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Classic and new 'Aladdin' films take magic carpet to home video

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 09:07:54-04

Here are this week's hottest home video releases. Find them on disc, or streaming services such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play.


The animated classic boasts one of Robin Williams' most memorable performances, even though he doesn't show up on camera. Bolstered by a captivating Alan Menken soundtrack, the timeless tale follows the exploits of street hustler Aladdin (Scott Weinger) as he befriends Genie (Williams) in an effort to win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin). The Signature Collection mark's the film's first appearance on Ultra HD, and rounds up a Cave of Wonders-like slate of extras, including a fresh interview with Einger, a sing-along edition of the film, cast interviews, alternate endings and a slew of making-of featurettes.

ALADDIN (2019)

The Disney live-action remakes have been all over the map, and the "Aladdin" rehash falls in the lower echelon of the group. The lackluster results aren't the fault of Will Smith, who ably and energetically takes over the mantle as Genie from the departed Williams. Naomi Scott, as Jasmine, and Nasim Pedrad as her lady in waiting also conjure some fantastic chemistry. Mena Massoud, however, is lackluster in the lead role, and oddball effects and shot choices from director Guy Ritchie distract from the story. At least the music remains intact. For my full review, click here. Extras include six deleted scenes, bloopers, music videos and scene breakdowns.


Keanu Reeves continues his re-emergence as one of Hollywood's most dynamic forces with this threequel, which is the best in the series to date. The retired assassin continues his breakneck saga of nonstop fisticuffs and espionage, with excellent action set pieces chained together throughout a gripping story. A For my full review, click here. Extras include a slew of making-of featurettes, as well as a look at the related video game "John Wick Hex."


Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson take over for Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones to restart the long-dormant sci-fi comedy franchise. In the new adventure, the two loner agents are forced to team up in order to stomp out a galactic threat. Poor CGI and lame jokes slow the film down, but invigorating action set pieces keep things exciting. For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a galaxy of background featurettes.

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