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Beauty and the Beast (DVD, 2002)

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Movie Description
The timeless tale of Belle, the beautiful and intelligent girl kept prisoner in the castle of a mysterious beast who must somehow win her love if he is to regain his princely form. Features the voices of Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury and David Ogden Stiers. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Song ("Be Our Guest"), Best Song ("Belle"). Academy Awards: Best Song ("Beauty and the Beast").

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a contemporary retelling of the classic French fairy tale.

Once upon a time, there was a handsome but heartless prince, whose selfishness caused an enchantress to turn him into a hideous beast. He had only one hope for freedom: winning a woman's love despite his ugliness.

The years passed; the Beast remained alone.

Then one day, Maurice, a poor inventor, accidentally stumbled upon the Beast's lair. The angry Beast instantly swore to kill him -- until he saw Belle, Maurice's lovely daughter, who had come to to the palace to fight for her father's life.

The Beast promised not to harm Maurice on one condition: Belle must stay with him. And so began Belle's lesson in the true meaning of beauty... a lesson that would bring her love and happiness ever after.

Film Notes
DVD Features:

Region 1
2-Disc Set

Disc #1: Theatrical Version
Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85:1
THX Certified Audio
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary
Bonus Feature - 1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Special Edition - Includes a New Musical Sequence
2. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Work in Progress Edition - Version Shown at the 1991 New York Film Festival
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Game - 1. Maurice's Invention Workshop Game
Interactive Menus

Disc #2: Supplementary Material
Deleted Scenes - 1. "Human Again"
Additional Footage - 1. Early Presentation Reel
2. Alternate Version of "Be Our Guest"
3. Original Demo Recordings with Introduction by Alan Menken
4. Animation Tests
5. Camera Move Test
Electronic Press Kit
Behind the Scenes Footage - Hosted by Celine Dion
Featurette - 1. "The Story Behind the Story" - Celebrities Tell the Stories Behind Disney Classics
2. "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Broadway Musical"
3. Disney's Enchanted Environments
4. Disney's Animation Magic
5. Bringing the Story to the Screen
Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
2. TV Spots
3. Large Format Trailer
Music Video - 1. Jump 5 - "Beauty and the Beast"
2. "Beauty and the Beast"
Alternate Audio Track - 1. Alternate Score: "The Transformation"
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Game - 1. "Chip's Musical Challenge"
2. "Break the Spell" Adventure Game
Interactive Menus
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos - 1. Layouts & Background Gallery
Production Art
Poster Art

Theatrical release: Nov. 22, 1991.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the 30th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.

The CAV laserdisc is letterboxed, and also includes a short documentary, "The Making of Beauty and the Beast."
Both laserdisc formats are available only for a limited time.

Lyricist and Executive Producer Howard Ashman died of AIDS in March 1991, before the film opened.
"Beauty and the Beast" is dedicated to him.

Shot in Technicolor.

Rated BBFC U.

This film is currently on moratorium.

Industry Reviews
"...Fresh and altogether triumphant....[A] mixture of elaborate, painstaking technique and perfect simplicity..."
New York Times - p.C17 - Janet Maslin (11/13/1991)

"...Clever....Great funny songs..."
Film Comment - p.50-3 - Robert Horton (11/01/1991)

"...Wised-up as well as traditional, with a striking and detailed look and a strong storyline, it is sure to charm a wide audience both now and for a long time to come..."
Los Angeles Times - p.F1 - Kenneth Turan (11/15/1991)

Format: DVD
Oct 2002
Rated G
Recording Mode: (unknown)
90 min.
Extra Info: Special Edition
UPC: 786936171631
    • UPC 786936171631
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