It’s that time again! Looking for physical media to augment the wild, ever-expanding world of streaming material? Then you’ve come to the right place my friends. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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For a movie called Aladdin, all of the buzz leading up to the release of Disney’s remake of the classic 1992 animated movie was about the horrifying version of Genie as played by a buff, computer generated, blue Will Smith. Thankfully, Genie wasn’t all that terrifying in the final cut of the movie. Instead, the most offensive effrontery was not having the ambition to do anything more copy and paste the original Aladdin and make it just charming enough to vaguely please everyone to the tune of $1.04 billion.
Watch the Aladdin Honest Trailer below for a more scathing dig into the Disney remake. Read More »
After the success of the remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King this summer, Disney is looking to cash-in even further on the nostalgia of the animated classics by re-releasing the old school video games that were based on them for the SEGA Genesis, Super Nintento and Game Boy. And you’ll be able to play them on all the current generation systems. Read More »
Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin took some creative licenses from the 1992 animated classic, including the addition of a new song, “Speechless,” that will be sure to earn Disney its coveted Best Original Song nomination at the Oscars. But another original song was almost included in the film. Titled “Desert Moon,” this Aladdin deleted song has been released by Disney ahead of Aladdin‘s Digital HD release this week. Listen to “Desert Moon” below.
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Aladdin was another hit live-action remake for Disney, and it looks as if the House of Mouse wants to head back to Agrabah. Dan Lin, the producer of the Guy Ritchie-directed film, recently revealed that an Aladdin sequel is in the early stages over at Disney and that the powers that be are already mulling over ideas on how to bring back the characters for another adventure.
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Before Aladdin was released theaters earlier this year to the tune of $1 billion worldwide, it seemed odd to pair director Guy Ritchie with the remake of the Middle Eastern-set Disney animated classic. But once the star Mena Massoud started crooning the lines to “One Jump Ahead,” it all immediately became clear. The stylish filmmaker, best known for his rapid-fire dialogue and editing combined with artful slow and fast-motion, put all of his techniques on display in the sequence for “One Jump Ahead,” which follows the titular street rat as he and an undercover Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) evade capture through the streets of Agrabah.
/Film has an exclusive Aladdin clip showcasing the techniques in this sequence, ahead of the film’s upcoming Digital and Blu-ray release. Watch the Aladdin clip below.
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Yes, we know it’s still summer. But since Christmas in July is apparently a thing, we figured it couldn’t hurt to round up some of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are debuting this year. Previously, we’ve covered new additions to the ever-growing line of decorations with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar Animation and more, but today we’re focusing on strictly Disney.
Right now, Hallmark has a bunch of new Disney ornaments in the new 2019 collection featuring characters from their classic hand-drawn animated movies like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid, their holiday favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even their new movies like Moana and Zootopia. Check out the new Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019 collection below. Read More »
(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, he discusses the 1992 film Aladdin.)
Walt Disney Animation Studios was riding high at the end of 1991 and into early 1992. The studio had reached a creative height with Beauty and the Beast that seemed impossible just a year earlier. They’d released a film that audiences and critics had adored, and one that had even netted them an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The plan, foisted upon them by executives Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner, to make one film per year was working out even more than the animators could have imagined.
The studio’s next film would be another big hit, even bigger than its predecessors. And just like Beauty and the Beast, it was amazing that Aladdin got finished at all.
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Meanwhile, on the indie side of things, A24’s release of the cult horror movie Midsommar debuted with the biggest indie opening of the year despite arriving outside of the top five on the box office chart. Read More »
Surprising absolutely no one, Disney and Pixar were able to hold onto the top of the box office for a second weekend with Toy Story 4. The movie is still performing below expectations, but it’s not as if the movie is hurting for money.
Meanwhile, Disney and Marvel Studios also aren’t upset with the box office performance of Avengers: Endgame, which was re-released in theaters with some bonus footage after the credits this past weekend. Unfortunately, the last ditch effort to rake in some extra cash won’t be enough for the movie to topple the all-time record set by Avatar.
Find out how much the Toy Story 4 box office added last weekend and the rest of the numbers below. Read More »