Beauty And The Beast Diamond Edition
- Release Date: October 5, 2010
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Number of discs: 3
- Studio: Walt Disney Video
- ASIN: B003DZX44I
I remember traveling to Pennsylvania with my first grandchild back in 2002. Our destination was an IMAX theater. We were on our way to see the IMAX Special Edition of Beauty and the Beast. It is one of the best memories I have of times shared with my grandson.
Last released on DVD in January, 2003, I am glad that Disney decided to take it our of the vault and rerelease it October 5, 2010, in a Diamond Edition Blu-Ray and DVD Combo pack. The story is adapted from a 1740 fairy tale written down by Villeneuve. Its running time is 90 minutes.
A little about the back story story first as shown in beautiful stain glass art stills:
Once upon a time, a spoiled, selfish, unkind prince was cruel to an old beggar woman. Her curse on him made him a beast. Only if he found true love before the last petal of a rose fell, would he again become human. Ten years he waited for someone to break the spell.
On to the show:
Belle (French for Beauty) is different from most heroines. She is proud, likes to read, and wants adventure more than a provincial life. She gets everything she dreams of and more when she rescues her eccentric father. The beast throws the old man into a dungeon when he looks for sanctuary. His daughter’s brave promise to stay in the castle forever frees him but makes her prisoner.
Within the castle’s enchanted walls, appearances deceive. A candlestick, a clock, a teapot, a teacup, a wardrobe and so much more put on a quite a show as they invite Belle to “Be Our Guest”.
Belle wanders into the forbidden West Wing with its reminders of the beast’s former life and self. His roaring “Get out!” so frightens her that she flees. Threatened by savage wolves, Beast saves her but is grievously injured. She returns with him and tends his wounds. Beast begins courting in a more sweet and kind rather than mean and coarse manner. As those in the castle wish “To Be Human Again”, Belle and the Beast share pleasant moments culminating in the “Beauty and the Beast” film highlight ballroom scene.
About the ending:
A magic mirror, a wish to see her father once more, a jealous rejected suitor, an angry mob, a fight to the death in quick sequence find Beast dying as the last rose petal falls. I’m not going to tell everything and spoil the movie, but Belle’s love changes everything. Amid fireworks, Beast and all the castle occupants become human again.
Casting is superlative with Paige O’Hara as Belle, Robby Benson as Beast, Richard White as Gaston, Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, David Ogden Stiers as both the narrator and Cogsworth, Bradley Pierce as Chip, Rex Everhart as Maurice, Jesse Corti as Lefou, Hal Smith as Phillippe, Jo Anne Worley as Wardrobe, Mary Kay Bergman as Babette, Brian Cummings as Stove, Alvin Epstein as Bookseller, and Tony Jay as Monsieur D’Aeque.
Disc 1 contains the DVD Feature film and bonuses.
- All new digital restoration
- Three versions of the film
- Disney song along mode
- Audio commentary
Disc 2 contains the Blu-ray Feature film and bonuses.
- All new digital restoration
- 3 versions of the film
- Composing a Classic
- Broadway Beginnings
- All-new music video
- Never before seen Alternate Opening
- Never before seen Deleted Scene
- Disney Sing Along Mode
- Audio Commentary
Disc 3 contains Blu-ray bonuses.
- Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories
- Enchanted Musical Challenge Game
- Bon Jour, Who Is This? Game
- Classic DVD bonus features
- And Much More
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