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.
During the Aladdin The Making of a Classic, a panel held at this years D23 convention at Anaheim, California held Saturday August, 15th 2015. The directors, animators and voice actor recalled working with the late Robin Williams during the production of Aladdin.
There was also some more information about the upcoming Live Action Genie prequel and the announcement that a montage of Robin Williams ad libbing as Genie with storyboards will be on the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray that is hitting shelfs, in real life stores and webshops, October 13