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Beauty and the Beast: Season 1

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The Beauty and the Beast TV show was a fantasy series about a man-beast (Vincent) and his love for a beautiful assistant district attorney (Catherine Chandler). Vincent lived in an underground world beneath New York City where his gruesome looks were less important to his peers than were his caring and benevolent personality. Together, Vincent and Catherine had many adventures both above and below ground level and their love for each other continued to grow.

"Once upon a time... in the city of New York." So begins this unique fantasy-crime series. Catherine (Emmy nominee Linda Hamilton, The Terminator) is an assistant DA who's attacked one night by strangers. When she wakes up, her face is covered in bandages. Someone named Vincent (Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman) has been taking care of her in his home beneath the subway. When she removes the dressing, she finds that he's a man-beast, but fear turns to trust when she becomes convinced he has her best interests at heart. As she states in the introduction, "We have a bond stronger than friendship or love." As the season unfolds, Vincent frequently comes to Catherine's assistance. As an empath, he knows instinctively when she's in trouble. When he needs help, Vincent turns to Father (Roy Dotrice), the doctor who raised him after he was abandoned at the hospital after he was born. His origins are unknown. Together, Catherine and Vincent are like the detectives of Remington Steele, except no one knows she's part of a team, since they're only able to meet in secret. Vincent's underground companions, however, get to know Catherine well. Just as Vincent comes to her aid as needed, she does the same for his community.

Although Beauty and the Beast has little in common with the Jean Cocteau film or Disney animated picture, the appeal is similar. Cynics may find these do-gooders sentimental, especially when Catherine utters lines like, "And although we cannot be together, we will never, ever be apart." But romantics made the CBS drama successful--at least until Hamilton left in the second year--and launched the Emmy-nominated Perlman into cult favorites like The City of Lost Children. Oscar winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) also deserves credit for his convincing make-up effects. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • All 22 episodes from the 1987-88 season on six discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman, Roy Dotrice, Jay Acovone, Ren Woods
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Full Screen, Color, Mono, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 1066 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7UBX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beauty and the Beast: Season 1" on IMDb

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163 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle VINE VOICE on November 4, 2006
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Never before have I been happier to discover a dvd will be available. Fans of this show have waited so very long. This is a show beyond the romantic, beyond the Shakespearean, beyond perfect. It was surreal, too pure for prime time television. I am so looking forward to the dulcet tones of beloved Vincent and the woman he saves and loves, Catherine. It's a show for dreamers and despairers, lovers and hopefuls. It is a timeless romance, a beautiful fairy tale, a classic tale for everyone.

The show had the highest production values, the most interesting sets and exquisite costumes and touching storylines, the most sweeping, beautiful musical scores as well as talented and heartfelt performances by all, talented regulars and recurring guest stars and the sub culture of the tunnel dwellers. In a word, this show is poetry.

I wondered for a time if this would be the only show in the history of television to not be released.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for finally listening to the fans and releasing this dvd!
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
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It's hard to put into words the effect Beauty & The Beast had on a relatively small, but passionate group of people almost 20 years ago. I proudly count myself among them. But for someone who isn't all that familiar with the show, or even a casual viewer, re-creating the magic with words seems a daunting task.

Once Upon a Time, Ron Koslow took the seeds of an age-old fairly tale and planted them in the modern urban landscape of New York City. At this time (1987) there were just the "Big Three" networks of ABC, CBS and NBC. Oh, there were cable stations, and Twentienth Century Fox was testing the waters with their own network. But the majority of primetime network dramas were formulaic "cop" shows or nighttime soaps like Dynasty. CBS took a huge risk on this odd little fantasy show, and placed it in what sci-fi and fantasy fans have come to know as the "kiss of death" timeslot: Friday nights.

For its first season, the show was a moderate hit, moreso with critics (and the aforementioned loyal followers) than mainstream audiences. The romance between "beauty" Linda Hamilton and "beast" Ron Perlman was handled with intelligence and compassion. Here was a show that was not "dumbed down" to appeal to a wider audience. In addition to their romance, Koslow and a talented staff of writers created an entire world of great characters, most of them living beneath the city in underground tunnels.

The show took a hit, however, when the writer's strike of 1988 delayed the start of the second season until December of that year. Most fans would agree that the quality of the episodes was never higher, but the ever-important Nielsen ratings were falling.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Victoria A. Wildermuth on November 9, 2006
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Finally, the release on DVD of the best romantic fantasy in the history of television, Beauty and the Beast. I watched every episode of this program when it was originally broadcast and have been hoping that it would finally find its way to DVD. Ron Perlman was remarkable as the Beast and Linda Hamilton was a surprising and poignant choice for the romantic heroine. This series had a unique, wonderful magic.
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In September of 1987, television viewers saw something a bit different as CBS debuted the modern update of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This new show unveiled the story of two people, intrepid lawyer Catherine Chandler and the "Beast" Vincent, and their often hazardous adventures in the city of New York and in the underground, labyrinthine network of tunnels beneath the city, which housed an organized community of outcasts who eked out a meager existence without the knowledge of the surface dwellers. Now, to look at that premise, the assumption made by the casual audience was that this new series would center predominantly on action- and suspense-oriented sequences. However, while there were scenes that raised testosterone levels, it quickly became obvious that the main thrust of the show would revolve around the platonically romantic relationship between beautiful Catherine Chandler (Linda Hamilton, TERMINATOR and TERMINATOR 2) and gentle but inhumanly lion-faced and -maned Vincent (Ron Perlman).

When New York attorney Catherine Chandler is assaulted and left for dead, she later wakes up to find herself being tended to by Vincent and his mentor, Father, deep in the many-tunneled sanctuary beneath the city. She learns of the secret community dwelling in the Tunnels and promises to keep that knowledge secret. She returns to the world above but discovers that she has somehow formed an empathic bond with the reclusive Vincent. Her experience in the Tunnels transforms the previously carefree and rudderless attorney, as her social consciousness is elevated. She joins the DA's office and becomes an investigative lawyer. Her various cases for the DA often places her in jeopardy, and it's usually up to Vincent to come to her rescue.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Viewer on January 6, 2007
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When I was in my twenties, this show first came on. I was in my bedroom reading a book, when my mother came quickly down the hallway. She said my father sent her to tell me that there was a new show on, with people who dressed up old-fashioned, lived in tunnels underground and read books and played chess. I went into the family room and it was not long before the three of us were completely hooked to this series. A lovely twist of the famous fairytale, this takes place in New York City, both above and below. Catherine's world is that of high society, business and ambition. It is a world she dutifully participates in, but her heart is not there. Vincent's world is below, in a network of tunnels, hidden deep under the city, hardly luxurious, yet full of life and intellect. Books, music, chess, faithful friends, a huge community of dedicate and caring people who were found to be outcasts, one way or another, in the world above, united below. When Vincent and Catherine meet, a special bond and love grows rapidly and so the story goes along. Sadly this series came to an early end when Linda Hamilton decided to leave TV and film after the birth of her first child (only to go on and do some very successful films) and Vincent's possible new love interest never really took. One of the most unique, heartwarming, thoughtful and heartbreaking series you will ever come across-behold! It is coming on DVD!! I feel like my biggest dream has been granted! No series has ever affected my life in the same way this one has. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in fairytales, literature, romance (yes, prepare tissues for many of the episodes)and series that actually teach you to live a better life in a beautiful and gentle way. Enjoy!
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Why didn't they go for at least 100 episodes or more?
Joie, if you search the Internet, there are some fan sites where they actually talk with the creators. I don't have the links, but I remember one interview discussing all the pressure CBS put on them about the writers wanted more action here, less romance, more violence, etc...etc, as you can... Read More
May 22, 2007 by Michael Palmer |  See all 5 posts
Seasons 2 & 3
I agree. Seasons 2 and 3 NEED to be released. It is imperative for fans. We have all waited for 20+ years for this to come out on DVD and it finally made it. Now we need to get the powers that be to put out seasons 2 and 3 on DVD. Because i want them all. (grin) then i want a boxed set with like... Read More
Feb 26, 2007 by Rejkyvik |  See all 24 posts
No subtitles
No but both sets 1 and 2 are closed captioned
Sep 15, 2007 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 4 posts
Beauty and the Beast Convention 2007
Should be held in Fl. Can't make it to Calif.
May 7, 2008 by mack |  See all 2 posts
all three seasons on dvd
Hm... I can't seem to find the site that you're referring to. All I can tell you is what I've found on my own copy. Frankly, the quality was ~much~ better than anticipated. The main body of it (ie. the episodes themselves) is only slightly worse off than the official first-season release. You can... Read More
Apr 4, 2007 by Jocasta Stephenson |  See all 5 posts
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