Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mill Creek Entertainment's Aladdin: A Thousand and One Nights On May 14

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
If it is Aladdin, Mill Creek Entertainment has it for you … and priced to collect at that!   Check it out on May 14 when the double-disc DVD release of The Story of Aladdin: A Thousand and One Nights - 8 Magical Tales arrives at your favorite retail outlet (complete with Digital Copy).

Included in this delightful mix are three classic theatrical films, which kicks off with director Alfred E. Green’s 1945 Technicolor Aladdin adventure, A Thousand and One Nights, starring Cornel Wilde as Aladdin and Adele Jergens as Princess Armina, with Dennis Hoey as the evil Sultan Kamar Al-Kir and Phil Silvers serving up comic relief as Abdullah.

Also included in the theatrical group is director Jack Kinney’s 1959 animated adventure, 1001 Arabian Nights, starring Dwayne Hickman as Aladdin (voice), Kathryn Grant as the Princess Yasminda (voice) and Jim Backus as the voice of Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo … Hans Conried is “The Wicked Wazir.”

More Aladdin adventures?  Look no further than director Lew Landers’ 1951 release of The Magic Carpet, teaming Lucille Ball as Princess Narah with John Agar as “The Scarlet Falcon.”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Also included in this priced-to-own collection (remember, just $14.98 for the whole package) is the 2000 Hallmark Entertainment Emmy-nominated mini-series directed by Steve Barron, Arabian Nights.

This lavish production, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Makeup, stars Jason Scott Lee as Aladdin, John Leguizamo has a blast as the Genie and Mili Avital shines as Scheherezade.

For those who would like a little song and dance with their Aladdin adventures, look no further than the 1990 musical version of Aladdin, directed by none other than Micky Dolenz, of the legendary The Monkees television series of the late ’60. 

Barry Bostwick (as Brad Major of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) plays the Genie of the Lamp, with Susan Egan as the Princess and Brent Sudduth as Aladdin.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyRounding out the fun and adventures with Aladdin are two classic theatrical cartoons from the 1930s.   UB Iwerks’ 1934 release of Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp is joined by filmmaker Dave Fleischer’s 1939 presentation of Popeye Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, starring none other than Popeye as Aladdin and Olive Oyl as the lovely Princess.

Mark it down on your viewing calendar, Mill Creek Entertainment’s May 14 double-disc DVD collection of The Story of Aladdin: A Thousand and One Nights - 8 Magical Tales.   Hours of fun and priced to collection … with Digital Copy as a bonus!!  Who could “wish” for more!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

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