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Beauty and the Beast (Disney Special Platinum Edition)

Paige O'Hara , Robby Benson , Gary Trousdale , Kirk Wise    G (General Audience)   DVD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars After A While One Doesn't Notice It Is Animated 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic! July 9 2004
By Liz
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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5.0 out of 5 stars After A While One Doesn't Notice It Is Animated 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 an unnamed wizard. There is nothing childish in 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is only skin deep April 17 2004
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When Belle, who lives with her father Maurice, goes into town, she is looked upon as a strange girl who's nose is always stuck in a book. She's also the prettiest girl in town according to the snobish and self absorbed Gaston. So when Maurice gets lost in the woods on the way to an inventors fair, he finds a castle belonging to a beast that had once been a prince. The prince had been a selfish and absorbed jerk too, but was cursed by an enchantress to remain a beast until he could learn to love another and earn her love in return. Anyways, the beast has a major problem with Maurice being there and locks him in the tower. So when Belle finds her father and is confronted by the beast, she takes his place as prisnor and Maurice is released.
At first, Belle is terrified by the beast's temper and hideous appearance. Then she starts to actually get to know him and her opinion of him changes. After a while, the beast finds it in his heart to let her go. She goes home to find out that Gaston is trying to bribe her into marrying him by threatening to throw her father in the loony bin.
All in all, Gaston gets what's coming to him and Belle realizes that she's in love with the beast. She is rewarded by discovering his true identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic.
You fell in love with Belle in the first song, because you learn that she's the one who doesn't quite fit in, and a lot of people are actually like that. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ariane Thériault
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The quality of the DVD is good and the service delivery was excellent.
Published 12 days ago by Henri Pierre Therien
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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Kimberley
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Published 3 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 4 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 4 months ago by Véronique Dorion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service and Great Quality
This movie is great! I needed it in DVD form for my collection!
Ethansgoodies was great to deal with! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites!
A classic. Love Beauty & the Beast. Can't say anything bad about it. A must see for all children and families.
Published 5 months ago by jinxie_13
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