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5.0 out of 5 stars After A While One Doesn't Notice It Is Animated
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...
Published on June 17 2004 by Martin Asiner

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty to Disney Heritage
When I bought Disney's Beauty and the Beast "Special Platinum Edition" I was expecting just that, a high quality film with added extras not contained on the original. Instead, what I found myself with was a tampered work of art, a disgraced former masterpiece. The entire movie looks like it has had it's color stripped from it and repainted with bargain bin paints. No...
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by Benjamin R Kneen


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5.0 out of 5 stars After A While One Doesn't Notice It Is Animated, June 17 2004
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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. As Gaston leads the villagers in an assault on the Beast's manor, one is reminded in reverse of the cliched villagers pounding at the walls of Doctor Frankenstein's castle, but in this case the attack in presented in comic tones that keep the real world of harm at bay.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has no down moments, with each fresh plot advancement heralded by stunningly effective animation and song. This film was a deserved nominee for Best Picture in 1991, and with repeated viewings, one may rest assured that the alternately gloomy and resplendent halls of the Beast will eternally resonate with the same cachet that gives Tara, Oz, or Rick's Cafe a ticket that allows the bearer to see just how awesome the human spirit can be.
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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
This review is from: Beauty and the Beast (3-Disc BD/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [1991] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] [UK Release], Dec 16 2014
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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."

Grammy Awards 1993: Nominated for Album of the Year. Nominated for Record of the Year: Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the song "Beauty and the Beast." Won Best Album for Children. Won Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocal for "Beauty and the Beast." Nominated Song of the Year for "Beauty and the Beast." Won Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture. Won Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for "Beauty and the Beast." Won Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Beauty and the Beast."

Voice Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Dame Angela Lansbury, Bradley Michael Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, Jo Anne Worley, Kath Soucie, Brian Cummings, Alvin Epstein, Tony Jay, Alec Murphy, Mary Kay Bergman and Frank Welker

Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Screenplay: Linda Woolverton

Composer: Alan Menken

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, German: 7.1 DTS-HD Resolution, Spanish: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix, Russian: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix, Hindi: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix and Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, German, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese

Running Time: 85 minutes and 92 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Region: All Regions

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: There's something about 'Beauty and the Beast' that resonates deep inside. It transcends children's animation and becomes something much more. When I think 'Beauty and the Beast' I immediately think of Disney. It's a connection without question that has become synonymous.

'Beauty and the Beast' is full of excitement, an enthralling story, and some of the most memorable musical numbers to ever grace the big screen. There isn't a song on 'Beauty and the Beast' that can possibly be ignored. Each one demands your attention as they shower you with nostalgic memories of Disney's hand drawn animation heyday.

Because he refused to give refuge to a haggard-looking woman, a young prince has been cursed, transformed into a hideous beast, and his entire staff of servants changed into living inanimate objects, like clocks and candlesticks. Like many of these stories go, the curse can only be broken by true love.

Belle is a beautiful young girl who lives in the neighbouring town. She loves reading, breaks into song on a moment's notice, and lives with her kooky father Maurice. Belle is a curious creature, and has her head on straight when it comes to life. The town macho, Gaston, has his eye on her. Gaston boasts about how many eggs he eats every day and how accurate his spitting is. He's a man's man. Only a manly man would use antlers in all of his decorating. Gaston is sure that Belle is going to marry him, who wouldn't want to marry him? He's the finest male specimen around.

Belle's father Maurice is an inventor, and on his way to a fair to show off his new invention he gets lost and finds himself at the steps of a strange castle (it's interesting that this castle has been there for some time, and the townspeople are only now realising it). Maurice is imprisoned by the beast. Once Belle realizes he's missing, she goes out looking for him, finds the castle, and trades herself for her father's life. We know what must happen from here. Belle must embark on the seemingly impossible quest of loving a beast. But compared to Gaston, the beast is a catch.

In a day and age when computer animation is all the rage, it's amazing to revisit 'Beauty and the Beast' and see just how beautiful hand drawn animation can be. The animation here is some of the most colourful and lively in all of Disney's long line of animated features. The music, created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (the same duo that worked together on 'The Little Mermaid'), has not only stayed in our minds ever since we first saw the movie (To this day, "Be Our Guest" still pops up in my head continually), but they have sunk into popular culture.

Nowadays, with the Ten Best Picture slots at the Oscars, it's much easier for animated films to find their way into the awards picture. Back when 'Beauty and the Beast' was made, it was unthinkable that a children's animated feature could be nominated for Best Picture. 'Beauty and the Beast' is a classic fairy tale, and with Disney's touch, it has become one of the most memorable and influential animated features of all time.

3D Blu-ray Video Quality - For this 3D release, 'Beauty and the Beast' is presented in a stunning encoded 1080p image transfer in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Painstakingly converted, this is an absolutely stunning experience that opens the film up in new and exciting ways.

To be perfectly honest, I am a huge supporter of 3D, but always sceptical about conversions of already existing 2D films, so I went into this release with some pretty strong reservations. With that said, I must admit that this 3D Blu-ray disc has certainly made me reconsider my sceptical stance. Overall, the video here is simply outstanding and totally gorgeous. Wonderfully bold and rich colours light up the screen from the moment the film starts, and don't let up until the credits role at the end of the animation film. Detail is exceptional, showing off the intricately designed characters and locations, from cosy towns and spooky woods to Baroque castles and lush countryside's, revealing every stroke of the animators' hard work.

Of course the real focus of this release is the 3D effect. So, how does it look? Well, with the exception of a few minor snags here and there, it's quite stunning, essentially offering a pristine window into a beautiful storybook world. Depth is fantastic, separating the various planes of the frame into distinct layers that still work organically together. While there certainly is a pop-up book quality to the presentation (and in this case that's not a bad thing), the 3D effect gives a slight curvature to the 2D characters and objects, making them feel a little more spatially rounded than completely flat. Wide shots tend to look the most striking, offering an immense perception of distance between foreground objects and background locations. Swirling leaves, soaring birds, and flying bats all provide some nice pop-out moments that extend slightly outward from the screen. Various forms of precipitation are particularly impressive, and a few shots that start indoors and then slowly track out into the falling snow feature a great amount of immersion. Even comparatively subtle moments, like a scene where Belle holds a flower and blows the petals away, causing them to dance inward and outward around the screen, are a treat to behold. All of the major set-pieces, including the playful "Be our Guest" performance, and the beloved title track sequence set in an extravagant ballroom, utilize just the right amount of subtlety and "wow" moments. Of course nothing really compares to the climax, which features the townspeople storming the Beast's castle. With a constant flow of rain drenching the foreground and splashes of lightning electrifying the frame, the moody atmosphere is taken to an entirely new level thanks to the 3D effect. All of the visuals swell with the rousing music in a way that simply couldn't happen in 2D Blu-ray version alone.

While this is a wonderful transfer, there are some very minor issues. There are a couple of instances in which the converted effects feel slightly unnatural or where proportions of distance between different parts of characters or objects feels a little off. Also, in some rare instances where there is a lot of detail, activity, and motion all at once, the image can get a little jumbled and a bit disorienting. Ghosting is present, but it's negligible and mostly occurs when there is a dark object in the foreground (various statues in the Beast's castle, for example). All of these issues are very minor, however, and don't detract from what is otherwise a nearly flawless conversion.

While this is a wonderful transfer, there are some very minor issues. There are a couple of instances in which the converted effects feel slightly unnatural or where proportions of distance between different parts of characters or objects feels a little off. Also, in some rare instances where there is a lot of detail, activity, and motion all at once, the image can get a little jumbled and a bit disorienting. Ghosting is present, but it's negligible and mostly occurs when there is a dark object in the foreground (various statues in the Beast's castle, for example). All of these issues are very minor, however, and don't detract from what is otherwise a nearly flawless conversion.

3D Blu-ray Audio Quality - Disney 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. After creating a 7.1 mix for the originally mono-track 'Snow White' and making it sound superb, I had no reservations that Disney would be able to take 'Beauty and the Beast' and remix it to perfection. In short, they have. I can't think of a Disney's film library that could benefit more from a 7.1 mix than 'Beauty and the Beast.' There's so much going on, and the musical numbers alone demand a mix that can support their sheer size and spectacle.

Dialogue is spread throughout the front part of the sound field, even finding its way into the side speakers for some stellar directionality that caused me to turn my head more than once. The Beast's voice is full of life, and the sub gets a heavy workout during his numerous yells and roars. Frankly, it's so deep and resonant; it's what you also experienced with the film 'Jurassic Park' and its awesome T-Rex. The rear of the sound field is almost just as busy as the front. There isn't a time where the rears aren't at the least engaged. The musical numbers bring the surround sound to life as the characters sing and dance, engulfing you in this stunning Disney 3D Blu-ray. The Sound effects are pristine, pans sound perfect. This is one of the best high definition sound presentations of the year, if not the best. Everything from the crystal clear dialogue and song lyrics to the chaotic cacophony of sounds that accompany the great battle scene at the end are perfectly remixed to give us the most wondrous sound design 'Beauty and the Beast' has ever enjoyed on home video.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Beauty and the Beast: 3D Version [1080p] [85:00]

Beauty and the Beast: Special Extended Version [1080p] [92:00] The biggest, and most notable, change to the movie here is the addition of the originally cut musical number called "Human Again." It has been seamlessly inserted into the film.

Beauty and the Beast: Original Theatrical Release [1080p] [85:00] This is being included in the special features, because there are a few versions of the film you can watch. This is how the movie originally appeared in cinemas when it was first released.

Beauty and the Beast: Original Theatrical Release [with Storyreel Picture-in-Picture] Fans can view the theatrical cut alongside the filmmakers' original storyreel, an incredibly early version of the film that features rough animation, hand-drawn storyboards and other preproduction artwork.

Audio Commentary [Special Edition Only] Producer Don Hahn and co-directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale discuss the Special Extended Edition of `Beauty and the Beast' and waste little time doing so. The trio dissect the story and characters, the animation techniques utilized throughout the film, its place in Disney history, the dialogue and songs, casting and the voice recording sessions, the challenges they faced during its long and complex production and much, much more. It's a thoroughly engaging and informative track that should not be missed. It's one of the better audio commentaries out there. Never does it feel dry or mundane. These guys get down to business and discuss everything you could hope to be discussed about the animation film.

Sing-Along Track: The Special Extended cut even offers a text-based "Sing-Along Mode" for anyone interested in belting out a Disney tune or two in the privacy of their own home.

Broadway Beginnings: Backstage Disney [Diamond Edition] [1080p] [13:00] A string of name-that-face celebrities, production team members and stage actors wax poetic about the Broadway adaptation of the film.

Family Play: Looking for yet another way to watch `Beauty and the Beast'? In a fit of overkill, the wizards at Disney have also devised a "Fast Play Mode" that allows users to customise and automate their viewing experience based on time and specific interests. It's rather extraneous, but I'm sure someone will enjoy it. Don't like it? Move along then, there's plenty of other content on tap.

Music & More: Music Video "Beauty and the Beast" performed by Jordin Sparks [1080p] [3:26] You get to see the singer Jordin Sparks, combined with selections from the Disney animation. Bet you thought that there wouldn't be another music video tacked on, but there is!

Composing A Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn and Richard Kraft [1080p] [20:00] Composer Alan Menken, music agent and Disney historian Richard Kraft, and producer Don Hahn chat at length about the film's rousing songs and musical score, as well as the art of furthering a story through music.

Deleted Scene: Alternate Story Opening for `Beauty and the Beast' [1080p] [28:00] Former Walt Disney Studios chairman Peter Schneider introduces a sprawling alternate opening (pieced together from a studio storyreel created before the official voice actors were cast) and story supervisor Roger Allers does the same for a deleted scene (composed of storyboards) involving Belle's exploration of the Beast's library.

Sneak Peaks: Cars 2 3D [Blu-ray]; Lady And The Tramp Diamond Edition [Blu-ray]; Cinderella Diamond Edition [Blu-ray]; Disney Nature: Chimpanzee [Blu-ray] and Disney's Secret of the Wings [Blu-ray]

Finally, Disney has done it again. The Blu-ray edition of `Beauty and the Beast' was already amazing; but the 3D Blu-ray release of `Beauty and the Beast' is nothing short of astonishing. This 3D version gives viewers an impressive new way to experience this stunning animation film, that actually enhances the original content through some wonderfully immersive 3D effects. Like its 2010 predecessor, it stands as both a must-have release and a solid contender for the studio's best Blu-ray release of the year. Yes, even though it's arguably a mere re-issue of sorts. Fans will be treated to three full versions of the classic animated film, two reference-level video transfers, an immersive 3D experience, a monstrous 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track, and hours upon hours of special features including a Picture-in-Picture Storyreel presentation, a filmmakers audio commentary, a three-hour branching documentary and much, much more. Without hesitation or clarification, `Beauty and the Beast' in 3D earns my unabashed highest ultimate praise. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic!, July 9 2004
This review is from: Beauty & The Beast (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
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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. As Gaston leads the villagers in an assault on the Beast's manor, one is reminded in reverse of the cliched villagers pounding at the walls of Doctor Frankenstein's castle, but in this case the attack in presented in comic tones that keep the real world of harm at bay.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has no down moments, with each fresh plot advancement heralded by stunningly effective animation and song. This film was a deserved nominee for Best Picture in 1991, and with repeated viewings, one may rest assured that the alternately gloomy and resplendent halls of the Beast will eternally resonate with the same cachet that gives Tara, Oz, or Rick's Cafe a ticket that allows the bearer to see just how awesome the human spirit can be.
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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 90's Disney Classic, March 3 2004
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I'm not one of those people who are impressed with the Pixar animation type films (i.e. "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life" etc.), so it comes very easily to me to praise "Beauty and the Beast". More than a decade after its theatrical debut, it still stands as my favorite Disney film, along with the brilliant "The Little Mermaid". There are not enough words that describe how superior and masterful this film really is. From the lushly detailed animation, to the amazingly structured characters to the award-winning songs to the haunting score. Everything about this film is top-notch. Ever since I watched this film in the theatre in 1992, it holds a special place in my heart. When you mention "Disney" to me, it can only mean "Beauty and the Beast". The thing I most love about this masterpiece is the Broadway-feel the directors gave to it. Songs such as "Belle" (and the reprise), "Be Our Guest" and "The Mob Song" are pure Broadway songs, thanks to the talented Alan Manken and Howard Ashman. But it's also the way the direction. The reprise of "Belle" is the most breathtaking scene in the film. Belle sings about wanting "much more than this provincial life" and the scenery of this song is stunning with Belle seen running in the hills - reminiscent of Julie Andrews in "The Sound Of Music". The film also won 2 Academy Awards in 1992 for best song (the title song) and for its magnificent score. Not to be missed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty to Disney Heritage, Jan. 14 2003
When I bought Disney's Beauty and the Beast "Special Platinum Edition" I was expecting just that, a high quality film with added extras not contained on the original. Instead, what I found myself with was a tampered work of art, a disgraced former masterpiece. The entire movie looks like it has had it's color stripped from it and repainted with bargain bin paints. No longer are there rich colors, sharp contrasts, and beautiful sceney, but now the film looks worse than it's straight to video sequel. The cover looks great, that's what the film used to look like, but the actual DVD is no where near that good looking. Some of the animation looks like it has had some of its detail removed and when I was watching it seemed like some of the frame rate was reduced because of the sluggish movement of the characters mouths when speaking. It is a completely different movie and I have since returned my copy and stuck with my original release. Some of the games and extra features are interesting and entertaining, but that's really like saying a TV show was awful, but there was a funny commercial here and there. I wish Disney would stop messing around with their work and just leave it the way we all saw it and loved it in the theaters. Walt would have never let something like this leave the studio if he were still running it, and that's the bottom line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale as Old as Time, Feb. 16 2004
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WIthout a doubt the most lovely Disney movie ever. Actually one of the best movies ever. This newly restored eddition is so wonderful. It has tons of extras that everybody loves, that are also extremely facinating. They have the original music video with Celine Dion singing Beauty and the Beast which is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The newly restored version of the movie is breathtaking. I remember being mezmerized with it when I was growing up. I thought it was the best movie ever and today I still think it is the best (Well only Sound of Music tops it). This movie is one of the best love stories ever written and there is a reason it was the first animated movie to be nominated for an oscar. If you don't have this you are missing out on the most amazing movies ever!
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