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Beauty and the Beast (Disney Special Edition)

Paige O'Hara , Robby Benson , Gary Trousdale , Kirk Wise    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
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The film that officially signaled Disney's animation renaissance (following The Little Mermaid) and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman. (The title song won the 1991 Best Song Oscar, and Menken's score scored a trophy as well.) The downright funniest song is "Gaston," a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication, and pure joy. --David Kronke

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The most interesting of the extras on this multi-disc set is the storyboard for the first version of the film. British commercial animator Richard Purdum was originally slated to direct Beauty and the Beast: he envisioned a darker retelling of the story with no songs. The storyboards and scratch voice track for this version offer rare insights into the creation of an animated feature--including the wrong turns. Although the artists boarded nearly a quarter of the film, the viewer sees very little of Beauty and nothing of the Beast; too much time is spent on Beauty's well-intentioned father, his comic horse, and her mean aunt. It's easy to see why Jeffrey Katzenberg rejected this version and called in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Unfortunately the discs have needlessly fussy, uncooperative menus: why list features on one disc that appear on another? --Charles Solomon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great Disney movie! Oct. 12 2013
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The story, characters, and songs, made "Beauty and the Beast" an instant classic (and a favorite with kids of all ages in our house).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good condition Sept. 30 2013
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Exactly what I hope for.
DVD in excellent condition as if it was new
Recommend to all Disney movies seekers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who could ever learn to love a Beast? Everyone! Aug. 19 2013
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It's obvious to see why Disney nearly won an Oscar for 'Beauty and the Beast'. The magical story of Belle, the beautiful but independant peasant girl and the Beast, with the soul of a prince trapped in a frightening animal, is as timeless as any movie can get. Securing Disney's stellar reputation as the third film made during the so-called 'Renaissance Age' (beginning with 'The Little Mermaid' and ending with 'Tarzan'), the songs will stay with you forever, the characters will warm your heart from the very beginning and the stunning animation will enrapture you.

Of course, I'm biased in my opinion because it's my favourite Disney film of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Beast Dec 7 2010
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Although I live neither in a cave nor on Mars, I only saw Beauty for the first time a few weeks ago (2010). I had to have a copy. It's the finest animated feature I've ever seen and one of the best movies of any kind. Walt Disney's goal in the 1930s was to make first-rate movies for the whole family and Beauty is exactly that. The music, animation, screenplay and characters are very close to flawless. Everything fits. Everything works.
It sounds like the best of Broadway, will bring laughs and tears, yet Belle and the Beast have their noble characters very well developed. It's a total joy to watch, regardless of your age!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service and Great Quality March 19 2014
By Andrea
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This movie is great! I needed it in DVD form for my collection!
Ethansgoodies was great to deal with! They contacted me immediately after my original order to let me know the copy they were going ship was damaged so would send out a copy in the next couple days. It took a little longer to get here but was perfect!~
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites! March 13 2014
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A classic. Love Beauty & the Beast. Can't say anything bad about it. A must see for all children and families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever March 7 2014
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Love this movie so much remember seeing it in the movie theater it was great then and it's just as I remember plus a new song
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not original discs Feb. 21 2014
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This was for a birthday present for a daughter of a friend of ours. I searched everywhere in town and honestly could not find a copy. :-( So I found it on Amazon! Great!
I ordered it and watched the disc to be sure. It had NO region, so that instantly tipped me off that it was rip from the original. The video quality was also not as good as what the original DVD should have.

Be aware when purchasing "used" DVDs. Sometimes they are not checked for quality/authenticity BEFORE the shipper ships them.

I did contact the seller and decided not to return the DVDs because it had already been given as a gift and the quality was acceptable, if not entirely perfect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Some parts of the disc cannot be read, so ...
Some parts of the disc cannot be read, so it pauses often.
It cost around $45, and it is awful.
Published 14 days ago by Iris chen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disney Classic
So happy I was able to find this film, as it's moratorium was over two years ago. I constantly watched Beauty and the Beast as a child, and now I can continue to watch it for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kimberley
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Published 2 months ago by Grace Wan
1.0 out of 5 stars No French Version
I bought this DVD for my niece and saw that there was a french version on the description. I gave her this DVD when I saw her last week and we never found the french version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nadine Fournier
5.0 out of 5 stars beauty
My product arrived quickly and in near perfect condition! (The slip cover was a little haggard, but what can you expect from a movie they stopped selling years ago) :)
Published 3 months ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaisant
Produit fidèle à la description. Pas de mauvaise surprise. Version française fonctionne. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Véronique Dorion
1.0 out of 5 stars FAKE..FAKE...FAKE!!!
Gave to my 18 year old daughter for Christmas, did not watch it until recently...the disks are FAKE!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Chekay
3.0 out of 5 stars langage
C'est écrit qu'il y a la traduction français, mais il ne l'a pas du tout... seulement langague anglais et espagnol
Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Boutot
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not satisfied 😕
I really wanted the DVD blue ray combo pack.. Considering I didn't get this combo an still paid for it. I think the price was still high. But thank you anyhow.
Published 5 months ago by Anthy Koutsoukos
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