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Walt Disney’s Live Action “Aladdin” on Blu-ray

 

 

 

Review by Susan Phillips

An exciting adventure Disney doesn’t disappoint bringing the story of Aladdin to the big screen in this live action version. And now that it’s on Blu-ray I found it just as stunning in the privacy of our own home. If you saw the tale years ago as an animated feature then you know the adventure, the comedy and the romance. But, there are some Hollywood changes, CGI special effects and a whole new live action cast.

Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scoot) is not aloud outside of her castle because of her father’s fear his only child will be hurt. In her hope to learn more about the people of her kingdom she sneaks out to the city where she meets a street thief, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and his monkey Abu (CGI animated). Jasmine tells Aladdin she is the princess’s hand maid, and the two have an instant connection.

The Princesses father, the Sultan (Navid Negahban), is trying to find the right suitor for his daughter to marry to take his role as Sultan. The Sultan’s second in command, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), wants to rule the kingdom but hides his greed for power.

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott) flee from palace guards on the streets of Agrabah in ALADDIN, a live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic.

Now, Jafar however knows he can get this power from the Genie locked in a lamp that can only be found deep inside the Cave Of Wonders. He recognizes Aladdin’s abilities as a thief and gets tricks Aladdin and Abu to retrieve the lamp for him. So begins an adventure with a couple of twists and a whole lot of fun.

Director Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John August, made sure this movie will be enjoyable for everyone. The scenery of the city and the Cave Of Wonders is amazing. And, the choreography of the stunts was so well done, it brought the excitement factor up a couple of notches.

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets the larger-than-life blue Genie (Will Smith) in Disney’s live-action adaptation ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

The costumes were stunning. The songs are pleasantly familiar with a few new ones as well. The story keeps moving along since there is a lot to tell in this 2 hour 8 minute film. For those who may doubt Will Smith as the right choice to play the role of Genie, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised. He brought the right amount of charisma and charm, and the animators did a nice job of making him genie-like.

I thoroughly enjoyed this move and give it a 5 star rating. It’s sure to be an even bigger his on home video. Especially since you can pause, rewind, and talk with the kids while they watch it over and over again. Well, I’m not sure you want to be with them the next time around. And there’s plenty of bonus features for the whole family to watch.

BONUS EXTRAS AND FEATURES: Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL PRESALE EXCLUSIVE BONUS:
“MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI” – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS:
“SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
“ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW” – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
“DELETED SONG – ‘DESERT MOON’ ” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
“GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE” – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
“A FRIEND LIKE GENIE” – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
“DELETED SCENES”- ‘Falling Petals Into OJ’, ‘Jafar’s Magic Orrery’, ‘Anders’ Gift’, ‘Wrong Wishes’, ‘Silly Old Fool’, ‘Post Yam Jam Debrief’.
“BLOOPERS” – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
“MUSIC VIDEOS”- ‘Speechless’ – Music video performed by Naomi Scott, ‘A Whole New World’ – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward, ‘A Whole New World’ (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.

Aladdin has been rated PG by the MPAA for some action/peril. For the immature and very young, parents may want to watch the film first or with their children at home.

FINAL COMMENT- A wonderful film filled with adventure. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders and Numan Acar as Hakim.
Director: Guy Ritchie
MPAA Rating: PG for some Action/Peril
Genre: Family, Adventure, Life Action
Running Time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
Video Release Date: September 10, 2019
Original Theatrical Release Date:
Language: English (changeable to Descriptive Audio, Spanish or French)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Audio: Blu-ray DTS-Master Audio 7.1; DVD Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen 1080p HD, Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 2 Discs, Plus Digital Code
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Released on: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), Digital 4K UHD/HD/SD, DVD and On-Demand

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