Sean W. Gibson / Oct 9th, 2004 No Comments
When Aladdin was released, Disney had been on a hot streak never seen before in the movie industry. Hot off the heels of The Little Mermaidand Beauty and the Beast, this movie came out with a completely different tone. Gone was the "timeless" classic type of movie that Disney was known for, and in was a dynamically funny comedy whose humor was very un-Disney in the sense that it was very contemporary. The movie was just as big a hit as anything Disney released at the time and is fondly remembered for the hilarious performance of Robin Williams.
This is an enormous amount of extras:
Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (Dolby Digital 5.1), French, Spanish,
Commentary by the filmmakers, Commentary by the animators
Commentary by the filmmakers
Commentary by the animators
Restored and enhanced digital transfer with an all-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
"A Diamond In The Rough: The Making Of ALADDIN" — new documentary
Deleted Song "Proud Of Your Boy" — One of the lost gems by Academy-Award(r) winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Clay Aiken Performs "Proud Of Your Boy" — This all-new recording is accompanied by both the original storyboards and an all-new music video with footage from the recording studio
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey Performs "A Whole New World" in an All-New Music Video
Alan Menken: Musical Renaissance Man
Deleted Scenes & Song
Disney's Virtual DVD Ride: ALADDIN's Magic Carpet Adventure
The Art Of ALADDIN
3 Wishes Game
Inside The Genie's Lamp — Never-Before Seen 3-D Tour
The Genie World Tour — A hilarious trip around the world with the genie
Pop-Up Fun Facts — Watch the film in this special "trivia mode" feature to experience and share fun and interesting secrets about the film
Disney Sing-Along Song Selection
This is a ridiculous amount of extras. The best extras are the interviews and featurettes, which talk about "Black Friday" which was the day that Katzenburg said to "start over" when he first saw the storyboards edition of the film.
Aladdin is perhaps one of the best Disney animated movies of all time, because it's a comedy and not a "timeless story of adventure" like all the rest. The comedy has something to offer everyone … the genie (played masterfully by Robin Williams) offers a lot of jokes for the adults, and Apu the Monkey offers the big laughs for the kids. The songs are wonderful, the story engrossing, and overall this is a very entertaining animated motion picture.
Almost every single movie Disney releases is timeless, and Aladdin shares the top mantle-piece with the all time classics. The comedy hasn't faded in all these years, and the quality of the story makes it a treasure of your DVD collection.
AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY
The video has been completely remastered for DVD and was extremely impressive. Watching it on a 72" widescreen television was a lot of fun and the quality was again, impressive. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound also gave a fantastic feel to the film. Top marks for audio and video quality.
Aladdin was, and still is, a great change-of-pace movie for Disney. I think the formula for success of this film was the fact that at its heart it was a comedy about a self-made boy who got the girl he was in love with by being who he truly was. It's a great message, a fun story, a hilarious comedy, and has songs that you will be humming for days. Definitely one of the more original films Disney ever produced, and a good interpretation of "Arabian Nights."
Overall, Aladdin must be in your DVD collection. It's a timeless classic without trying to be a timeless classic – and that's what I love about it. I still laugh at the jokes and still marvel at Robin Williams' performance. An absolute must buy DVD with amazing extras and quality of audio and video.