Aladdin: According to Video Business, on October 5th, 2004, Disney will set free Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie after 10 years locked in the vault. The Platinum Edition DVD will pack 2 discs and will carry a "suggested" retail price of $29.99.
After spending the past 10 years locked in a Disney bottle, Aladdin (and Genie) will become part of a whole new home video world on Oct. 5 when the Disney animated hit makes its debut on DVD.
Aladdin continues to rank among the Top 10 videos of all time based on the 25 million VHS copies sold 10 years ago. The DVD release should move the title into second place overall, behind the 41 million DVD and VHS units purchased of The Lion King.
Interviews have yet to be recorded for bonus features, but the studio is hoping Williams will be involved in the extras. Among the voice impersonations Williams provided that were not used in the movie were W.C. Fields, President George Bush Sr., John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone and George C. Scott as Patton.
The 1992 film, which has been off the market entirely for 10 years, has been newly restored for its inaugural digital presentation and 5.1 surround sound and enhanced home theater sound mix. To accommodate the sharper DVD image quality, more than 20% of the original artwork has been enhanced, with some characters redrawn to add more facial detail, and background colors in many scenes touched up for color and for detail. Stars in the sky presented perhaps the biggest challenge, with a total of 92 star scenes reworked to be more believable on the TV screen.
Among the bonus features is a deleted song called "Proud of Your Boy" by Oscar-winning songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken set to newly produced animation, and two audio commentaries.
Interactivities include a virtual carpet ride; a 3-D tour of the Genie's lamp; games; an option for pop-up trivia presented during the film; musical postcards; sing-along songs; and a new music video of "A Whole New World" by Disney Channel stars.
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