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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Universal, suitable for all / Director: John Musker / Actors: Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman ... / DVD released 2008-07-07 at Disney / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      31.10.2013 09:30
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      A great Disney film

      When my son was christened a lot of people asked me what they could buy for him and rather than say money or some kind of collectable which would no doubt just sit in my display unit collecting dust I asked some people to buy him classic Disney DVDs. It may seem a strange request but I liked the idea that my son would have a good collection of classic Disney movies which would hopefully last him many years technology allowing as I think these films are just as good for adults as they are children! Aladdin was one of the films he received and this is my review of it.

      Aladdin comes in a standard looking DVD box which has a picture of the main characters in the film including Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the genie and the bad guy Jafar. The Walt Disney logo is clear on the front of the box too and we are told that this Disney DVD carries a Universal rating making it suitable viewing for all.

      Aladdin is a poor young man. He lives on the streets of an enchanting city with his pet monkey Abu and is generally regarded by those policing the streets as a street rat. Despite peoples perceptions Aladdin has a very kind heart and when he sees young children with no food gives his own to him despite knowing that he will now go hungry. Regularly Aladdin sees rich suiters arrive in the city with the hope of marrying the beautiful Princess Jasmine but Jasmine has other ideas about the way love should work and one day runs off in to the city and ends up in trouble with the guards of the city who perceive her to have stolen something not realising she is the Princess. Aladdin jumps to her defence and gets her away from the guards and they share a wonderful moment where it is clear they are both really attracted to one another. Aladdin does not know she is the Princess either and so the attraction is true and nothing to do with wealth or what not. When Jasmine returns to the Palace she thinks a lot about the man she met that day whilst Aladdin does the same but he does realise she is the Princess and so when Aladdin comes across a magic lamp with a genie inside he uses his wishes to be transformed in to someone he feels the Princess would like more. The story unfolds with lots of magic, drama and wonder which is in my mind a perfect Disney experience.

      I love the romance and feel good factor that comes with watching this movie. One of my favourite scenes is when Aladdin, who is posing as Prince Ali at that point comes to take Princess Jasmine for a ride on the magic carpet. As they go around the city taking in the wonderful sights Jasmine sees that there is more to Prince Ali, and something familiar, and it is lovely watching this unfold. It is quite a magical scene but it is accompanied with the song "a whole new world" as well which I adore and so it makes it seem even more magical for me to be honest. I like how the message in this film is that true love will come up trumps every time and I know it is quite cliche but we are talking about a Disney movie which generally are about the happy ever after! It is nice to see Aladdin develop to realise that he just needs to be who he is and that is enough.

      The villain in this film is Jafar who is a powerful sorceror and he wishes for Jasmines hand in marriage simply because of the power it would afford him as Sultan. He is very convincing as the bad guy with his tall body and quite angular features. I also think the addition of his winding little beard makes him look more of a bad guy some how! He is suitably imposing in his scenes and appears so much bigger and more powerful than Aladdin so you wonder how Aladdin can take him on but as this is Disney we all know wonderful things can happen!

      The animation is absolutely wonderful as you would expect from Disney. I love how the characters are beautiful looking and almost look a little alike so they look perfect together as a couple! The film is so vibrant and colourful that it really keeps your attention too but there is always lots going on in the film. The genie in particular is an example of wonderful Disney animation in my opinion as he is so grand yet cheeky and fun looking. I love how he changes at the drop of a hat in to whatever suits him or what he is saying and he is certainly my favourite character in this film.

      As with many Disney animations there are plenty of songs to accompany the action in the film and I do think the soundtrack is a good one in Aladdin. My favourite song is a whole new world without a doubt but one jump ahead and a friend like me are also really good! The songs are catchy and really compliment the things going on on screen.

      I think Aladdin is a wonderful family film. It runs for about 87 minutes so it isn't too long and little ones aren't likely to get bored before the end in my opinion. My son used to love watching this when he was smaller because whilst there are Princesses in the film there are plenty of fights, battles and action within it too! We haven't watched it for a while because he tends to favour other films recently but I know it will be watched again because it really is a classic. The two disc special edition we have is selling for £19.99 on amazon but you can get another musical masterpiece version for £13.00 which is a fair price I feel but on the run up to Christmas many places offer a two for one promotion on Disney DVD's so this one may well be included.

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        31.05.2010 21:15
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        A DVD that's so great that the resale value is similar to the new price.

        Disney's Aladdin is a film that the whole family will enjoy. You've got slaps stick humour which will keep the kids entertained paired with slightly more complex humour for the adults to enjoy too.

        Cost and Availability.

        Aladdin on DVD generally costs between 10 and 15 pounds and is available widely. The second hand value is about 10 pounds so it does keep its value.

        The Film

        The film is adapted from the traditional tale of Aladdin, with some embellishments and extra embroidery as you would expect from Disney. It's a musical adaptation with pizzazz and comedy sprinkled throughout. Robin Williams, playing the genie, adds to the enjoyment immensely. The musical numbers will have you all singing along in no time.

        The plot is basically, street urchin, Aladdin, dreams of a better life, so when he's offered the chance of riches by the scheming Jafar he grabs it with both hands. Aladdin is lured to a "cave of wonders" where he finds a magic lamp, realizing that Jafar is planning to kill him he keeps the magic lamp and gets trapped in the cave. Rubbing the lamp to clean it he releases the Genie resulting in an adventure beyond his wildest dreams...

        Conclusion

        The fact is that this is a fantastically entertaining film which will keep everyone amused a perfect DVD to watch for a family night in.

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        05.05.2010 01:52
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        From Rags To Riches

        Aladdin (DVD)

        When I was younger I could watch this film over and over, I watched it that much that my video of it had to be replaced as it was wearing out and the quality wasn't as good. I am so glad that there are DVD's now, although I have kept the video aswell - just in case!

        Street Rat Aladdin and his best friend pet monkey Abu dress in rags and live in a ruin in Agrabah with a beautiful view. Stealing food from market stalls to get by each day, Aladdin is always wishing for something more.
        Princess Jasmine lives in the castle of Aladdins beautiful view and would give anything to be where Aladdin is for she has never been out of the castle walls and only has her pet tiger Raja for company. If her father gets his way she will also have a husband to keep her company soon as it is the law that she is married by her next birthday - whether she wants to be or not!
        Princess Jasmine decides to see just what is on the other side of the castles walls and in disguise heads off alone and visits the market. There she meets a little girl who is staving and hands her an apple off the nearest store, not reaising that you have to pay and is chased by angry guards ready to cut off her hands.
        Running into Aladdin he manages to persuade them that she is his sister and is also a bit crazy. Returning to Aladdins "home" they are greeted by guards there to arrest Aladdin. Jasmine slips off her head dress and reveals to all who she really is and commands them to release him, but they can't - they have had their orders from Jafar, an evil sorcerer who wants Aladdin to retrieve a magical lamp from the cave of wonders to turn him into the most powerful sorcerer of all time.
        Aladdin retrieves the lamp and accidentlly gives it a rub.....out pops a genie and informs Aladdin that he has three wishes, will this change his life forever...............................

        My favourite character of this whole film has got to be Genie, he has a brilliant manner and amazingly witty attitude.
        My favourite song of the film is modt definetly Aladdin and Jasmines duet, A Whole New World, I could sing along to this non-stop, it has brilliant vocals and is really catchy
        This film is jam packed with excitement, music and brilliant characters, a must watch for adults and children aike, you will be captivated from start to finish.
        Well Done Disney!

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        12.03.2010 09:35
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        love this film!

        A commoner named Aladdin and his friend Abu (a monkey) live in an enchanting city. There they have no money and have to steal what they can to get by. They live in a run down building with rags as curtains, but behind those rags there is a beautiful view of the castle and its there his destiny awaits him.

        Princess Jasmine lives in the castle she is a free spirit and feels so trapped unable to go out and explore what's beyond the walls of the castle.
        On top of that her father is trying to get her to marry a prince as it's the law for her to be married before her next birthday. But Jasmine wants to marry for love not law.
        Her only friend is Raja the tiger and she feels so alone.

        She decides to run away to see the place beyond the wall of the castle and that's when she meets Aladdin and the magical adventure begins!

        They are chased by guards and they both think they are in trouble but little do they know it's the doing Jaffa the evil sorcerers , he wants Aladdin to get him a magical lamp from the cave of wonders. The guards capture Aladdin and Jasmine reveals who she really is to try and free Aladdin but they have higher orders.
        Aladdin is then thrown into the dungeons and Jasmine is told that he has been killed.

        Jaffa goes on to trick Aladdin and takes him to the cave of wonders to retrieve the magical lamp but its doesn't go to plan and Aladdin and Abu are trapped in a magical cave with a dirty old lamp.
        Aladdin starts to clean the lamp and then a big genie appears and claims that Aladdin has three wishes, which takes him on an incredible journey to save the Princess and discover a whole new world.

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          20.02.2010 10:34
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          Classic Disney Film

          Aladdin is a magic story made by Disney, it was released in the UK in 1992 and was written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

          The story is set in the middle-east and is about a street rat, Aladdin. Aladdin's best friend is Abu, a cheeky monkey. In the beginning of the film we see Aladdin and Abu steeling form the market place as they have no money for food, it is the only way tp survive. He then see's a beautiful woman in the market place, a woman he has never seen before, when she goes to hand a starving child and apple, which she hasn't paid for, the owner threatens to cut off her hand but Aladdin saves her, explaining that she is crazy etc. They go back to the place where Aladdin sleeps but all of a sudden the advisor to the sultans guards turn up to arrest Aladdin, the girl then revels herself as Jasmine, the princess and orders the men to release Aladdin but they explain that their orders have come form evil Jafar.

          Jafar wants to be sultan, he finds an ancient golden scarab and when the pieces are put together the "cave of wonders" appears. The cave of wonders is full of beautiful jewels, gold and gems but most importantly the cave of wonders hold a lamp, a very special lamp, which when rubbed makes a genie appear. Jafar needs this lamp in order to become sultan but only one can enter the cave, the diamond in the ruff.... Aladdin, which is why he has been arrested.

          Jafar gets his wish and Aladdin enters the cave of wonders, they are told not to touch anything but the lamp, but when a giant Ruby catches Abu's eye he grabs it and it becomes a race against time to get out of the cave.

          We then go on a marvellous adventure with Aladdin, Abu, Carpet and Genie.

          Aladdin is a lovely children's film with lively music for your children to sing along too. The film is packed with humour, romance and suspense.

          The cast includes -

          Scott Weinger as Aladdin
          Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine
          Robin Williams as Genie
          Jonathan Freeman as Jafar
          Douglas Seale as The Sultan
          Gilbert Gottfried as Iago
          Frank Welker as Abu

          My son loved this film and it was one of my favourites as a child too. What would a good children's story be without a baddy? Jafar is the perfect bad guy who gets an unusual and unexpected punishment. This film will leave loads to your child's imagination and is in my opinion a timeless classic.

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            31.01.2010 20:47
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            Disney's 1992 animation about a street urchin who falls for a Princess

            There is something magical about the 2D animation that Disney presented to us in the 80s and the 90s. Don't get me wrong, the previous animation (remastered or not) and the subsequent developments such as the collaboration with Pixar, and 3D animation and CGI are all very good, too, but there is something great about the fun, no frills, enjoyable cartoon films of this short era.

            1992's Aladdin is one such bubble of joy, giving us a love story, an evil sorceror and a magical genie who will have you laughing out loud. Set in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, it features a young street urchin and a princess who fall in love but who can never be together as she is destined to marry a prince. Enter the evil sorceror, Jafar, who wants the mysterious lamp containing a genie who will grant three wishes to whoever rubs the lamp and frees him. Jafar wants to rule the world. However, when Aladdin rubs the lamp, he finds himself in control of the genie's powers instead.......

            It's a great tale, and one that has kept me entertained every time I have watched it. Today, I watched it again, this time with my son as it was on TV. He is 6, and he loved it, too. There are some moments with some threatening and potentially scary characters due to the sorcery and magic of the genie, but ultimately, it's a bit of an action romcom, and one to juist enjoy.

            Robin Williams is the best known voice, lending his extreme vocal talents to the character of the genie, and I found him hilarious. I still think this is the best comedic Disney character, and it is due in no small part to the versatility of Williams' vocal chords. He is definitely the funniest character, but is nearly usurped by Aladdin's sidekick, Abu the monkey, and Jafar's parrot Iago. The two of them are very funny, although Abu has the facial impressions without being able to talk, and Iago, as the parrot, nearly matches the genie for one liners.

            The animation itself is very colourful, almost over the top at times. Some of the flamboyant and psychdelic moments reminded me a little bit of the earlier Disney films, particularly Dumbo, and the colours are very vibrant throughout, the use of shading also effective in the darker and more ominous scenes, and bright in the more upbeat scenes. I think I prefer this type of animation to any other, whether it be CGI or earlier cartoons. The 2D stuff that Disney can knock out if brilliant, and I'm looking forward to seeing a return to it in The Princess and The Frog, their latest one to come out that's being advertised everywhere!

            It's a really entertaining Disney film, and one that deserves its place near the top of the pile. Their films always please me, and I can't remember having seen a bad feature film Disney animation. Aladdin has a great score as well, with 'A Whole New World' as its main tune being very memorable, as is 'Prince Ali' and 'Arabian Nights'. It's everything about the film that combines to make it so watchable, and I could honestly be happy with watching it over and over again. For me, this is the mark of a good Disney film, the fact that you could watch and watch and never get bored.

            Aladdin is currently available for around the £8 mark from amazon.co.uk. Disney are notorious for releasing a certain number of DVDs only before waiting a few years and then releasing some sort of special edition. As a result, the prices do tend to be a bit higher as they are harder to get hold of. Recommended

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              One of the best animated Disney films, Aladdin should not be missed!

              --PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88."--

              When I think back to Disney in the late eighties and early nineties, I think of it as the "golden age" of animation for the company. The animation was often beautiful, the songs were memorable, catchy and clever, and Disney really won me over with their efforts. Aladdin was one of these that fell into that catagory. The catagory of Disney films that were worth watching, the films that were worthy of all recoginition and awards.

              Released in 1992, Aladdin was Disney's 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Classics collection. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, with composers Alan Menken and Tim Rice providing the films memorable songs and film score.

              The story of Aladdin comes from an old Arab folktale "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" from the One Thousand and One Nights collection of stories. Disney's version follows Aladdin (Scott Weinger), a streetwise "streetrat" who gets by by stealing from stall vendors and escaping the Palace guards with his furry sidekick, the adorable Abu. The Sultan of Agrabah's Grand Vizier, Jafar, (voiced by Jonathan Freeman) accompanied by his chatty parrot Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), is secretly trying to access The Cave of Wonders; a mysterious cave situated deep in the Arabian desert, in order to recieve a magical lamp containing a Genie (Robin Williams) from inside of it. Unfortunately for Jafar, the cave refuses to budge, and will only open for the "diamond in the rough."

              Whilst Jafar tries to seek out his "diamond in the rough", the Sultan's (Douglas Seale) daughter, Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin), is frustrated that others are ruling her life for her. When she is informed that she must marry before her next birthday, the Princess escapes from the palace and mingles into Agrabahs marketplace, where she ends up bumping into Aladdin and his monkey, Abu. Whilst friendship and romance blossoms between the pair, Jafar has devised a machine that will point him in the direction of the "diamond in the rough", who just happens to be Aladdin. Jafar orders Aladdin to be locked up, and informs the Princess that Aladdin has been executed. From here, Jafar uses his magic to turn himself into an old prisoner, and informs Aladdin that he can be set free if he was to assist him in the Cave of Wonders.

              Aladdin duly accepts, and the pair arrive at the Cave of Wonders. Sure enough, Aladdin is allowed in, and goes in search for the lamp for the "old man". In here they stumble across a beautiful looking carpet, who, after years of being alone, appreciates the company and follows the pair on their quest. But nothing goes that smoothly. Aladdin's monkey Abu happens to have a habit of getting himself into trouble due to his inability to say no to forbidden things. When Abu touches forbidden treasure, the Cave of Wonders suddenly goes into a meltdown, and Aladdin, Abu and it is now a race against time to get the lamp back to the supposidely old man in time. They make it back, and the disguised Jafar tries to take the lamp, but the cunning Abu attacks him, making him lose his grip. Aladdin, the carpet, Abu and the lamp fall back into the Cave of Wonders, thus knocking Aladdin unconcious on impact.

              Upon waking up, Aladdin realises they are now trapped underground. Intrigued to why Jafar wanted the lamp so much, Aladdin rubs it, which releases the Genie from inside. The Genie tells Aladdin that he is to be granted three wishes of his choice, and so with his first, Aladdin wishes to be freed from the Cave of Wonders. The Genie grants his first wish, and the foursome erupt from the Cave of Wonders, and speed back to Agrabah town.

              Due to being a street-urchin, Aladdin knows he cannot be deemed a Prince, and so his second wish to the Genie is to to become alter ego Prince Ali, in order to win the heart and hand of the Princess Jasmine. However, Jafar soon realises that this is no Prince, this is in fact the the "diamond in the rough" who had stolen the lamp from him. With this fact in mind, Jafar plots to take his revenge on Aladdin trapping the Sultan and Princess Jasmine, declaring himself Sultan, and then stealing the lamp to make the Genie grant his own three wishes, including to be the "most powerful Genie of all time." Aladdin knows it is a race against time now to save not only the Sultan and his beloved Princess, but the fate of Agrabah itself. With the help of the Genie, his pet monkey Abu and faithful magic carpet, will Aladdin manage to stop Jafar's evil plans from occurring?

              Disney's Aladdin truly is a masterpiece. The animation is some of the most beautiful animation I have seen in a film, and it is evident that a lot of heart and soul have been put into it's making. What makes this film even better is the voice acting by Robin Williams as the eccentric Genie. The scenes with the Genie are littered with many one liners, and references to pop culture, films and actors that you will probably recognise more when you are watching it as an adult. He gives the film the crazyness, the best songs "Friend In Me" and "Prince Ali" and most of the humour comes from him also. This is why the sequel "The Return of Jafar" does not work as well, as sadly Robin Williams declined to make a vocal performance as the Genie once again.

              I was only four Aladdin was released, and I recall getting this on video when it was released for home viewing a year later. The animation, the humour, the romance and the excellent songs managed to hold my attention, and something about it stuck with me for many years. I am now 21 and I own all three Aladdin films, but it is, and always will be, the first one that I fell in love with. Aladdin still manages to hold up after all these years, and nothing about it looks particuarly dated.

              This 2-disc version of Aladdin is available for the standard Disney Classics price range of £7.99 in most places, although the cheapest I have seen it is at Amazon.co.uk for £6.98. The extra features range from DVD games which are mainly aimed at children, and require the use of a DVD remote, to documentaries, music videos and film trivia. There is an Aladdin Trilogy boxset available which I advise you getting instead if you are a massive fan of Aladdin. As well as the original film, it includes the straight to video/DVD sequels "The Return of Jafar" and "Aladdin and the King of Thieves".

              Aladdin is one of the best Disney animated features of all time, which has won countless awards, for it's music in particular. It is a film that audiences of all ages will enjoy, and should therefore not be missed. If you are looking for a light-hearted, comedy littered, action filled animation, then Aladdin is for you.

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                13.09.2009 13:51
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                A heart warming film of finding who you are

                Aladdin is one of my all time favourite animated films in the whole world! If you haven't seen it then i really suggest you do, you're really missing out! Made in 1992 and being 87 minutes long, this is a fantastic Walt Disney film, with memorable characters and amazing songs, which i have to say i do know all the words too! I had this on video and sadly wore it out and have just recently got it on dvd, so if it is ever possible to wear out a dvd i will do it with this film! The characters are; Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger), Genie (voiced by Robin Williams), Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin), Jafar (voiced by Jonathan Freeman), Abu (voiced by Frank Welker), Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) and the Sultan (voiced by Douglas Seale).

                This fantastic fairy tale adventure sees Aladdin, a lonely street urchin and his best friend Abu, a monkey, together they keep themselves alive by stealing food in the market and trying not to get caught. One day in the market Aladdin meets the beautiful Princess Jasmine, who has run away from the palace, as her father is trying to marry her off to a stranger. They both get caught, however, Aladdin is put in prison and meets Jafar, a horrible character and he tricks him. Aladdin finds a magic lamp and this is where his life changes. Genie is a hillarious character who is lots of fun and he helps Aladdin become someone. He grants him three wishes and this begins a series of funny and thrilling events. He also meets the magic carpet, which is a great part of the film and a fun idea!. But what will happen between Jasmine and Aladdin, as they love each other but it may be impossible to be together....

                Take this journey of fun and adventure and discover a 'whole new wold' with amazing songs, characters, colours and a fab story line.

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                A great family film!

                I have spent the last week in bed with tonsillitis, after exhausting all my rentals from Love Film (please see review) I decided to start on the old video's in the cupboard. You know the ones that have sat there for years, unwatched since the introduction of DVD's and yet they just haven't been chucked out.

                Thankfully I brought a cheap video player and this was my life saver during the week, I thought I'd start on the Disney's.
                Aladdin is a Disney film, released in the UK in 1993. I was 8 years old and a Disney fan!

                The Cast
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                Robin Williams is 'Genie'
                Scott Weinger is 'Aladdin'
                Linda Larkin is 'Princess Jasmine'
                Jonathan Freeman is 'Jafar'
                Frank Welker is 'Abu'
                Gilbert Gottfried is 'Iago'

                The Plot
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                Meet Aladdin, a street urchin in the city of Agraba, with his monkey and partner in crime Abu. Although Aladdin isn't a criminal in the typical sense, he does steal to survive.

                Meanwhile Princess Jasmine is holed up in the Castle as her father is Sultan, and looking for a suitor for his daughter. Jasmine escapes for freedom and meets Aladdin, although this is a young story it is also one adult's can relate to. Jasmine ends up forgetting about running away to help Aladdin.

                With every story there is evil or a baddie, and Jafar is just that, the Senior Advisor to the Sultan, he wants to rule Agrba and will try everything with his pet parrot Iago. He wants to find a magic lamp in order to make all his wishes come true. However after recruiting Aladdin he leaves empty handed. Aladdin meanwhile befriends the outrageous Genie and tells him he will give him his last wish in setting him free.

                Will Aladdin set the genie free? Does Jafar rule Agraba? And will Jasmine and Aladdin become the couple we all hope they will.

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                This is a great film, yes it's Disney but it still holds some very important messages. The film is set in an Arabic surrounding and is very informative to those watching about the culture and differences, you can see this when Aladdin steals an apple and the penalty is having his hand chopped off (which he luckily avoids) but still.

                I don't know how much of this I really paid attention to when I first saw this film, although I always knew it was exotic and different from me going out in my local town.

                The story is a typical love story and in true Disney fashion, not too dark, although there are a few moments with Jafar that qualifies as scary towards the younger audience.

                Robin Williams does make this film for me, I am a fan anyway and when I was 8 I wasn't aware as such it was him, although I knew the Genie's voice was familiar and loved what he did with it. The comedy and expressions although scripted I presume, Robin Williams puts his own spin on the whole character who is completely lovable. I wanted him!

                This is an easy film to watch and great for children, I would just say as an adult it isn't as deep as other films and is light hearted. My other half thinks I'm crazy watching these films, but I love them, was brought up on them, and will continue to watch them!

                I love this film and it's one of my favourite Disney films, and it gave us the great song 'A Whole New World' that everybody loves.

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                Adult: 3.5/5
                Children: 5/5

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                  13.08.2009 23:23
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                  family film good investment for kids they'll watch it over and over again!

                  Aladdin is a cheeky young street urchin with a good heart who along with his best friend abu the monkey stands up for what's right as best he can. Far away in the palace Jasmine the Sultan's daughter is bored with life as a Princess and looking for adventure sneaks out to the bazaar . Inevitably she finds trouble whilst helping a little girl get food and Aladdin is ready to come to her aide.

                  Aladdin finds himself in trouble when Jasmines true identity is revealed and Jafar the sultan's chief adviser and sorcerer tricks him into finding the genie lamp .
                  Things don't go to plan for Jafar and Aladdin finds himself the proud owner of the lamp , 3 wishes and a genie ( Williams). The adventures come thick and fast from here on in as Aladdin tries to find different ways to win the princesses heart all going wrong of course . It is not till Aladdin realises that to win the princesses heart he must be true to himself. The highlight of this film is Robin Williams as voice of the genie he is amazing and truly talented plus Aladdin's 2 friends carpet and Abu make the audience laugh throughout.

                  Just wanted to say thanks for the comments on this review i am still learning on day two! I loved the film although it was slightly corny for me . i have also been slightly put off recently now that i have learned that Katie Price and Peter Andre did a cover of the main song in this 'A whole New World' - Oh well let's hope Jasmine and aladdin don't end up like those two!

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                    One of Disney's best films to date

                    I love the film!
                    It is a great film for all ages, one of the middle era of Disney - i.e. not as old as the classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella - but not as new as the Disney Pixar films like Finding Nemo.
                    There are some great songs in it - beautiful love song called 'A whole new world' and the Genie's 'Friend Like Me'.
                    The funniest character has to be the Genie of the lamp, voice by Robbie Williams. A larger than life character who is funny charismatic and a great friend to have around!
                    The story follows Aladdin from rags to riches as he tries to woo Princess Jasmine, and all the adventures that he gets up to on the way!
                    The DVD has been remastered, though I dont think there was anything wrong with the original version that I had on VHS!

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                    10.06.2009 15:31

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                    Fantastic Arabian Night adventure - a must for any Disney fan!

                    Aladdin (1992) is a Disney animated film. It was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements and includes the singing talents of Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, along with Robin Williams as the Genie.

                    The film centres around the folktale of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Set in Agrabah, the story follows Aladdin, a 'street rat' as he finds the magic lamp, is befriended by the Genie who lives within, and falls in love with the local princess, Jasmine.

                    It's a very funny film, in no small part down to the comedic talents of Robin Williams. Anyone who has ever seen Robin Williams performing can see how much energy the man has, and this energy is portrayed perfectly in the Genie.

                    The musical numbers are also fantastic - personal favourites include 'Prince Ali' and 'A Whole New World'.

                    The 2-Disc Special Editon of Aladdin includes such features as a 3D tour inside the Genie's Lamp, deleted scenes and pop up fun facts.

                    It's a must buy for any Disney fan!

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                    31.05.2009 13:01
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                    Great film fun for all the family!

                    Well I am slightly ashamed to admit it, but I do love disney films. Aladdin is one of my favorites, this was around when I was about 10 so i was allowed to watch it back then! However when I fancy a trip down Memory Lane I still really enjoy this film!

                    It came out back in 1992, won quite a few awards for the animation, and also the soundtrack which is really good!

                    The basic plot is a young man, Aladdin, who is a street smart peasent finds himself a magic lamp. When he rubs it, a genie pops out. Genie is voiced by the brilliant Robin Williams who really steals the show! Along the way Aladdin falls for the Sultans daughter Jasmine and there is a love story that develops between these to. And then of course there is the evil Jafar, the Sultan's advisor who is hungry for power, and the lamp! So the film basically follows the struggle between good and evil. Quite a simple plot, but Disney does these kind of films so well!

                    There are plenty of really good comedy moments in this. Jafar has a parrot who talks and is a really good little character. There are also plenty of cheesy moments but this in no way detracts from the film.

                    The DVD itself runs for 87 minutes, you always tend to find animated films are shorter! It's rated U and there is nothing in there to offend anyone really, this is aimed at children! But it does work on two levels and anyone can enjoy it.

                    The DVD has a few features such as a reunion of cast and crew, trailers, and a tribute to the composer. All the usual things you would expect on there.

                    Overall a really good film that everyone should enjoy. Think there are better Disney films but this is certainly up there. If you've not seen it would say your missing out. Give it a go!

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                      21.05.2009 14:48
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                      The adventure of a 'street rat', It was Aladdin's lucky day.......

                      This is probably my favourite animated DVD. I remember watching it at the cinema in 1992. Since then I've owned it on VHS and now DVD. And what a DVD it is, everything just got a whole lot better. The adventure you witness between Aladdin and Abu has been remade on a whole new level. The picture and audio are superb. The main aspect that I loved when I first watched it was the music/songs that were sung. Now they just sound out of this world.

                      Scott Weinger (Aladdin) and Linda Larkin (Princess Jasmine) sound amazing and together are great. Such an enjoyable movie every that I watch it.

                      I think we all know the story. Aladdin is a poor boy who on his travels comes into possession of a magical item. From this point on his whole world changes. The friendship that he makes with Robin Williams' character is not only funny but also sincere. The acting and chemistry heard with other characters such as Jafar is also spot on and makes the characters seem more believable.

                      The animation and colours used in this film is another thing that make this film in my eyes a classic. You know when a film is perfect. The directors Ron Clements and John Musker really did a fantastic job.

                      I watch this with the girlfriend all the time and I always catch her singing along to the songs in the film. Watching it with the family is also a nice experience, especially when the younger children are around. They really enjoy it and even though it isn't as 'cool' as newer films today it offers something that many others don't.

                      This is a movie that should be in everyone's DVD collection. A heart warming adventure story that just gets better and better.

                      5 out of 5.

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                      17.05.2009 23:13

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                      Complete your princess's world and buy this.

                      Aladdin is one of the Disney Princess series. This DVD follows Princess Jasmine as she tries to escape the confines of palace living. Her father is desparate for her to marry whilst Jasmine has other ideas having never been beyond the palace walls. Her father's trusty stead (the evil sourcerer)Jafar is also against marriage fearing loss of power once Jasmine is on the throne.

                      Jasmine meets Aladdin, and his monkey Abu. She unwittingly steals and apples, not realising the need to pay for things in the outside world. Aladdin saves her. However Jafar ultimately captures Aladdin and convinces Jasmine he has been committed to death.

                      Meanwhile Aladdin meets the Genie in the Lamp (aka Robin Williams) and seeks to give him three wishes. Utlimately Aladdin asks to become a Prince believing this to be what he needs in order to win Jasmines hand in marriage.

                      The usual tale follows and good triumphs over evil, with a twist at the end for the Genie.

                      All songs as usual are available on the DVD to listen to separately and in the limted editions a Lyric Book.

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