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August 26, 2004
An Evening with Buena Vista - Aladdin, Mulan, Clerks X and Alias 3
Bunea Vista Home Entertainment has a lot to be excited about. In the next few months they've got some pretty huge DVD releases hitting the streets including: Aladdin: Special Edition, Mulan: Special Edition, Clerks X: Tenth Anniversary Edition, Alias Season 3 (oh yeah... and Jersey Girl).
To kick things off for their 'Big DVD Season', Buena Vista threw a big kick off party at The Highland night club at the famous 'Hollywood and Highland' complex right next to the Kodak Theater - the home of the Academy Awards. Buena Vista Home Entertainment have journalists a sneak peek at their big releases, and I have to say - they've got a reason to be celebrating.
Of everything shown at the event, the most impressive was the DVD for Aladdin: Special Edition. The entire film has been re-mastered and retransferred in a direct digital process. I'm happy to report that it looks absolutely phenomenal, far better than the picture I saw when the film was released in theaters. In addition to the entire remastering of the picture, Disney brought back Terry Porter, the original Academy Award Nominated recording mixer for the film, to re-do all the sound mix for the film. Porter has completely redesigned the mix of the film for the home theater environment in a feature Disney is calling this a 'Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix'. This mix is focused around sending more information to the rear and channels, more subwoofer info which ultimately creates a much stronger more enveloping surround sound (much like the sound on The Lion King). The mix for Aladdin is simply amazing, one of the better home theater mixes I've heard yet. Between the restored picture and remixed sound Aladdin comes to life in a way I've never seen before, it's definitely one to buy.
Next up was the presentation for Aladdin. It was introduced with similar hype and hoopla as Mulan, with belly dancers and Arabian music. Shortly after the DVD was introduced we were treated to a medley of tunes by the Academy Award winning Composer Alan Menken. It's amazing when you realize just how many of the most memorable Disney songs Alan Menken is responsible for. It was amazing listening to him play and sing. One of the most interesting things came after Alan Menken's medley, when he told the story behind the song 'Proud of Your Boy'. Composer Howard Ashman wrote the song for his mother shortly before he died. The song ultimately didn't make it into the movie, but it became a popular song within the theater industry, and a song often sung at auditions. Clay Aiken, from American Idol came to the Disney studios and did a recording of 'Proud of your Boy' in front of a full orchestra for the Aladdin DVD. Now let me say, I don't necessarily consider myself a Clay Aiken fan, but I was extremely impressed by the music video they showed from the DVD for 'Proud of your Boy'. It's a fantastic song, and Aiken does an impressive job with it. I'm sure the next time Disney goes looking for a musical lead for one of their major animated features Aiken will be at the top of their list. It's something absolutely worth checking out.
As impressed I was with the video from the Aladdin DVD for 'Proud of Your Boy', I was totally unimpressed with the music video from Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson for 'A Whole New World'. If any feature shown that evening felt like it was there to sell DVDs, this one was it.