Disney has just announced Aladdin for release in a 2-disc Platinum Edition, to be released on October 5th. It will feature similar treatment as the last 2 releases. 2-Disc Keepcase w/ Cardboard slipcase. And will including some altered animation to background characters to look better with the detail of DVD and Home Theater. It also will feature a new song, that was cut from the film before it's was released, called "Proud of Your boy" featuring Aladdin's Mother. The following news is from DavisDVD, Yahoo, and Variety. No cover art yet, but should turn up soon.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment uncorks the genie bottle on October 5th with the first-ever DVD release of Aladdin. The 1992 blockbuster will mark the fourth animated classic to be released under Disney's Platinum Series banner, following on the heels of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. The two-disc set will boast a newly restored anamorphic video transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 enhanced home theater sound mix. According to Disney, more than 20% of the original artwork has been enhanced for the new digital transfer, with some characters redrawn to add more facial detail and backgrounds and starfields touched up for color and detail. Bonus materials are set to include two audio commentary tracks, a making-of documentary, a pop-up trivia subtitle track, design and still galleries, deleted sequences (including the musical number "Proud of Your Boy" by Oscar-winning songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken with newly completed animation), storyboards, pencil tests, a virtual carpet ride, a 3D tour of Genie's lamp, sing-along songs, set-top games, musical postcards, "A Whole New World" music video by Disney Channel stars, trailers, DVD-ROM material and more. Retail will be $29.99.'Aladdin' pops DVD cork a decade after its debut
Thu Feb 5, 7:00 PM ET SCOTT HETTRICK
After spending the past 10 years locked in a Disney bottle, "Aladdin" (and Genie) will become part of a whole new homevideo world on Oct. 5, when the Disney toon makes its debut on DVD.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment is giving retailers a nine-month heads-up to make way for Prince Ali and the big blue genie voiced by Robin Williams.
After generating another $120 million and $160 million in consumer spending via first-time DVD editions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," respectively, the past two holiday seasons, Disney has equally high hopes for "Aladdin."
BVHE president Robert Chapek says the unusually long advance notice also allows the studio time to set up one of its biggest marketing campaigns ever and finish work on the two-disc DVD Platinum special edition ($29.99) that will feature the most advanced set-top interactivities yet.
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 H.W. Bush, 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 backgrounds in many scenes have been touched up for color and 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, as well as two audio commentaries.
Interactivities include a virtual carpet ride; a 3-D tour of Genie's lamp; games; an option for pop-up trivia presented during the film; musical postcards; sing-along songs; and a new musicvideo of "A Whole New World" by Disney Channel stars.MTFBWY and HH!!Disney Uncorks 'Aladdin' DVD
Fri Feb 6, 3:26 AM ET By Brett Sporich
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Walt Disney Co. is restoring the 1992 animated feature "Aladdin" for its Oct. 5 DVD debut, studio executives said.
"The marketing campaign is going to be even bigger than we had for 'Finding Nemo,"' said Robert Chapek, president of Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment arm.
"Aladdin" marks the third title to be released in Disney's DVD Platinum Series, following the reissues of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Lion King."
"Snow White" has sold about 7 million combined DVD and VHS units to consumers since its fall 2001 rerelease, and "The Lion King" has topped 11 million since its reissue last year.
"The October release time frame has provided us with the longest legs on such titles," Chapek said. "It gives us big initial sales, and then these classic titles tend to get a second sales boost during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday shopping season."
Featuring a remixed 5.1 surround sound home theater track, the "Aladdin" double-disc DVD also will include a deleted song called "Proud of Your Boy" by Academy Award-winning songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The film features the voices of Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman and Gilbert Gottfried.
"The song was edited out of the first version," Chapek said, "but we're planning to bring it back along with the original pencil test drawings of a scene featuring Aladdin's mother."
He added that Disney already has lined up at least nine major cross-marketing partners, including McDonald's, Kellogg's, Mattel, Fisher-Price and Kleenex.
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