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Blu-ray Review: Disney’s Aladdin

September 10, 2019

By John Corrado

After becoming a massive hit in theatres this summer, bringing in over a billion dollars worldwide at the box office, Disney is releasing their live action Aladdin remake on Blu-ray this week.

While the film is not without its entertaining moments, and is admittedly a bit better than some expected it to be, it also feels like a lesser copy of the animated film, which remains by far the superior version of this story. But Aladdin is still mildly enjoyable to watch at times, so it’s worth checking out if you’re curious and missed it in theatres. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a pretty decent selection of bonus features, starting with Aladdin’s Video Journal: A New Fantastic Point of View, a production diary made up of footage that lead actor Mena Massoud shot himself on set. This is followed deleted song “Desert Moon”, a short but sweet new tune written by Alan Menken, Benji Pasek and Justin Paul that was cut from the finished film, but for my money is actually much better than the other new song (“Speechless”) that did make it in.

Next up are the two featurettes Guy Ritchie: A Cinematic Genie, which explores at how the director brought his usual kinetic style to the film, right down to shooting his frenetic live action version of the classic “Friend Like Me” sequence at different frame rates to make it play at both hyper speed and in slow motion at key points; and A Friend Like Genie, which opens with footage paying tribute to Robin Williams, and features Will Smith talking about talking the challenges of taking on the iconic role.

Finally, the disc has six deleted scenes (Falling Petals Into OJ; Jafar’s Magic Orrery; Anders’ Gift; Wrong Wishes; Silly Old Fool; Post Yam Jam Debrief), three music videos (“Speechless” performed by Naomi Scott, “A Whole New World” performed by Zayn and Zhavia Ward, and “A Whole New World (Un Mundo Ideal)” performed by Zayn and Becky G), and a short blooper reel.

Aladdin is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 128 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: September 10th, 2019

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