So I have to admit something, before we went to Disneyland last year, I saw Aladdin once in my entire life! When it was first released in 1992, I was only 5 years old. Recently, after the passing of Robin Williams I decided to work my way through most of the movies he was a part of, which of course meant that Aladdin was brought up since he did the voice of the Genie. It was about time I watched it again, as his portrayal of Genie really was something special.
Aladdin has now been re-released in a Diamond Edition, it’s the first time this has been available on Blue-ray and Digital HD. I love when movies are available this way because it gives lots of options for how you are able to view the film. The Diamond Edition also comes with many bonus features such as how this went from film to the broadway stage, you also get a look at the different “Easter eggs” hidden throughout, and of course my favourite thing… deleted scenes.
Now just in case you do not know what Aladdin is all about here is a little summary for you. Aladdin is a street rat who is going about getting the food he needs to survive by whatever means necessary. One day he meets princess Jasmine, who is dressed in disguise while in the market. Now of course there is a connection there, but someone else has plans that involve the princess. The villain, Jafar, ends up putting Aladdin in jail only to realize he needs him to go into a cave to get a long lost lamp that has been in the cave for thousands of years. Plans do not go as they should, and Aladdin ends up with the lamp instead of Jafar. This lamp has been the home of Genie for a long time, and the Genie grants Aladdin 3 wishes.
I will leave you at that for a summary. It is an adventure filled movie, that does have a few very dramatic parts that younger kids may find frightening. If your children have not seen this movie yet, I would recommend rewatching it to be sure that they will be okay with the movie or if you need to do some scene skipping. If you and your family are Disney fans, you definitely want to add this one to your collection. I really appreciate the quality and the content in the Diamond Editon. I can truly see why this is such a Disney classic.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the film in order to facilitate a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.