Walt Disney's Aladdin (1992) remains one of the best from the studio's Renaissance era and largely thanks to Robin Willaims's marvelously memorable performance. The animated classic flies to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a gorgeous HDR10 presentation, a highly-satisfying Dolby Atmos mix, and the same set of bonus materials. Highly Recommended.
Along with The Lion King (1994) and Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992) is one of my personal favorites from the Disney Renaissance era. I still remember seeing the animated classic at the Cinedome Theaters, a cinema complex that is exactly as it sounds. Enjoying films projected on massive dome-like screens made action scenes, like Aladdin's escape from the Cave of Wonders on the magic carpet, all the more visually immersive and spectacularly engrossing. Later, when Robin Williams' Genie poofs from the magic lamp, the \"Friend Like Me\" sequence became an enchanting, hypnotizing feast for the eyes. But fond memories aside, the colorfully charming retelling of the well-known Arabic folktale remains just as terrifically compelling nearly thirty years later, a big part of which is due to Williams in one of the comedian's absolute best and most memorable performances ever. Jafar is also one of Disney's best, delightfully wicked villains, wonderfully matched by the spirited, strong and progressive Princess Jasmine paving the way for a whole new world.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment brings Aladdin (1992) to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Disney Digital Copy. When redeeming said code via RedeemDigitalMovie.com or MoviesAnywhere, users should have access to the 4K digital version in HDR10 with Dolby Atmos on some streaming platforms, and this might change on the official release day. The dual-layered UHD66 disc sits comfortably opposite a Region Free, BD50 disc, which is identical to the 2015 Diamond Edition Blu-ray release. Both are housed inside a black, eco-vortex case with a glossy slipcover. At startup, viewers are taken to a static screen where owners can choose between the start of the movie or look through the menu.
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 31st Disney animated feature film and the fourth produced during the Disney Renaissance, it is based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from the One Thousand and One Nights. The film was produced and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements from a screenplay they co-wrote with the writing team of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Featuring the voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, and Jonathan Freeman, the film follows the titular Aladdin, an Arabian street urchin, who finds a magic lamp containing a genie. With the genie's help, Aladdin disguises himself as a wealthy prince and tries to impress the Sultan in order to win the heart of his free-spirited daughter, Princess Jasmine, as the Sultan's evil vizier Jafar plots to steal the magic lamp for his own uses.
Aladdin was released on November 11, 1992. It received positive reviews from critics (particularly for Williams' performance). It was a commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1992 with an earning of over $504 million in worldwide box office revenue. Upon release, it became the first animated feature to reach the half-billion-dollar mark and was the highest-grossing animated film of all time until it was surpassed by The Lion King (1994).
Musker and Clements created the Genie with Robin Williams in mind; even though Katzenberg suggested actors such as John Candy, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, Williams was approached and eventually accepted the role. Williams came for voice recording sessions during breaks while filming two other films he was starring in at the time, Hook (1991) and Toys (1992). Unusually for an animated film, much of Williams's dialogue was ad-libbed. For some scenes, Williams was given topics and dialogue suggestions, but allowed to improvise his lines. It was estimated that Williams improvised 52 characters. Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for the Genie, then reviewed Williams's recorded dialogue and selected the best gags and lines that his crew would create character animation to match.
A large promotion campaign preceded Aladdin's debut in theaters, with the film's trailer being attached to most Disney VHS releases (including One Hundred and One Dalmatians in April 1992 and Beauty and the Beast in October that year), and numerous tie-ins and licensees being released. Aladdin was released on November 11, 1992 in two theatres (the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles and the City Cinemas 1, 2 and 3rd Avenue in New York City) and grossed $196,664 in its first 5 days. The film expanded to 1,131 theaters on November 25, 1992, grossing $19.2 million for the weekend, finishing second at the US box office, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. It took eight weeks for the film to surpass Beauty and the Beast as the most successful animated Disney film at the domestic box office (surpassed by The Lion King in 1994).
For its eighth week of release, Aladdin collected $15.6 million and reached the number one spot at the box office, beating A Few Good Men. By February 1993, it would go on to surpass Batman Returns to become the highest-grossing 1992 film domestically. In the United States, the film held the top spot for five times weekly and breaks the record for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve with $32.2 million during its 22-week run. Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992, grossing $217 million in the United States and over $504 million worldwide. It was the biggest gross for an animated film until The Lion King two years later, and was the first full-length animated film to gross $200 million in the United States and Canada. Additionally, it was the first film to cross that mark since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
by Bill Chambers Jeffrey Katzenberg may have revived the American animated feature while he was at Disney, but only one of the hits his reign yielded is worth a second viewing. Where 1989's The Little Mermaid and especially 1991's nauseating Beauty and the Beast tried to pass themselves off as Golden Age Disney (1937 (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)-1950 (Cinderella), for argument's sake), before a certain stateliness loosened its grip on the house style, 1992's Aladdin took its cue from Uncle Walt's twilight years, the Sixties, when he was interested in telling--as he geared up to pass the torch, perhaps--mentor stories (The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book) and pop culture had finally caught up with his incongruous predilections for psychedelia and bohemianism. It's a risk to emulate the period considered the birth of the studio's Dark Ages, and Aladdin is the least spurious movie of Disney's renaissance because of it.
A smattering of archival material and a revolting selection of music videos supplement the first platter. The latter falls under Music & More, where \"American Idol\" Clay Aiken blunders through said elided Ashman tune \"Proud of Your Boy\" while Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey butcher \"A Whole New World.\" (Regina Bell & Peabo Bryson's 1992 video for the same is on board as well.) Incredibly, regardless of the fact that the Aiken and Coneheads clips are unsupported by anything resembling production values, each is appended by a behind-the-scenes featurette. Le sigh.
Disney's Aladdin was my favorite animated film growing up, and it remains near the top of my list. I was enthralled when I saw the film in theaters back in 1992, screened my family's VHS copy hundreds of times, bought the soundtrack to blast on my stereo, and played the 1993 videogame for hours on my Sega Genesis console. This is the animated film of my generation; a perfect mix of music, drama, action and comedy, with one gigantically memorable performance from the late Robin Williams. It has been a few years since I watched Aladdin, so I was happy to receive Disney's new 4K Ultra HD release of the film, timed with the home-video release of the recent live-action remake, and give it a spin. The movie definitely holds up, and it is refreshingly rough-and-tumble for a children's movie. While there are certain cultural representations that border on caricature (and certainly were cleaned up for the remake), Aladdin gives its protagonist real danger and a notable villain to overcome. The film is decidedly less sanitized than the animated films of 2019, and likely would not have made it to theaters without some judicious editing in today's market. Most importantly, Aladdin remains as entertaining as ever, and looks fantastic on this new release.
Aladdin is a 1992 animated musical comedy fantasy action-adventure film produced at Walt Disney Feature Animation. It is the 31st animated feature film in the Disney Animated Canon and the fourth entry of the Disney Renaissance. Inspired by the story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, the film is centered on a young \"street rat\" in the kingdom of Agrabah who uses the power of a shape-shifting genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Unbeknownst to them, Jafar, adviser to the Sultan, plots to use the genie to take over the kingdom.
Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Aladdin was released at the peak stretch of the Disney renaissance era, beginning with The Little Mermaid. Released on November 25, 1992, it was the most successful film of 1992 with over $217 million in domestic revenues and $504 million worldwide. The success of the film led Disney to produce two direct-to-video sequels: The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996). Additionally, Disney would produce Aladdin, an animated television series which was set between the two sequels and a series of video games for different platforms in 1993. In 2014, a stage adaptation premiered on Broadway, which would go on to win a Tony Award. In 2019, Walt Disney Pictures released a live-action adaptation of the 1992 film. 59ce067264