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Aladdin (1992) 4K UHD Review

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1992’s “Aladdin” is still the best cinematic version.

Having just gone over the plot of “Aladdin” with my review of the 2019 live-action version, it seems silly to recount the plot yet again for the 1992 animated version, but alas, I will. Set in Agrabah, “Aladdin” revolves around the titular hero who is a real “diamond in the rough.” Aladdin’s journey has him falling for a Princess (Jasmine), facing off against a villainous vizier to the Sultan (Jafar), and stumbling across a Genie in a magic lamp that gives him 3 wishes. The rest you will just have to discover for yourself if you’ve never seen the film before.

Having just watched the 2019 live-action version, it is quite interesting to revisit the Disney animated classic to compare and contrast the two. The rewatch also solidfies just how much better this Ron Clements and John Musker directed movie is. Everything about this movie is pure Disney movie magic. The songs by Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Howard Ashman are as iconic as can be. It’s not uncommon to have moments in life where “Arabian Nights,” “A Whole New World,” “Prince Ali,” “One Jump Ahead,” and “Friend Like Me” randomly get stuck in your head because they’re that good. The voice cast is perfect across the board with the late great Robin Williams take on the Genie being one of the all-time great voice acting performances in cinema history. The way he livens up the movie is indescribable. The story about friendship, love, truth, lies, and heroism is universal, fast paced, exciting, and heartfelt. The characters are all memorable. Who knew a magic carpet could be such a great character? The animation work is among Disney’s finest. The POV scenes of the magic carpet swooping around the Cave of Wonders still thrills to this day.

If I had any knocks against the film it’s the weird pop culture references and the pacing. Sometimes the movie moves a bit too fast for its own good when it should stop and let things breathe a tad bit more. As for the pop culture bits, it’s weird to see impressions of Groucho Marx, Jack Nicholson, and even Disney animated film references here. Granted, they are courtesy of Robin Williams and are generally quite amusing, but they still feel out of place in this movie and for the time period the story is set in.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 2160p. How does it look? The colors pop in this 4K transfer but it’s not significantly sharper than the Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Again, the Atmos track is an upgrade over the Blu-ray sound quality, but it’s not as layered as one might hope.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy and Digital copy
* English, French and Spanish language options
* Disney trailers and an “Aladdin” home video trailer
* 2 alternate ending storyboards
* “Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic”- A featurette on the Broadway version of “Aladdin.”
* “Genie 101”- An overview of Genie’s impressions.
* “Ron And John: You Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Me”- Interviews with directors Ron Clements and John Musker who talk about everything from “Aladdin” to their lives.
* Song selection option and a sing-along edition of the film
* 2 commentary tracks. One by John Musker, Ron Clements and Amy pell and the other by animators Andreas Deja, Will Finn, Eric Goldberg and Glen Keane.
* “The Genie Outtakes”- The highlight of the extras as you get to hear alternate lines and improvs by Robin Williams.
* “Let’s Not To Be Too Hasty: The Voices Of Aladdin”- A look at the voice cast of the film including studio recording footage.
* “Aladdin On Aladdin”- Voice actor Scott Weinger takes a tour of Disney Studios, talks to cast and crew members and recounts the past. A fun etra.

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September 7, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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