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Great film...but why released like this?
on 26 December 2008
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 interested in 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.