As the live action Aladdin hits 4K Ultra HD, so does the absolutely classic Disney animated tale of the same name. But how does this one gussy up on the format? Should you give it some tassel, or is it not worth the hassle?
The story: Step right up folks, for the battle of the century between a street urchin and a high-ranking official over a lamp. See the smoke fly as the Genie of said lamp blue- erm, blows in! See the sparks fly as said street urchin meets Princess Jasmine! See the carpet fly as… now that would be telling. [Glances at the image above] Oh…
The highest grossing movie of 1992, Aladdin broke more records than 1979’s Disco Demolition Night. Sure it was an engrossing take on the classic One Thousand and One Nights story of the same name, but we all know why it really remains a treasured animated classic – the magical and much-missed Robin Williams as the voice of Genie.
“No matter what anybody says, you’ll always be a prince to me.”
The 4K disc: The first great thing about this visual presentation may go unnoticed by many – the movie is presented in its original screen ratio. This means that rather than having the top and bottom of the picture cut off as in previous home releases, the image takes up the full height of the screen, with tiny black bars to either side. Superb! The next great thing is the HDR treatment. While the vision hails from a 2K master that’s subsequently been upscaled, the additional depths of light and dark afforded proceedings make for powerful viewing, a great example being when Genie takes time to “illuminate the possibilities”. This is another fine animated presentation on the 4K Ultra HD format.
Audio comes to us via a new Dolby Atmos mix. As with many such Disney releases you’ll need to nudge it a little louder than you would most other Atmos-infused features, but once done this yields pleasing results. Be it the various rumbles of the Cave of Wonders, or the detailed ambience in the bazaar scenes, it’s an enveloping soundtrack that’s sure to delight fans.
This is a single 4K Ultra HD disc release, with no extra features. We’d wish that things like the two commentaries and various deleted scenes and such that exist were included, but we’ve already used our three up.
Release date: September 18, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.