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Beauty and the Beast: Season 1

Linda Hamilton , Ron Perlman , Alan Cooke , Christopher Leitch    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What an amazing gift from Paramount. Devoted fans of this beloved television series have waited sixteen years for this DVD release. It has been a difficult sixteen years, watching one mediocre show after another gain release while this treasure sat gathering dust in some vault. Amidst a torrent of fan mail, petitions and frantic pleas prayers have finally been answered.

No words of mine can possibly convey how special "Beauty and the Beast" was, and is. It was a phenomenon in 1986, and remains so today. CBS was gusty and wise to place this poetic stunner, starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, on its blockbuster Friday night schedule at 8 pm, a leader to rating winners Dallas and Falcon Crest. The on-screen chemistry shared by its actors was the stuff dreams are made of. I have never found in all the years since a cast so seemingly kissed by the gods, if you will.

"Beauty and the Beast" came out of nowhere in the sense that it was entirely unique to broadcast-commercial television. To turn on a major network at 8 pm and find the music Schubert, the sonnets of Shakespeare, all melded into a classically timeless tale of romantic yearning was nothing short of miraculous. To be gifted such a gem on PBS, on the original A&E or even on the big screen might have been plausible. Sadly, Hamilton's departure at the end of season two marked a serious and dark turn for the series. It could never recover its artistic integrity or ratings in season three and was sadly, though rightfully cancelled. With all due respect to Perlman's immense talent the magic was lost with the killing of Hamilton's character. WHAT WERE THE WRITERS THINKING? Even at this saddest, lowest point the series was still far better than anything else to be found on the tube.

I am grateful to Paramount for buying the rights from Republic Pictures. I can only hope that seasons two and three will follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Mom. July 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a gift for my Mother for her birthday.
We had recently found season 2 & 3 for a great deal at a flea market but she wasn't able to find season 1.
I found it here on Amazon and she was beyond excited when she opened her gift!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and magical Jan. 20 2007
I too was a devoted fan of this unique, magical romance -- until the producers/writers killed off Linda Hamilton's character (they should have paid her whatever she wanted to stay on). The last few episodes could only have been written by someone deranged by drug abuse.

Nevertheless I shall look forward to seeing Season One at least.

You may be interested to know that at the height of the show's popularity an audio tape was made of actor Ron Perlman reading romantic poetry. He had to wear the full lion's-head makeup to do the tape, otherwise his voice sounded different. The tape was a smash hit, especially with guys as gifts for their girlfriends. The then elderly owner of Toronto's biggest record store "Sam the Record Man" commented that he never could have imagined his greatest-ever seller would be a tape of a man in a cat suit quoting poetry. Go figure!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Figures Dec 15 2006
By B. Gies
It figures, after waiting years for them to come out with this series on DVD, I broke down and bought all 3 seasons from NeoDVD recently and the reproduction is so poor most of the shows are not even watchable. All of season 2 was taped, badly, right from the tv broadcast and even include clips of ads, that's how bad it is. I haven't gotten to season 3 yet but I'm sure it's just as bad. I'll be buying this studio product as soon as it comes out and trashing the NeoDVD product for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful fairytale series Jan. 8 2011
Anyone who watched this show when it originally aired fell in love with the ideals, the concept, and the hope that ran through every episode. In a world filled with darkness and deceit, and corruption, these two people were like a beacon of hope and light... proving what romantics everywhere have always known - love can overcome all adverisities, and create its own magic. Revisiting the show now, years later, that message is just as powerful, just as thought-provoking, and yes, just as romantic and filled with hope and joy. Timeless entertainment with the power to make your dreams take flight....
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