Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is Shining on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD

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Aladding (Scott Weigner) and Jasmine (Linda Larkin) create magic.

Aladding (Scott Weigner) and Jasmine (Linda Larkin) create magic.

It’s hard to believe that 23 years ago Disney brought forth one of the best animated features in the history of the genre. A feature that really shouldn’t have worked. It was the end of the Lebanese Civil War, the first Iraq War wasn’t close to be a distant memory and here, a story from 1001 Arabian Nights, without bias, prejudice, and minimal stereotyping, Aladdin hit the big screen and became a global phenomenon.

It was no small feat as Robin Williams took on the role of the Genie and Alan Menken’s Academy Award Winning song, “A Whole New World,” it was a whole new world for a whole new generation of animation fans. The stars aligned as Scott Weigner, who was a reoccurring character on Full House and character actress Linda Larkin became Aladdin and Jasmine.

Re-watching this high definition version was nothing short tearful as Williams is immortalized through Genie and even though you’re supposed to forget it’s a voice over, you can’t help but see his face every time Genie speaks. A war on social classes, the desire to be upwardly mobile and that love knows no socio-economic differences, Aladdin is still one of the all time best Disney animated features.

The Blu-Ray specials are also tearful as tribute to Robin Williams will force you to go through a box of tissues. However, it’s not just a memorial; there are hidden jems…a diamond in the rough, shall we say with various secrets explored by Disney Channel’s Joey Bragg in the featurette, Unboxing Aladdin.

The featurette for the Aladdin Broadway musical and even Disney’s selected songs and videos will bring forth a new generation of fans of this classic.

Aladdin Diamond Edition is on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD today.

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