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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: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 8 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,105 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Beauty And The Beast (Two-Disc

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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 Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 26 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Video: According to the pamphlet insert, when Disney went back and reexamined the film's master elements, they found that they were covered with "white dirt and water spots,", Disney had to go through "extensive spotting sessions with the film's creators" and restore the elements in order to make them high definition worthy. The final result is simply majestic video, with vivid and vibrant colour that jumps out at you. Fine details are there. Overall, the video is awe-inspiring and magnificent. The scene of the dancing in the ballroom is too beautiful for words. (5/5)

Audio: Disney also went back to the source with original sound mixer Terry Porter, who was nominated for Best Sound in 1999, and created an all new 7.1 mix. The audio is also fantastic, with clear dialogue while the subwoofers also had a good work-out from all the roars. There are also many beautiful songs that one can sing-along. It is seldom that three songs from the same movie were nominated for the Best Original Song in the Academy Award. In this case, "Beauty and The Beast", "Belle" and "Be My Guest" were nominated. And the icing on the cake was that the song "Beauty And The Beast" won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1991. There are two versions in this movie: one by Angela Lansbury, and the pop version at the End-Credit was sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. By the way, the other movies with 3 songs nominated for Oscars are "Tarzan", "Enchanted" and "Dreamgirls" (5/5)

I am glad that Disney took its time to create such a magnificent masterpiece in "Beauty And The Beast". It is worth the long wait. I am looking forward to Disney's future releases, such as "Bambi" and "The Lion King" next year. Highly recommended and a must-have.
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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 Ann 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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