WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voice Talents Of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried & Douglas Seale

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1662CS
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 09/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): John Musker & Ron Clements
(Screenplay/Written By): Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Menken
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): R.S. Vander Wende
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(Editor): H. Lee Peterson
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Donald W. Ernst & Amy Pell
(Producers): John Musker & Ron Clements

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.56:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set in the mythical city of Agrabah, the story follows a street-smart peasant, Alad-din, and his mischievous pet monkey, Abu. Aladdin falls in love with the free-spirited Princes Jasmine—despite a law that says she can only wed a royal suitor. His luck changes with one rub of the lamp, releasing the shape-shifting, fun-loving, wish-giving Genie—who turns Aladdin into a prince. But the evil sorcerer, Jafar, and his wisecracking parrot, Iago, also crave the lamp’s power. If Aladdin is to defeat them and win Jasimine’s heart, he must learn to be himself—and that’s one wish the Genie can’t grant!

LaserDisc Picture:
The all digital THX® Laser Disc Program-credited transfer is a knock-out! Aladdin sets a new standard of excellence for laser-disc quality. If one was asked to describe the pristine picture in one word it would be SOLID! Each transfer element remained completely in the digital domain right up to the point of laserdisc mastering. The result—no visible grain, noise, or any other artifact—not one speckle! The picture is completely pristine and solid. It is the best transfer to date and earns our highest rating as a reference quality laserdisc. The colors are richly rendered with a wide spectrum of hues and are the most vivid of any animated feature ever. And the blacks don’t get any blacker. Images are extremely sharp and finely detailed with ex-cellent contrast. The actual color correction process was a committee effort by the Disney artists who were actually responsible for the animation. The aspect ratio is 1.56:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is equally impressive as the perfect complement to the breathtaking Disney artistry. It sounds as if it was dubbed from the Dolby Stereo Digital® print master rather than the Dolby SR analog master but I was unable to confirm which. Nonetheless, the deep bass response is superb at the Cave of Wonders and the grand music score and effects provide a subtle, but effective, ambience.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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