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Blu-ray Review: Aladdin: The Signature Collection

September 10, 2019

By John Corrado

Timed to coincide with the home entertainment release of their new live action remake, Disney is rereleasing their 1992 animated classic Aladdin on Blu-ray as part of the Signature Collection this week.

Featuring Robin Williams in one of his most iconic roles as the voice of the Genie, a staggeringly brilliant and largely improvised piece of work that remains one of the best voice performances of all time, Aladdin still holds up just as well, telling a tightly paced story that is rich with humour and heart, bolstered by vibrant animation and classic songs.

While the live action remake has some moments, and made over a billion dollars at the box office, it also feels somewhat needless when such a perfect version of the material already exists. This remains by far the definitive version of the film, an animated classic that stands tall as one of the crown jewels in Disney’s library to be released during their fabled Renaissance period.

The Blu-ray also includes a selection of new bonus features, the centrepiece of which is Aladdin on Aladdin, a half-hour piece that features the lead voice actor Scott Weigner reminiscing about his role in the film. Next up is Let’s Not Be Too Hasty: The Voices of Aladdin, a short piece that shows picture-in-picture clips of the different voice actors and singers in the recording studio alongside scenes from the finished film. This is followed by two alternate endings that are presented as a series of sketches.

Ported over from the 2015 Diamond Edition release are the four featurettes The Genie Outtakes, Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic, Genie 101, and Ron & John You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me, as well as a pair of audio commentary tracks. We also get a short preview of the classic bonus features from the Platinum and Diamond Edition releases, many of which are included when you redeem the digital copy. This is a solid re-release of the film that is especially worth picking up if you don’t already have the film in your collection.

Aladdin: The Signature Collection is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 90 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: September 10th, 2019

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