS which I'm on the fence about but all in all it was really... Read morePublished 2 days ago by bluewolf37
This is an old favorite my kids used to watch now my grandkids. From Vcr to streaming its still popularPublished 3 days ago by Sono Gal
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