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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Disney film, a little disappointed with bonus features
I bought Aladdin being a big fan of the Disney films and I was very pleased with the movie itself; Robin Williams is hilarious as the Genie, the story is good if not a bit too eccentric, the songs are wonderful and picture and sound quality are perfect.

However calling the DVD a 'Musical Masterpiece' edition is a bit of a marketing con. The only features are a...
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film...but why released like this?
Based on the classic tale from the Arabian Nights, "Aladdin" is one of the best Disney films; it is a tour-de-force of lovely animation and magical music. There's plenty of heart, as well, and whilst the story has its fair share of clichés, the film overall deserves a good five stars.

Having said that, this DVD edition (the Musical Masterpiece Edition)...
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Disney film, a little disappointed with bonus features, 24 Nov 2008
This review is from: Aladdin [DVD] (DVD)
I bought Aladdin being a big fan of the Disney films and I was very pleased with the movie itself; Robin Williams is hilarious as the Genie, the story is good if not a bit too eccentric, the songs are wonderful and picture and sound quality are perfect.

However calling the DVD a 'Musical Masterpiece' edition is a bit of a marketing con. The only features are a pamphlet like booklet with song lyrics and then there's an option to put the film on with song subtitles appearing.

I did buy the DVD just for the film so I really didn't mind the lack of decent extras too much, it's a good price for a very good movie but if you're an extras fan it may be worth trying to find the DVD that was released in 2004.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film; beautifully restored, 12 Oct 2004
Aladdin is, in my opinion, the best of the traditional (as in cartoon musicals) Disney films from the 90s. The story is full of black humour and the genie is perfectly voiced by Robin Williams.
This DVD takes the original film and brings the image and sound quality bang up to date, compared to the original VHS I have I cannot believe they are the same film. The extras on disc 2 are more suited to children however for us grown ups there are plenty of interesting bits such as the commentary and the trivia subtitles which point you towards such features as Disney in-jokes and which characters are based on members of the team.
An excellent buy for both the young and young at heart
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content and quality - shame about the adverts, 7 Dec 2004
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I need not repeat what the other reviews have said - the picture and sound quality is excellent, the film has to be one of the best original Disney films, etc.
The one thing I would complain about is that Disney seem to have found a way to make this DVD like many of their old VHS tapes, i.e. forcing you to watch trailers for other films before you get to the root menu on the DVD, like the copyright notices. And once you start the film, they show about 5 "so-and-so productions" trailers, which aren't in the chapter system of the actual film, i.e. you can't skip them either! It takes something in the order of 5 minutes to actually get to the film, whereas most DVDs are up and running inside of 30 seconds. A real pain when all you want to do is let a friend sing along to one of the songs.
Considering that one reason people prefer DVDs is the lack of adverts, this is a big disappointment, as this means no doubt that this trend will continue with all future Disney DVDs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful upgrading from Disney, 13 July 2013
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Although I don't think this is one of the absolute best of Disney's catalogue, I do have a huge soft spot for this film, so snatched it up as soon as I could for the collection.

The picture transfer is perfect; the colours really pop out, and it has never looked better on vhs or dvd. The audio too is crisp beyond belief - the only minor complaint I could muster is one I've noticed on a small number of blu ray releases recently - the scoring track being louder than audio levels, but this only happened a couple of times throughout the film, and only had to be dropped one or two levels (live in a flat so more aware of it is all)
The extras are pretty fun, featuring the previous dvd editions and a couple of new ones to keep you occupied. Overall, this is of such high quality I can't recommend the film enough; even if you aren't getting it for the collection (thanks to the numbered sides on these releases)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALADDIN [1992] [Blu-ray], 24 Oct 2014
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ALADDIN [1992] [Blu-ray] Disney’s 31st Animated Classic!

For the first time on Disney Blu-ray – soar away on a magic carpet ride of non-stop laughs and thrills in one of the most spectacular adventures of all time. Experience the wonders of ‘ALADDIN’ like never before – from the Academy Award® winning music to the unforgettable moments of side-splitting comedy and soaring adventure.

In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.

FILM FACT: Awards: Aladdin received many award nominations, mostly for its music. It won two Academy Awards, Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for "A Whole New World" and receiving nominations for Best Song ("Friend Like Me"), Best Sound Editing (Mark A. Mangini), and Best Sound (Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane) At the Golden Globes, Aladdin won Best Original Song ("A Whole New World") and Best Original Score, as well as a Special Achievement Award for Robin Williams, with a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Voice Cast: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Charles Adler, Jack Angel, Corey Burton, Philip L. Clarke, Jim Cummings, Jennifer Darling, Debi Derryberry, Bruce Gooch, Jerry Houser, Vera Lockwood, Sherry Lynn, Mickie McGowan, Patrick Pinney, Phil Proctor, Lea Salonga (Jasmine singing voice) (uncredited), Hal Smith (Jafar's Horse voice) (uncredited) and Russi Taylor (Rajah voice) (uncredited)

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker

Producers: John Musker and Ron Clements

Screenplay: John Musker, Ron Clements, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

Composer: Alan Menken

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Czech: 5,1 Dolby Digital, Greek: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Polish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Russian: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 DTS-HD HR, Dutch: 5.1 DTS-HD and Ukrainian: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Russian, Slovakian and Ukrainian

Running Time: 90 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Sandwiched between two of Disney's biggest, most beloved hits, is 'Aladdin.' It could easily have gotten lost in the crowd coming out after 'Beauty and the Beast' and before 'The Lion King.' Similar to the way 'Mulan' seemed to get forgotten because it was surrounded by a host of mediocre Disney films, but 'Aladdin' stands on its own as a bona fide Disney classic despite the threat of being overshadowed.

Everything seemed to go right for 'Aladdin,' (even though the movie was initially seen as a failure after its first full screening; it was promptly reworked). The soundtrack was as memorable as any other Disney movie, the animation was lush and vibrant, its villain is still one of the best in Disney's illustrious vault, and the world wasn't sick of Robin Williams' shtick yet. The stars aligned and it ended up becoming an instant classic. It was slated for Blu-ray release in the U.S. earlier this year, but got bumped to make room for the anniversary edition of 'Peter Pan.' So, it's a good thing you people in North America can import this stunning All Region Blu-ray.

Aladdin [Scott Weinger] is a street rat of no consequence. "Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat," he sings as he dodges palace guards while snatching some bread. Like all paupers, however, Aladdin dreams of something bigger. Something that will make his life means something. And that something includes being filthy rich.

Only, life inside the palace walls isn't as peachy as Aladdin dreams it is, which is usually the case with palaces. Jasmine [Linda Larkin] is deeply depressed by her situation. Sure she's surrounded by wealth, but she dreams of seeing the world, or at the very least, of venturing out beyond the palace walls to see what the real world is like. She's also angry that the law of the land is very adamant that the princess marry a prince, and she's coming of age. Jasmine isn't impressed by the pomp and circumstance. She wants a real man, preferably one with an American accent living in Agrabah.

'Aladdin' isn't without its faults though. As much fun as it is watching Williams bring the Genie to life with the kind of madcap flare that only he can provide, and as great as Jafar is as the chief baddie, its treatment of ethnicity is bizarre. It's pretty obvious that Disney didn't think the audience would feel sympathetic toward characters that didn't look and sound like them. So, while the population of Agrabah speaks in thick Arabian accents and appear as Middle Eastern caricatures, Jasmine and Aladdin look and sound like Americans. It's interesting to note that after 'Aladdin,' Disney animation film that featured foreign-born main characters such as 'Mulan,' 'Brother Bear,' and 'Pocahontas' don't go down the same route. The animation film doesn't bear the same weight as 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'The Lion King.' 'Aladdin,' however, is an intoxicatingly fun ride with unforgettable songs and some of the best animation that Disney had to offer in the '90s. It will remain a Disney classic for as long as The Vault is around.

Animated with a more whimsical style, and punctuated by numerous toe-tapping songs, ‘Aladdin’ breezes along with panache and style that doesn't constrict itself to a young audience. Many single out the strength of Robin William's vocal performance as the key to the film’s success (which earned him a Picasso as well as a substantial fee), the truth is that sometimes lightning does strike twice. Or in the case of the Disney renaissance, four times.

Blu-ray Video Quality – I've always loved the look of 'Aladdin.' It was so vibrant and colourful. Even when I watched it over and over on the old fashioned VHS format, I remember being blown away by its stellar animation. I'm glad to report that this transfer (it remains to be seen if this is the transfer that will be used on the U.S. release) depicts 'Aladdin' in all its glory, and stays true to the Disney perfectionism that we've become accustomed to. I don't ever remember seeing 'Aladdin' look this clear. Colours have a bit more life than they did on DVD. Colour fills never waver in transparency. Lines are crisp, and the artwork really shines. Black areas are sufficiently dark. There is no noise to report. It's all as clean as you'd expect it to be. Those that can't wait for the U.S. release will find that this is a decent option. This is an exceptional transfer for a beloved film.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – 'Aladdin' gets a stunning 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix here. This might be where fans will want to hold out for the U.S. version. Chances are pretty good that Disney will include a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix on the Diamond Edition release. The last Diamond Edition, which was 'Peter Pan,' was accompanied by a full 7.1 remix. As it stands, the 5.1 mix here is ample by any stretch. There is a ton to love here. The rear channels are alive with activity. When Aladdin comes marching into the streets of Agrabah with his parade the ambient sound is perfectly placed. Musical numbers are belted out with force and clarity. Low-end sound is wonderfully presented. When the Cave of Wonders bellows its dire welcome to its visitors, the sub shakes with rumbling bass. The fight with Jafar at the end is a perfect example of the deft directionality on display here. When he turns into a giant snake he can be heard slithering in and out of one channel after another and are tremendously effective.

Dialogue is always clear. Robin Williams' voice throws itself all over the place as he appears here and there with different voices and accents. Nothing ever gets muddled. Alan Menken's beautiful score fills the soundscape and provides a wonderfully memorable experience. Will an inevitable 7.1 mix add a bit more dimensionality? I presume it will. However, if you can't wait for the U.S. release, and feel that 5.1 is enough for you, then this isn't a bad way to go.
The highlight of the soundtrack for many will be the immensely memorable songs, composed by Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice for which the film won an Academy Award, along with the signature track "A Whole New World", which also won an Academy Award for best song.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Filmmakers’ Audio Commentary: Features co-writers, producers and directors John Musker and Ron Clements along with co-producer Amy Pell. Though this was recorded some ten years after the film's original release, the three still have strong and vivid memories of the rather convoluted pre-production phase, not to mention casting, recording and animating. This is enjoyable, highly interesting fare, often relatively technical without being hard to follow.

A Diamond in the Rough: The Making of Aladdin [480i] [1:39:33] Is a really excellent multi-part documentary that gets into rather formidable detail about virtually every aspect of the production.

Sing-Along With The Movie: Offers subtitles for the musical numbers.

Deleted Scenes: Offer introductions by crew members and storyboards and include: Aladdin and Jasmine's First Meeting [480i] [2:51] and Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury [480i] [2:52]

Music Videos: “A Whole New World” performed by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson [480i] [4:07]. “A Whole New World” performed by Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson [480i] [4:14]. “Proud of Your Boy” performed by Clay Aiken [480i] [2:20]

Deleted Songs: [480i] [13:57] feature introductions explaining why they were jettisoned and play to storyboards and stills.

Finally, 'Aladdin' is one of my many favourite Disney films, especially the animation one. Having it before the U.S. release comes out is a big plus in my book. Although there might be a few hesitations on importing into North America still remains, but fear not as it will be a total bonus in your Blu-ray Collection. If you're willing to accept a 5.1 mix (rather than a 7.1 mix, which will likely be on the Diamond Edition) then this All Region import will work well for you. There's also the question of whether any special features will be added for the U.S. release. That's anybody's guess really. But overall, this is a totally magical experience and will blow you away with such an exciting Blu-ray adventure and it has gone pride of place in my ever increasing and expanding Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. The only slight disappointment is why can’t they release the 2 other ‘Aladdin’ animated films, that are still only available on the inferior DVD format? Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney at it's best!, 17 Aug 2008
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This film has to be one of if not THE best Disney film there is. The story is great, the voices perfect, the songs brilliant! My favourite song from Aladdin is probably Friend Like Me but that's because I love Genie. However, all the songs are great in this film, there's none that you roll your eyes to because Disney have that great way of including a lovely slowie into a film but still having the humour there (like with A Whole New World).

Loved this film when I was little and chuffed now that my littl'un loves it too. Great fun for family viewing and still funny for adults!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney in its finest hour, 18 Aug 2009
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Released in 1992, Aladdin is just the perfect disney film, there's not much you can say that is bad about the film or nothing at all since the graphics still retain its appeal, love and charm it has given children throughout the years.

The film is perfect for any disney fan to have as it has good characters, good voice actors including Robin Williams voice as the Genie and many marvellous dance songs available. This includes some extras like a lyric book and music modes so that children themselves can sing along with in the film and a downloadable song feature as well. Recommended to all Disney fans and children.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Movie, 29 Jan 2005
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Aladdin is an orphan stealing what he needs to eat. Jasmine is the princess, but is unhappy to be forced to marry. One day, they meet in the market, and its love at first sight. But Jasmine can only marry a prince. Meanwhile, Jafar's schemes to go from advisor to Sultan bring him across Aladdin's path. But when Aladdin finds the Genie of the lamp, things really get interesting.
And fun. As anyone who has seen this movie will tell you, Robin Williams as the Genie absolutely makes this movie. I still haven't caught all his characters and impersonations, but they still make me laugh. The plot itself is better then their usual fairy tale romance with Jafar making a truly evil villain. The songs are some of their best and most memorable, especially the romantic song "Whole New World." And the climax is one of my favorites because of how cleaver it is. The animation is beautiful with vibrant colors bringing the story to life.
I've been looking forward to this DVD release since it was announced. And let me tell you, it looks and sounds great. Perfect widescreen, and the immersive audio mix is truly breathtaking. Extras include two commentary tracks and a fun pop-up trivia option. The story got quite an overhaul from the original version they were thinking of, and some of the original material is presented here, including a song recorded by Clay Aiken. Disc two features a reunion of the producers, animators, and voice cast interspersed with behind the scenes material. Honestly, this felt like it was leaving stuff out and could have been more in depth. There's also a tribute to composure Alan Menken, games for kids, and the usual art galleries. Most noticeably missing from the extras is Robin Williams. With all the other principle voice cast returning for the extras, I was really disappointed not to hear from him.
This is a great movie in every sense of the word that everyone will enjoy watching many times. While the extras don't seem quite as impressive as previous Platinum Edition titles, there's still plenty here for fans. A disc well worth getting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Freeman as Jafar; Yeah!, 7 Oct 2004
This film is great! The story (the director's is responsible for the classics The Little Mermaid, Hercules and Treasure Planet), the animation (animators Andreas Deja, Will Finn, Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, Glen Keane), the musical score (Alan Menken), the songs (Howard Ashman & Alan Menken and Alan Menken & Tim Rice), the cast (Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Robin Williams) - everything is just magical!

Aladdin is perhaps the best of all the great Disney films, counting such classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Lion King etc.

Aladdin is a better film than The Lion King, and this DVD release is as good as the collector's edition 2-Disc release of Beauty and the Beast. The bonus on the DVD release of The Lion King was very bad - if not missing. I really hope that Disney's DVD release's continue to be this good.

And the best thing about the whole movie; The performance of the fantastic actor/Broadway singer Jonathan Freeman! Williams is great too, but did get more attention/credits than he deserved. Freeman is very, very good as the evil, malevolent Grand Vizier and sorcerer - to bad he did not get a long song in the film (such as "Why Me", "Humiliate the Boy" or "Master of the Lamp" - all Menken/Ashman/Rice songs). But his musical reprise of Prince Ali is performed great. Freeman has the most awesome, evil laughter in the world, I think! (Freeman is returning in The Return of Jafar, with a catchy song - "(You're) Only Second Rate".)

Enjoy this Walt Disney Picture Masterpiece! And if you want The Disney Company to make more classical (2-D), hand-drawn animated features in the future, visit w[...] and support Roy Disney in his battle against the forces of evil; Disney boss Michael Eisner (a person that does only think about money, not art or entertainment). SAVEDISNEY for the future!
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film...but why released like this?, 26 Dec 2008
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Based on the classic tale from the Arabian Nights, "Aladdin" is one of the best Disney films; it is a tour-de-force of lovely animation and magical music. There's plenty of heart, as well, and whilst the story has its fair share of clichés, the film overall deserves a good five stars.

Having said that, this DVD edition (the Musical Masterpiece Edition) comes across as a bit pointless. I hate to nitpick and sound all geeky, but I shall be. A few years ago, "Aladdin" was released for the first time on DVD in a splendid two-disc edition featuring a whole two-hour documentary on the film's production, as well as audio-commentaries, trailers, production galleries and a tribute to Alan Menken (who wrote the songs for not just "Aladdin", but "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Enchanted", "Pocahontas" etc). However, quicker than you could say Scrooge McDuck is your uncle, it went back into the infamous Disney vault. And now the film has "returned from the Disney vault" with only a "sing along" feature and not much else.

I understand that some people will just want the movie, but as someone seriously considering going into the film/TV industry, I find it a bit depressing that studios should just be mediocre when it comes to releasing films, especially when they've done better in the past.
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