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Aladdin (blu-ray review US release): fantastic video and Oscar-winning audio with great dynamics; Robin Williams is true Genius!
on October 20, 2015
“Aladdin” finally arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer was stunning with vivid and vibrant colours that pop. Black levels are deep and inky. There is tremendous crisp details, from the crisp line art to every last tiny texture or touch in the background, the patterns on the flying carpet, the riches of the Cave of Wonders, or the splendor of the palace. There are minor hints of banding, but not distracting. (4.5/5)
“Aladdin” arrives in North America with DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, which was an improvement to the Holland import with only 5.1 mix in 2013. The added channels create an engulfing feeling, especially during the musical numbers. Genie's "Friend Like Me" booms from every channel as the camera pans and rolls around the scene. Dialogue is clean, intelligible and smartly prioritized. Dynamics are excellent. This is an exciting and immersive soundtrack. (5/5)
Referring to Disney's North American blu-ray release of “Aladdin” as "highly anticipated" or "long awaited" would be a gross understatement. It was fun in watching Robin Williams bringing the Genie to life with the kind of madcap flare that only he can provide. Also, the choice of voices is outstanding: Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Linda Larkin (Jasmine) and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar). There are also many memorable songs, like “A Whole New World” (which won Oscar for Best Original Song by Alan Menken (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) plus Oscar for Best Original Score for Alan Menken. There are two versions of “A Whole New World”: within the movie sung by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane, plus the pop version during the end credits by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson (Billboard Hot 100 #1(1)/1992). Great movie. (5/5)
“Aladdin” is simply magical on high definition. It will make your heart race and your spirit soar. Both the video and especially the audio are outstanding with many great songs and lovely music. There are also new extras about Robin Williams as the Genie, a true tribute to the enchanting talent of Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie.” This set is highly recommended to all.