Much like Bill Murray’s character Wallace Ritchie in “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” I work in the movie industry as one of my three jobs. I am a shift manager for a store that sells Blu-rays, DVDs, games, and more. One of my favorite questions I hear at least three times a week is, “Do you have ‘Aladdin?’” For the last three years that query has been met with a smirk and giggle reminiscent of what we see in “Jingle All the Way” when Arnold Schwarzenegger asks a store clerk if they have a Turbo Man.
Thanks to Disney’s release of “Aladdin: Diamond Edition” on Blu-ray, I can finally give our customers the answer they so gleefully want to hear. At least for the time being, until they stick it back into the vault again for ten or twenty years. I am trying to create a sense of urgency here for you to go out and find it immediately because I guarantee they’ll all be gone in a couple of months.
As if it needs any description, when street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp -- and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn't quite what he appears to be?
The film is rated G for General Audiences and is deemed appropriate for all ages. It does contain mild violence and some scenes that might be too frightening or intense for younger children. Some of the sequences with Jafar and the mouth of the cave of riches might give toddlers a jolt of fright.
“Aladdin: Diamond Edition” comes complete with Blu-ray, DVD, and a digital copy to give consumers the choice to watch it anywhere they want. It’s loaded with bonus material everyone will enjoy. “Genie Outtakes” include recordings that bring Robin Williams’ iconic character to life. The voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger, hosts another featurette entitled “Genie 101.” Disney Channel’s Joey Bragg investigates mysterious surprises in “Unboxing ‘Aladdin.’” Composer Alan Menken gives us insight into the music of the film with “’Aladdin:’ Creating Broadway Magic.” Disney Song Selection is among other special features found.
I don’t really think I need to come to the defense of “Aladdin: Diamond Edition.” I think its position as an Academy Award-winner speaks for itself. The movie stands as an eternal tribute to the late Robin Williams’ work as a comedian and voice actor. It truly earns its position as a classic in the annals of Disney History.
“Aladdin: Diamond Edition" is available now in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack.