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Beauty and the Beast (TV series) - "Once Upon a Time in the City of New York" & "A Happy Life" (1988 VHS) (1987)

Jay Acovone , Roy Dotrice , Ron Perlman , Daniel Attias  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Acovone, Roy Dotrice, Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman, Ren Woods
  • Directors: Ron Perlman, Daniel Attias, Frank Beascoechea, Gabrielle Beaumont, Alan Cooke
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1994
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301087771
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VHS FORMAT. Republic Pictures, 1987, color, 100 minutes. Includes two episodes from this TV series: "Once Upon a Time in the City of New York," and "A Happy Life."

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waiting... March 4, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This show NEEDS to be on DVD. I've worn out two sets of VHS tapes. Shakespeare became more than an English class assignment and I now work in classical theatre, due, in some small part, to listening to the music of Vincent's words. The show's soundtrack is the first CD in the player for road trips. I want my Catherine and Vincent on DVD.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Beast - the dream lives on. April 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This first part to the series is the one so many people fell in love with and it is a must if you have never seen Beauty and the Beast before. For from that first episode so starts the relationship between the man beast Vincent Wells and the beautiful district attorney Catherine Chandler. From the very first this couple captured our hearts, especially Vincent, who soon had his own following - as everyone that watched the series wanted to take him home. Soon he became every woman's dream as to the perfect man, and it became apparent that outward appearances are not important, it is the beauty of the inner self that shines through any differences. That and the fact that Vincent has the most gorgeous blue eyes, gravelly sexy voice, a marvelous physique and a love of the finer things in life such as good music and literature. And Vincent made us review our own life and made us better people. Vincent was played to perfection by the man behind the makeup - Ron Perlman. And there is a marvelous chemistry that exists between Mr Perlman and Linda Hamilton the actress that plays Catherine Chandler, that made their roles oh so believeable. Buy it, watch it and you will be forever pleased that you did. There is a huge fan following for this show who are campaigning to have more episodes made and hopefully a movie too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE START OF A GREAT LOVE AFFAIR August 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
For all those who believe in love,this tape is for you.This video cntains two of the best shows from BB. First is Once Upon A Time in the City of New York. This show is the pilot for the show. It has our beauty ,Cathy, the victim of a terrible attack. Her savior Vincent is a man/beast. Their special bond and mutal attraction will have you believing in love.The second show, A Happy Life, has Cathy dealing with her mother's deadth anniversay. Cathy begins to wonder if she could ever lead a "normal life" now that Vincent is a part of her life.The emtioms that Cathy faces is so heartbreaking to watch that you may need some tissues on hand.BELIEVE IN LOVE.BELIEVE IN MAGIC.BUY THIS TAPE.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please put out on DVD! December 28, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
Once upon a time, I was reading a book in my bedroom, when my father came dashing down the hallway, all excited. He said there was a show on TV with people dressed up rather old-fashioned, who played chess, lived in underground caves, and read the classics. He knew this show would interest me, and he was right! My parents and I watched every single episode, and all the reruns and absolutely loved the gentle messages and lessons each episode taught, the great cast, the originality of the series, the music, the heartbreak. This is one of the best series I have come across; other favourites of mine include Little House, Avonlea, Dr. Quinn, Alias, Joan of Arcadia. This short-lived series deserves to be put on DVD and please release the CD again, too. I wish this series would be resurrected and brought back to TV.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True love endures even in death. April 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I have always enjoyed watching this series and have almost all the episodes on tape. Though Lovers Be Lost for me is one of the best. I highly recommend it. I would love to get in contact with anyone who has tapes of this series, or good copies, that I might purchase, as I missed some critical ones. Such as "Pure and Faithful Knight, Ceremony of Innocence, A Time to Heal. I have the episodes after A Time to Heal, including the Invictus through the ending and finding of Vincent's son.
From a religious symbolic point of view, Vincent can be seen as a sort of Christ figure in some instances. This whole series is extremely rich in symbolism beyond the obvious interplay of characters. It was amazing what I gleaned when watching other episodes such as "Bless this Child, where the "Women at the Well,(getting the water) meets Vincent and really "sees" him for the first time. It wasn't until after I finished my Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, that I viewed the series again using it in a workshop seminar. I would love to share this with those who might be interested. I am definitely a real fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More, More, More February 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
While I agree this episode in itself is quite dramatic & touching, I would have prefered the series continue with the story-line with which it began, instead of the ending which was written. And also would've prefered re-casting of the Catherine character. Like many other fans, I would like to see season II available on video at least, but would truly love to have the series in its entirety available on DVD. Furthermore, fans still long to see a tv movie or mini-series re-uniting the original classic cast. - The series as a whole is fantasy/romance at its zenith.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty & The Beast-Though Lovers Be Lost June 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I love all of the Beauty & The Beast episodes from the TV series. I have most on VHS. To Peggy Hendershot, I may have the ones you are looking for. I tried to never miss an episode!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet triumph February 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video, although beautiful and astounding cannot be watched without seeing the episodes surrounding it: "What Rough Beast" , Ceremony of Innocence" , and " The Rest is Silence" . Once you have seen these Though Lovers be lost will steal your heart and capture your soul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SELLER
Received exact item as described in the offer in record time. This item is much better than the Beauty and the Beast being televised today. Read more
Published 14 months ago by irene m habrelewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best television.
Oprah has her OWN network, she should put this show in her weekly schedule. This is real television, art, creativity. You name everything that's positive, this series had it. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Shonitra A. Slayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Show...
I watched the show faithfully as a child..Been a long time since I've seen this episode but you can never forget it. Broke my heart as a child.. Read more
Published on May 26, 2007 by Tammy Volovnik
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs for use in the UK, too?
I adored this series, I am thrilled to have the tapes of some of the episodes, but yes, they wear out. Please, please, oh ye powers that be, get this whole series on DVD! Read more
Published on February 1, 2007 by Elizabeth Kerner
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Show
This is one show I truely enjoyed, even my brother liked it. However, you REALLY need to put it on DVD. Read more
Published on October 8, 2006 by Bonnie J. Edgerly
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY IS THERE NO DVD YET?!!!!
I can't believe that with all the other TV shows that have made it to DVD, "Beauty & the Beast" isn't out in the market yet! Come on! What's taking the studios so long? Read more
Published on October 4, 2006 by K. Chrys
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent and Catherine
I have read alot of the comments on this site - and yes i hold my hand up. What a beautiful series this is and was. I remember it back in the 80s. Read more
Published on October 1, 2006 by Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars STILL no DVD's?
I can't believe that this groundbreaking series hasn't made it to DVD yet. Fans of this show are still alive and kicking, worldwide. Read more
Published on September 24, 2006 by Ms. Susan M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Where are the DVDs?????? I can't wait much longer. Sets of tapes are...
Where are the DVDs? I'm STILL waiting! I want it all, but especially the second season.

I'd rather not have them done on both sides of the disc. Read more
Published on September 13, 2006 by Cat Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Praying for the DVD set...
I was very young when this aired, so I was never able to watch it in full. So, you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I later found one of the VHS in my local Blockbuster. Read more
Published on August 25, 2006 by Jocasta Stephenson
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