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Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Cast: Ron Clements, John Musker, Brad Kane, Scott Weinger


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One of the films that reestablished the Disney animation studio as a force to be reckoned with, Aladdin has been afforded a lavish presentation for this special DVD edition. It's been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The THX-approved audio has beenSee more details below


One of the films that reestablished the Disney animation studio as a force to be reckoned with, Aladdin has been afforded a lavish presentation for this special DVD edition. It's been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The THX-approved audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; in addition to the original English-language soundtrack and dubbed versions in French and Spanish, an second English soundtrack has been mixed that is specially enhanced for playback on home-theater systems. Optional English-language subtitles are also included. A wealth of bonus features have been added to this release, including four songs written for the film that weren't included in the original version; one, "Proud of Your Boy," also appears in a new music video created for this set sung by Clay Aiken, while the classic " A Whole New World" also gets a new video starring Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Making-of documentaries on the new videos also appear. Two deleted scenes from the film have also been restored, and a series of "pop-up" trivia facts can be accessed for onscreen play during the movie. Two commentary tracks were recorded for this release, one featuring the film's creative team and the other featuring the principle animators. Short features on the making of the film, songwriter Alan Menken, and the art created for the movie are also on board, as well as the original trailer and promotional artwork. Trailers for a handful of other Disney releases round out the package, and five games created for this set add the final trimmings to a outstanding presentation of an outstanding film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
DVD is a whole new world for Aladdin, which soars to dazzling new heights in this magical two-disc set. Out of circulation for nearly a decade, this story of the street urchin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine has topped many a Disney buff's wish list, and this special edition doesn't disappoint. This first-ever digital presentation offers eye-and ear-popping picture and sound. As the song says, hold your breath, it gets better. The second disc contains nearly two hours of entertaining and illuminating segments that take viewers behind the scenes of a tumultuous production that became a contemporary Disney classic. Among the highlights: clips of the test animation that convinced Robin Williams to sign on as the voice of Genie; memories of "Black Friday," when the project seemed doomed after a poorly received early screening; and hilarious green-room interviews with the reunited filmmakers and cast members (but not Williams, unfortunately) conducted by Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of hench-parrot Iago. Other gems include deleted scenes -- rendered here in storyboards -- and, for the kids, two music videos: "A Whole New World" performed by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and the deleted song "Proud of Your Boy," performed by Clay Aiken. Aladdin was a rollicking departure from the fairy-tale romance of Beauty and the Beast, with a hip sense of humor unprecedented in a Disney animated film. With its timeless Arabian Nights adventure, wondrous animation (the awesome Flying Carpet), and Williams's tour-de-force performance, Aladdin is truly one for the ages. Make way!
All Movie Guide
It is easy to forget the moribund state of feature-length animation before the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid. Beauty and the Beast kept the revival going and, with Aladdin, Disney proved that the animated film's resurgence was no fluke. Composer and lyricist Alan Menken rubbed his magic lamp once again to produce a toe-tapping (and Oscar-winning) score, including the radio-friendly "A Whole New World." But if any one person can be credited with Aladdin's success, it is Robin Williams. With one-liners galore and imitations of everyone from William F. Buckley to Arsenio Hall, Williams' manic (what else?) genie is a comic whirlwind with an animated body that can keep up with the real thing's boundless energy. Not every joke in Aladdin hits, but more than a few adults were surprised to find themselves laughing harder than the little ones they brought in tow. The film falls a little short of the high mark set by its two predecessors, as its plotting and lead characters are somewhat more conventional. And not all viewers felt that Disney's foray into ethnic diversity was without stereotyping. But overall, Aladdin once again proved the Disney magic for creating an animated film worth watching with or without the kids.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Film digitally restored and remastered with new 5.1 Disney enhanced home theater mix; filmmakers' audio commentary; animators' audio commentary; "The Art of Aladdin"; "Alan Menken: Musical Renaissance Man"; pop-up fun-fact "trivia mode" playback feature; sing-along to "Friend Like Me," "A Whole New World," and "Prince Ali," as the words pop up on screen; deleted song "Proud of Your Boy," by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, performed by Clay Aiken -- both to the original storyboards and in an all-new music video; "A Whole New World" music video performed by Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson; "A Diamond in the Rough: The Making Aladdin" documentary; deleted scenes; "3 Wishes" game; "Disney's Virtual DVD Ride: i>Aladdin's Magic Carpet Adventure; "Inside the Genie's Lamp" 3-D tour; "Genie World Tour"; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; presented in original aspect ratio (1.66:1), enhanced for 16x9 televisions; THX-certified, including THX optimizer; French- and Spanish-language tracks.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Kane Aladdin Singing
Scott Weinger Aladdin
Robin Williams Genie
Linda Larkin Jasmine
Lea Salonga Singing Jasmine
John Freeman Jafar
Frank Welker Abu
Gilbert Gottfried Iago
Douglas Seale Sultan
Charlie Adler Voice Only
Jack Angel Voice Only
Corey Burton Voice Only
Philip L. Clarke Voice Only
Jim Cummings Razoul
Jennifer Darling Voice Only
Jerry Houser Voice Only
Vera Lockwood Voice Only
Sherry Lynn Voice Only
Mickie T. McGowan Voice Only
Patrick Pinney Voice Only
Philip Proctor Voice Only
Albert Tavares Voice Only

Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Musker Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kathy Altieri Animator
Howard Ashman Songwriter
Rasoul Azadani Animator
Alice Dewey Production Designer
Ted Elliott Screenwriter
Donald W. Ernst Co-producer
Steve Goldberg Animator
Ed Gombert Animator
David J. Hudson Sound/Sound Designer
Doc Kane Sound/Sound Designer
Vera Lanpher Animator
Alan Menken Score Composer
Mel Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Don Paul Animator
Bill Perkins Art Director
H. Lee Peterson Editor
Terry Porter Sound/Sound Designer
Pres Romanillos Animator
Terry Rossio Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening Credits/"Arabian Nights" [:14]
2. It Begins on a Dark Night [1:19]
3. Aladdin on the Run/"One Jump Ahead" [1:14]
4. Princess Jasmine [3:41]
5. Jasmine Runs Away [:45]
6. Jafar Discovers His Diamond in the Rough [2:14]
7. Jasmine Confronts Jafar [2:50]
8. Aladdin at the Cave of Wonders [3:59]
9. A Narrow Escape [3:01]
10. Trapped! [4:11]
11. "Friend Like Me" [3:48]
12. The Sultan Upbraids Jafar [3:45]
13. Aladdin Contemplates His Three Wishes [3:30]
14. Jafar's Solution to the Problem [2:24]
15. "Prince Ali" [2:27]
16. Prince Ali Appears on Jasmine's Balcony [1:25]
17. A Ride on a Magic Carpet/"A Whole New World" [2:19]
18. Aladdin Almost Drowns [3:44]
19. Aladdin's Dilemma [1:23]
20. A Royal Announcement [2:52]
21. The Genie's New Master [3:48]
22. Jafar in Power [2:14]
23. Jafar the Snake [:18]
24. Back to Normal [2:39]
25. End Credits/"A Whole New World" [2:28]

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