“Aladdin” was the first Disney movie that I felt too old to watch as a kid. My wife loved it and has fond memories of the movie. I was way into serious fare like collecting polybagged comics with awful art. As I watch the film for only my second time ever, I was taken aback by many of the choices used in the film. While the forced Disney musical elements are there, the film is far more swashbuckling than in the past.
I stayed away from the film for a long time because I couldn’t stand the Genie. Robin Williams is an amazing actor, but the spastic seemingly coke fueled freestyle ran out of steam when his stage shows started to dry up. What’s funny in a San Francisco comedy club plays as annoying when it’s coming from an animated blue fart. That being said, the material is charming and ages well. Plus, it had one hell of a Sega Genesis game for those that care.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, material about the music and The Genie Outtakes as the special features. The A/V Quality is reference quality to the point that I’d call it one of the best animated Blu-Rays released to date. The 1080p transfer blows away the UK master that everyone seems to have been importing for the last two years. Plus, the DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track is home theater demo material. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/13/2015