Live action Disney film ready for home viewing

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Mena Massoud and Will Smith in “Aladdin.”

Live action remakes seem to be a huge part of Disney’s business portfolio in recent years, with such films as “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Maleficent,” “Snow White and the Huntsmen” and “The Jungle Book.”

This summer it’s been “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” and this week Aladdin was released to home rental outlets.

In the film, a street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

Those wondering if there’s any chance Will Smith can live up to Robin Williams’ performance as the Genie in “Aladdin,” Smith sets the record straight during an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

“I got presented to play the Genie in Aladdin, and at first I was like ‘hell no,’” he said. “Robin Williams smashed that role and when you look at things like that you always try to find what would you do differently — what would you add to that.

“I didn’t feel like I wanted to touch it, but then I spent some time with it and met with the directors and talked about it,” he said.

It was actually the song “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me,” that solidified the decision to move forward with the role.

Other individuals starring in the film include: Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Open Heart”) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers” and “The 33”) as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari (“What Happened to Monday” and “Ben-Hur”) as Jafar and Navid Negahban (“12 Strong” and “Homeland”) as the Sultan.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film is rated PG for some action/peril.

Other films released to home rental outlets this week include:

n “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” directed by Chad Stahelski and staring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne and Mark Dacascos. Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

This film is rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language.

n n “The Dead Don’t Die,” directed by Jim Jarmusch and staring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and Donald Glover. Unusual occurrences begin to unfold in the small and uneventful town of Centerville, from animals behaving oddly to irregular periods of daylight. However, the most unexpected event proves to be the most serious as corpses begin to leave their graves to attack the townspeople.

The film is rated R for zombie violence/gore, and for language.

The synopsis for the movies in the article were taken from the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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