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Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition Soundtrack Soundtrack, Special Edition

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  • Audio CD (December 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005TQ5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on July 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although I tend to watch action/adventure and science fiction films more than I do kid-friendly family fare, I do on occasion like to tap into my more sentimental side and watch a Walt Disney film. Not that I have many in my home video library; I only own Fantasia (1940) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). Both are wonderfully rendered in visual and musical terms, but I was so taken by Alan Menken's music and the late Howard Ashman's lyrics for Beauty and the Beast that I bought the original soundtrack album a few days after watching the first animated film seriously considered for a Best Picture nomination.

Beauty and the Beast was the crowning achievement for the Menken and Ashman team, surpassing 1989's The Little Mermaid, and it would be their final collaboration, for Ashman died shortly after completing the lyrics. But the success of both film and the soundtrack album is proof of the timelessness and general appeal of Beauty and the Beast's songs.

Starting with Menken's darkly-tinged underscore for David Ogden Stiers' voiceover introduction in Prologue (Track 1), the music starts casting its magical spell on the listener, then with deftness worthy of a David Copperfield or David Blaine, the marvelous opening number Belle introduces us to the beautiful protagonist (voice of Paige O'Hara) and to the various inhabitants of the small French village where Belle, a young maiden who lives with her father Maurice, a widower who also likes to believe he's a great inventor. She's a typical Disney heroine -- a forward-thinking lass who yearns to venture in the great wide somewhere and be more than she is in her society -- but O'Hara's voice is so lovely and the role so wonderfully written that the stereotypes are transcended.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jake on April 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although Disney has always succeeded in creating wonderful musical moments and some of the best soundtracks ever released, the musical score for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is their best to date, and I doubt they'll ever be able to top it. The songs perfectly introduce the characters ("Belle," "Gaston," and reprises) and set the mood for the rest of the show. If Disney had made BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the 2000's instead of 1991, chances are that it would have been more of an action film then a musical (look at Disney's recent "Dinosaur" and "Atlantis," among others.) If this was the case with BEAUTY, the film would have been truly lost in every sense of the word. The music here carries the picture, and does so expertly. I love the movie and the music with all my heart. Why, then, did I give this CD only three stars? Simply because I expected more from the album itself as a Special Edition release.
This is exactly like the original 1991 release except for the addition of "Human Again" and some demos tacked onto the end. This should have been rearranged so that the album blends score and song in the order that it appears in the film, and then put the demos on. But with this release -- and also the original -- the vocal songs aren't even presented in order. Why "The Mob Song" is presented here BEFORE "Beauty and the Beast" is beyond me.
Another flaw is the "deluexe packaging." Mine has completely fallen apart, and I've been extremely careful with such a great soundtrack. Beware the packaging!
On the plus side for the Special Edition is "Human Again," originally written for but never used in the 1991 animated feature.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
From "Snow White" to "The Little Mermaid" Disney has always had something going for it, but, baby, the folks at Disney have completely outdone themselves with "Beauty and the Beast"--both the movie AND the soundtrack. As Disney's ONLY heroine who NEVER frolicked with any cutesy animals (OK, she frolicked with cutesy tupperware, but that's not the same thing), and as a woman who READS (!), Belle just rocks, and Paige O'Hara, with her sweet, perky voice brings all the qualities you love about her onscreen back to life in the soundtrack. The other members of the cast are excellent. Robby Benson as the Beast--I had no idea he had such a soulful, beautiful voice. I can think of no better Mrs. Potts than Angela Lansbury, and Jerry Orbach, David Ogden-Stiers, Jessie Corti, and Richard White are equally wonderful. The songs are completely enchanting--WHY did Howard Ashman have to die?? He and Alan Menken were such an amazing team! The lyrics are never corny, but range from the glowingly sweet (the title song) to rousing and exciting ("Be Our Guest") to just plain hilarious ("Gaston"). Both the movie and the soundtrack are beautiful and an important addition to any soundtrack collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lopez on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the re-issue of Disney's 1991 animated film soundtrack of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, to coincide with the Jan 2002 re-release of the film in Imax Theatres!
The "Special" thing about this cd is the reinsertion of the song "Human Again" into the film where it belongs, right after Beast and Belle become friends during "Something There"! Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, Joanne Worley and David Ogden Stiers sing there parts, and Paige O'Hara and Robbie Benson have the reading dialogue where she teaches him to read Romeo and Juliet, in "Human Again".
The question that is not answered is whether or not the song was dug up out of the Disney files from the original footage in 1991, or was it recorded and made especially for the re-release. None the less, it's a great addition to, what I think, is one of Disney's greatest animated musicals of all time.
Also, as a bonus, is a demo-cut of "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast". As well as the orginal end score, "The Death of the Beast."
The cd booklet is in full color with glorious pictures from the film as well as complete lyrics, including the film's version of "Human Again" which slightly varys from the Broadway's Production!! And a nifty sleeve cover with the new Poster Logo for the film!
A great cd for Disney and Musical Theatre fans alike! Highly recommended!
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