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Walt Disney Signature Edition

                                     review by Bobby Blakey


Disney has become well known for their famed vault of films and where they used to release the diamond editions on Blu-ray that then have shifted to The Walt Disney Signature Collection Editions. The latest getting this treatment is the 1992 animated Aladdin coinciding with the release of the live action feature, but does it still have the same magic as when it was originally released?

Aladdin follows a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

I must be honest I am not a big fan of this film or the live action but instead of just attacking what I don’t like I am going to focus on what I do enjoy. This film has its fans and my opinion is going to change it nor should it, but guide you on why you might need this new version in your collection. Like most I love Robin Williams in this movie and is by far the only part of the film that brings me back to it from time to time. It is a timeless fun performance that will no doubt entertain for years to come as it already has. Like most Disney films the animation is flawless, filled with vibrant visuals and great character designs that while got stuck with the repeated look from the Disney “Princess” era still manages to stand out with an epic scope.

The movie obviously still offers up everything that make the hardcore fans love it, but it’s the bonus content that helps the new release worth it all complete with classic and never before seen bonus features including an alternate ending, outtakes, numerous featurettes taking you behind the wishes that brought this film to life. Jump on your magic carpet and grab your copy of Aladdin: Walt Disney Signature Edition available now on Digital and Movies Anywhere as well as 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Disney.

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