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REVIEW: Aladdin – Diamond Edition

Last October 13, Disney launched Aladdin: Diamond Edition – a 2-disc home video release of Disney’s 1992 animated take on the Middle Eastern folk tale. The set consists of a 50GB Blu-Ray. A DVD, and a Disney Movie Rewards Code that entitles the owner to a digital copy of the film, all of it wrapped around in the same fully embossed fancy slipcover that Disney’s Diamond Edition releases come in.

For people who have forgotten or those whose memories of the film were squeezed out of the two more commercially successful films, The Beauty and the Beast and Lion King, that sandwiched its release, Aladdin revolves around a young street rat who steals and cons out of a need to survive (as opposed to doing so out of greed or malice), happens to come across a magical lamp containing a blue genie who is as powerful as he is flippant, and the princess that she meets and falls in love with.

Video and Audio Quality

The main selling point of buying Diamond Edition Blu-Rays when many fans already have a DVD copy of the film lying around, is the larger capacity of the medium. This larger capacity results in two things: even more bonus content and more capacity for higher definition video and audio. In the case of Aladdin’s video quality, you can rest assured that Disney took advantage of the medium; the CG effects used in the film look real good in HD – the colors are vibrant, the black levels are exceptional and the lines are crisp. There are a few minor problems with aliasing and banding, but that’s par for the course considering that the film wasn’t re-rendered from scratch.

Audio is where Aladdin: Diamond Edition really shines. Most people would love it if an old film was re-released with a 5.1 remaster of the audio, but the Diamond Edition comes out with a fresh DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound scape, which is an undeniable upgrade over the experience of most people save for those who still have vivid memories of watching the film on an actual theatre.

Bonus Content

Disney’s Diamond Edition releases rarely (if ever) disappoint when it comes to bonus content. In Aladdin: Diamond Edition, here’s what you can expect:

The Genie Outtakes – Robin Williams’ Genie outtakes are magically
Bonus Features: brought to life.

Genie 101 – Our host, Scott Weinger (the voice of Aladdin), takes us through the various transformattions of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie.

Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney.

Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic – Join host Darren Criss as we take “a new fantastic point of view” at the story of how Aladdin went from a classic Disney animated film to become Broadway’s smash hit with Composer Alan Menken and others.

Unboxing Aladdin – Our host, Joey Bragg from Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddy, explore the Easter eggs and hidden secrets of Aladdin in this unboxing video.

Classic Bonus – ALL classic bonus from the original DVD release

DMA Exclusive: Deleted Song – “My Finest Hour” – Jafar takes the stage in this never-
Bonus Features: before-seen deleted song. Includes intro from Ron & John. (DMA exclusive)

DVD Bonus Features: Select Classic Bonus, including:

· Deleted Song / “Proud Of Your Boy” (Original Demo Recording)
· Deleted Song / “You Can Count On Me”
· Deleted Song / “Humiliate The Boy”
· Deleted Song / “Why Me”
· Deleted Scene / “Aladdin & Jasmine’s First Meeting”
· Deleted Scene / “Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury”

Conclusion

If you already have the DVD release and just want a copy of the film in you home video library, it’s really difficult to recommend Aladdin: Diamond Edition, but if you still don’t have a home video of the film anywhere or want the best possible version of the film available (especially if you have a kick-ass home theatre setup, then spending a few bucks more to get the Diamond Edition is pretty much a given. The fact that it contains so much more additional content is an extra bonus.


Neil Raymundo

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