Will Smith Praises Unique ‘Aladdin’ Experience: “Disney Magic Is Real”

Disney’s Aladdin hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on September 10, and the hit live action film boasted Mena Massoud as the titular character, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the iconic Genie.

For Smith, entering the Aladdin universe was a unique experience. “Disney magic is real,” said Smith. “This is my first Disney movie and there is something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories that at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment.”

Click on the media bar to hear Will Smith elaborate on Aladdin being the most “joyful experience” of his career:

Special features on the Blu-ray and Digital release include six deleted scenes, bloopers, the deleted song “Desert Moon,” several featurettes (“Guy Ritchie: A Cinematic Genie,” “A Friend Like Genie”), a video journal captured by Mena Massoud, and three music videos.

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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Scares Up Blu-ray And DVD Release In October

Annabelle Comes Home, the third installment of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle series, is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on October 8.

Although demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) locked the possessed doll in their artifact room, she escapes and wreaks havoc on a slew of unwitting victims. McKenna Grace co-stars as their daughter Judy, with Madison Iseman playing Judy’s babysitter. The feature made over $220 million worldwide.

Special features on the Blu-ray version includes deleted scenes and several featurettes (“The Artifact Room & the Occult,” “The Light & the Love,” “Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf”).

Are you a fan of the Annabelle films? Feel free to comment below!

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Dolph Lundgren Action Thriller ‘The Tracker’ Hits Blu-Ray And Digital In September

The Tracker, an action thriller headlined by Dolph Lundgren, heads to Blu-ray (including digital), DVD and Digital September 24 via Lionsgate.

The plot centers on Aiden, a man who is bent on revenge after his family were abducted and killed while on vacation. A decade later, new evidence from a detective may shed light on the crime, but after he is murdered Aiden must go solo in uncovering this conspiracy. Using his sniper skills, Aiden has hits sights sets on bloody retribution.

Lundgren was seen last year in Creed II and Aquaman. The Tracker is directed by Giorgio Serafini, who previously worked with Lundgren on the 2013 feature Ambushed.

What is your favorite Dolph Lundgren feature? Was it his work on The Expendables or maybe even Rocky IV? Feel free to comment below!

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Lands Blu-ray And DVD Release In August

Godzilla: King of the Monsters comes out via DVD special edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 4K UHD Combo Pack on August 27. The feature also arrives on Digital August 6.

Starring Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, and Thomas Middleditch, Godzilla: King of the Monsters features the titular creature facjng off against Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah. The feature, directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) made over $384 million worldwide.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ special features include commentary by director Michael Dougherty, deleted scenes, and a plethora of special features (including “Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian,” “Mothra: Queen of the Monsters,” and “King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine”).

Where does Godzilla: King of the Monsters stack up amidst your favorite Godzilla films? Feel free to comment below!

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‘Santana Live At US Festival’ Lands Blu-Ray And DVD Release In September

Watching guitar god Carlos Santana perform live is a seminal experience, and Shout! Factory will release Santana Live At US Festival on Blu-ray and DVD come September 6.

Santana hit the stage back in 1982 on Labor Day Weekend and performed such signature hits as “Black Magic Woman,” “Gypsy Queen,” and “Oye Como Va.” Herbie Hancock also made an appearance at the concert to perform on “Incident at Neshabur.”

The festival was conceived by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and music legend Bill Graham. The disc also comes with a performance of “Searchin” (one of my favorite Santana tunes) with Alex Ligertwood serving as the lead vocalist.

Special features include three featurettes (“Santana Reflects On His Career,” “Explaining His Signature Sound,” “The Theory of Santana’s Music”) and an interview outtake with Carlos Santana.

 

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‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Makes Its Blu-ray And DVD Debut In August

Pokémon Detective Pikachu will hit Blu-ray, 4K UHD Combo Pack, and DVD on August 6, with a digital release set for July 23. For a limited time only each version will include a special Pokémon Trading Card Game card.

The feature, which centers on the adventures Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), also stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird), and Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie). The feature was a hit for Warner Bros. as it made over $425 million worldwide.

Special features include “Detective Mode” (a Blu-ray exclusive), alternate opening, “My Pokémon Adventure,” the multi-segment featurette “Creating the World of Detective Pikachu,” Mr. Mime’s Audio Commentary, “Ryan Reynolds – Outside the Actor’s Studio,” and the Rita Ora and Kygo music video “Carry On.”

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