The cast and crew of Aladdin where reunited on Good Morning America in light of the upcoming Diamond Edition of Aladdin out on Blu-Ray October 13h, 2015.
Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Lea Salonga, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman, Alan Menken and writers/.producers/directors/ Ron Clements and John Musker where in New York telling how it was to work with the late Robin Williams. But the real highlight of the day is Lea and Brad sing A Whole New World again for the first time in 20 years.
Lea sings A Whole New World often enough at her concerts and other events, there are various YouTube videos of those performances online. But for Brad Kane it’s special because the only other person he ever sang ANWW was his wife at their wedding. Really special!
Blue-ray.com reviews the US Blu-ray release of Aladdin as part of Disney’s Daimond Edition line. The reviewer praises the disc for it’s excellent video and audio quality, giving the video 4,5 out of 5 stars and the audio quality even got the full 5 stars.
The bonus features get 4 out of 5 stars This edition is all praise to Robin Williams in the form of several bonus features. But also include the classic bonus A Diamond in the Rough: The Making of Aladdin and the other features from the 2004 DVD.. But it seems the producers of this Blu-Ray version cut about 10 minutes from Diamond in The Rough. The chapters The Producers, The Music (!), The Voice Talents (cut in favor for Robin WIlliams praise??) are cut. The most prominent new bonus features are:
The Genie Outtakes (HD, 9 minutes): Musker, Clements and Goldberg introduce a (kid-friendly) selection of Robin Williams recording session outtakes. There isn’t any footage of Williams behind the mic, though. Instead, storyboards envision what each extended and alternate bit or take might have looked like had any of it made it into the final cut of the film. The outtakes are capped off with a heartfelt tribute to the late comedian.
Other interesting bonus features are a making of the Broadway musical and Genie 101:
Genie 101 (HD, 4 minutes): Voice actor Scott Weinger (Aladdin) explains some of Genie’s early historical, early cinema, and ’90s pop culture references to kids born in the 21st century.
I think that’s a good addition since the film is made over 20 years ago and Robin Williams leaned heavily on the pop culture of that early 90’s. Also it’s a good heads up for the fans who never got some the references the begin with.
Oh My Disney runs the story of the reunion of the Aladdin key crew. It wasn’t as big reunion as 11 years ago for the platinum DVD. Glenn Keane and Andreas Deja where among the few who didn’t attend the panel. But yeah they people who where there, directors Ron and John, animators Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn and voice actors Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin and Brad Kane had a good time seeing each other again. They mostly remercie the late Robin Williams and point out how much influence he had to the final film.
Through Ultimate Disney The up and coming release of Aladdin on Blu-Ray in North America will contain some new bonus features. Of course it has a feature on the hit Broadway Show. Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic which most likely will be about how the animated film was brought to the stage with interviews and snippets of the show itself. Then there’s a feature Unboxing Aladdin, no idea what that’s about. Next up is all about Genie. I think it will be a homage to the late Robin Williams. New interviews with the directors Ron Clements and John Musker in A Conversation with Ron & John. Disney Royalty Sing “A Whole New World” will be a cover by Disney latest batch teen stars sort of like Jessica Simpson with a guy who I can’t recall the name of did a cover of A Whole New World back in 2004. I looking forward to Genie Outtakes which I hope will be footage of Robin Williams ad0-lipping and improv’. And finally Classic Bonus are I hope the best bonus features from the SE DVD from 2004.
Aladdin is due for a Diamond treatment this October.
To be exact the film is coming to BluRay in October 13, 2015 in North America. From what I understood the rumors say there’s not much new bonus material on it say it for some promotional stuff for the musical. But Disney has yet to officially announce what is on it. Lucky enough most of the 2004 making of documentary, A Diamond in the Rough is expected to being ported over. There is, however, a final cover art released this week.
I can’t say it’s the best artwork i’ve seen, the characters look completely off model. Notice that Iago is included as being part of the good guys unlike the VHS cover where he was still teamed up with Jafar.