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Beauty and the Beast (Disney Special Edition) [VHS]


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  • Actors: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers
  • Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Writers: Brenda Chapman, Brian Pimental, Bruce Woodside, Burny Mattinson, Chris Sanders
  • Format: Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 8 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063NPX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Disney's most acclaimed and beloved film just got even better! With its incomparable blend of magic and award-wining music, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST won the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Picture (1991, Best Comedy or Musical) and is the only animated film ever nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award(R) (1991). Now magnificently restored and remastered, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SPECIAL EDITION features an all-new song, "Human Again," seamlessly integrated into the film. And in this groundbreaking 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD, you'll enter the Beast's castle and explore its many secrets -- with three versions of the film, never-before-seen movie secrets, exciting games featuring all-new animation, and more! Disney magic reigns supreme in this triumphant 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD -- a must for every DVD library!

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on June 17 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It is quite rare for any animated film to be treated with the same respect as any other honored non-animated one. In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale take the time-worn fairy tale of the outwardly loathsome beast who impossibly enough allows his inner nobility to shine forth sufficiently to cause the beauty to fall in love with him. Robby Benson is the voice of the Beast and Paige O'Hara is Beauty. Even for those readers familiar with the spoken tale or the revamped music video with Meatloaf as the Beast cannot help but allow themselves to be entranced with the seamless melding of sight to sound. The plot is simplicity itself with the Beast as the archetypal symbol of the rebirth of nobility long hidden by the evil spell of a unnamed wizard. There is nothing childish is the unfolding of the tale of Belle the Beauty who chooses to sacrifice herself in marriage to save the life of her doddering inventor father. Enter the Beast who is initially presented as the roaring brute that his tormenting wizard clearly intended him to be. Yet, as Belle ministers to his psychic wounds of self-loathing and his physical wounds incurred in defending her against a pack of wolves, the viewer can see a competing spell at work, one that is older than time itself--the power of love that the film's many songs allude to and function as as subtext that imbues it with timeless energy. There is, of course, some needed plot complications of unwanted attention heaped on Belle by the handsome but warped Gaston, who plots to snare Belle in marriage as firmly as he would stalk a reindeer for its antlers.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By quarterduck on Dec 7 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 16 2014
Format: Blu-ray
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [1991] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] [UK Release] Disney's 30th Animated Classic! Be Our Guest To A World Of Enchantment!

Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney's beloved modern classic, the first animated feature film in the history of the Oscars® nominated for Best Picture in 1991, is brilliantly transformed to a new level of entertainment through the magic of 3D Blu-ray High Definition. The music you'll never forget the characters that will fill your heart and the magical adventure about finding beauty within all come to spectacular life in 3D Blu-ray. Plus, all-new, immersive bonus features will transport you even further into Belle's enchanted world. So be our guest and join the beloved, independent Belle and the Beast with the soul of a prince as they cast an enchanting spell like never before. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers.

FILM FACTS: 1992 Academy Awards® Nominated for Best Picture: Don Hahn. Nominated Best Sound Mixing: Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane. Won Best Music and Original Score: Alan Menken. Won Best Music and Original Score: Alan Menken. Nominated Best Music and Original Song: Alan Menken & Howard Ashman for the song "Be Our Guest." Won Best Music and Original Song: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the song "Beauty and the Beast." Nominated Best Music and Original Song: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the song "Belle."

Golden Globe 1992: Won Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy: Don Hahn. Best Original Score for Motion Picture: Alan Menken. Nominated Best Original Song for Motion Picture: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the song "Be Our Guest." Won Best Original Song for Motion Picture: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the song "Beauty and the Beast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz on July 9 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Bringing this classic fairy tail to life is one of the best things that Disney has ever done. Every second of this film is full to the brim with wonder and magic. More than ten years after first seeing it, there are still some scenes that make me gasp at their beauty.
The movie provides all of the usual Disney elements of gorgeous animation, skilled voice actors, awesome original songs, and non-stop entertainment, but there's something special in the mix. We get one of the most believable and heart felt romances to ever grace the animated world. As a child every time I read a picture book of this Fairy Tail I found it impossible to believe that a woman could love a beast, but Disney found a way to make it happen. You truly believe that it's possible, and feel her pain when she thinks she's lost him.
In the classic Disney fashion, Beauty and the Beast brings along a message for the kids to learn. We see the value of intelligence and compassion, learn to look beyond the superficial, and discover that love knows no boundaries.
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