If Robin Williams’ performance as the Genie in Walt Disney’s “Aladdin” was too fast and furious for you to keep up with in the theater, try the new standard-play laser just released by Walt Disney Home Video ($50).
It gives you a chance to slow down and replay his transformations so you can catch every shape, every move and every joke no matter how quickly they come and go.
In this two-disc THX set, “Aladdin” flies, flails and flings about the room in lush, full-bodied color. You can even play the film one frame at a time to get at the secrets of marrying traditional animation with computer and paintbrush technology. Not to mention the rapid dialogue and vocal tricks of the talented cast.
High-quality animation and top-drawer laser technology were made for each other, and this 1992 Oscar-winner offers a sumptuous audio and visual feast. The Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice never sounded better.
Clearly delineated chapter stops identify every song, including the Oscar-winner “A Whole New World,” in a handsomely designed sleeved jacket, with charming drawings of the main characters.
If all this whets your appetite for more, if less elaborately presented, Disneyana, you need only turn to the company’s “Walt Disney Mini Classics” and “Cartoon Classics” laser series. A delightful double bill ($37) serves up “Mickey and the Beanstalk” and “The Reluctant Dragon.” Other pairings in the “Cartoon Classics” series ($25 apiece) offer a double bill “Starring Mickey and Minnie and Chip ‘n’ Dale,” which includes 1938’s “The Brave Little Tailor” among six offerings; another pairing of “Here’s Mickey!” with “Here’s Pluto!” takes in adventures from 1935 (“Mickey’s Garden”) through the early and mid-'40s.
A dog of an entirely different mien, the TV series “Family Dog” from Amblin Entertainment, follows the ill-fated bug-eyed canine through 10 episodes on a five-disc set from MCA Universal Home Video ($90). If you blinked and missed executive producers Tim Burton/Steven Spielberg/Dennis Klein’s quirky take on a bizarre little dog’s view of family life, you can catch it all at your leisure here.
New Movies Just Released: The THX letterboxed edition of “Schindler’s List” is in stores this week from MCA Universal at $50; the THX limited Collector’s Edition is scheduled for release on Wednesday at $140.
“Serial Mom” (HBO/Savoy, $40); “Mother’s Boys” (Miramax, $40); “The House of Spirits” (LIVE, $40); “Naked Gun 33 1/3" (Paramount, $40); “Farewell My Concubine” (Miramax, $40).
Coming Soon: “Jurassic Park” will come to laser letterboxed and in THX on Oct. 12 from MCA Universal, $75 (standard play) and $45 (extended play).