List Price: $39.99
Subtitles: French, Spanish
Number of discs: 3
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
Run Time: 85 minutes
A Beloved Fairy Tale Is Restored To All New Heights On Blu-ray™!
Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic
Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition
On Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack – October 5, 2010
And Standard Definition DVD - November 23, 2010
From the studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the Blu-ray high-definition debut of Disney’s animated masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast on October 5, 2010.
Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as
the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks, immersive games and more.
The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture (the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award® nominations and won two Oscars® in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original Score.
Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October 5, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November 23.
The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of $39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.
Film Synopsis: Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
Film Accolades: Beauty and the Beast received two Academy Awards® for music in 1992, three Golden Globes® for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in 1992, and two Grammy Awards in 1993. Listed as number seven on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Animated Films, Beauty and the Beast helped define Disney animation for a new generation as the second film in the “Disney Animation Renaissance” (1989-1999) which launched with The Little Mermaid and revitalized animated features by captivating mature audiences while still delighting young viewers.
Beauty and the Beast features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige
O’Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby
Benson (TV’s “American Dreams”) delivers a powerful portrayal of the Beast. Three-time Oscar®-
nominated screen star (The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946,
and Gaslight in 1945) and six-time Golden Globe® award winner (TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” in
1992, 1990, 1987 and 1985, The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, and The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946), Angela Lansbury gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. The late Jerry Orbach (TV’s
“Law and Order,” “House of Mouse”) shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra,
and David Ogden-Stiers (TV’s “M*A*S*H,” Lilo & Stitch) is Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel clock who functions as the head of the household.
Beauty and the Beast was also the first Disney animated film to inspire a Broadway stage production by the same name. Highlighting the film’s music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty… was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1994 and ran on Broadway for 5,464 performances until 2007, becoming Broadway's sixth-longest running production in history.
My take: When we moved this summer, to a smaller house, I reluctantly gave up my VHS collection to my niece. Don't get me wrong, I was THRILLED to get to send her some of her favorite Disney movies (almost all of my VHS tapes were Disney, carefully purchased as they were released) but I was sad to see them go for me and my own kids. But we had no room for them and more importantly, we no longer have a VHS player. So now I have to wait for the Disney Vault to open again and again to rebuild my collection. Which is why I was so excited to see Beauty and the Beast arrive on DVD - not only an award winning movie for Disney, it's one of my personal favorites. I mean, what's not to love? A message for girls everywhere about how beauty is only skin deep - that true beauty resides in our hearts? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! And this collection has some great extras like 3 different versions of the film (the in-progress version shown to the New York film festival before the premier of the movie, the original release and a special edition, with an added scene and song). Also included: a Sing Along Mode (which I may or may not have been singing along with - I'll never tell!), an alternate opening and deleted scene (both on the Blu-Ray disk), a music video sung by Jordin Sparks, and several fun games. Well worth the wait, be sure to pick up your own Beauty and the Beast (Two-Disc Diamond Edition) today! ★★★★★
Bonus: Here is a special coupon for $10 off the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for this release from Disney Movie Rewards: http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/special-offers/batblptw-coupon
Bonus 2: Download a PDF coloring & activity pages: http://tinyurl.com/BeautyActivities
Performing Their Numbers (bonus)
Human Again (deleted song)
About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection: The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.
About Disney Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package): To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD in a single package. Current Disney Animated Classic titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.
This post was written for Click Communications and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment who provided the movie for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary DVD.