The Wonders of Aladdin 11/17/20

KL Studio Classics

Wow, what a combination – Donald O’Connor goes Full Arabian Nights kiddie fantasy in this perfect example of the kind of movie our parents took us to see, instead of Mister Sardonicus. The ‘family fun’ feature has the regulation number of pliant harem girls, frequently in bondage (You know – for Kids!) plus the requisite number of special effects. Vittorio De Sica is a genie, but don’t get your hopes up for a Cyclops or a dragon. With Michèle Mercier. It’s also co-directed by Mario Bava, which means there’s an automatic umbilical to commentary input by the authoritative Tim Lucas. Reviewed by Charlie Largent, who asks, ‘So where’s The Brass Bottle?  On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.