Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
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Why do I love this movie so much? I think it's the music. In some musicals (animated or live), as soon as a song begins, the story comes to a grinding halt. (Can anyone remember one tune from "Mulan"?) But in this film, the music by Ashman and Menken advances the story marvellously. Animation and voice acting combine in a near-flawless performance, and the use of computer animation in the ballroom dance sequence was ground-breaking in its time.
As for the added features, the added song "Human Again" is a wonderful fun number. I can understand why it was left out of the original version, but its inclusion really doesn't detract from the story (it's another big production number like "Be Our Guest", not really essential to the plot, but helps us get to know the supporting characters).
The "making of" features are fairly interesting; the on-disk games I can take or leave. But the film itself is still the gem, worth the purchase price all by itself; the standard by which all other Disney movies are measured.
I feel in love with this movie the first time I saw it, and that love has only grown over the years. The story is the right mix of fun and uncertainty. Gaston was a wonderful addition to the mix because his story was the part I was most uncertain about the first time around. The artwork on the film catches your eye from the first shot of the castle, and doesn't let go. Beside the incredible background shots are wonderful drawings of the characters. I especially love the boyish excitement they manage to give the Beast in several scenes. Finally, there's the music. Every song adds to the story and is memorable in its own right.
This DVD is perfect for any fan of this movie. Disc 1 includes three versions of the film. The first is the "in progress" version shown to the New York film festival 6 weeks before the premier of the movie in 1991. While it's fun to have, I won't be watching it regularly. The second version is the original release. And finally comes the special edition, with the added scene and "Human Again." Ironically, this is probably my least favorite of the songs added to the Broadway version, but it does advance the story. And, there's always the option of watching the original version.Read more ›
So, let me start by pointing out the good. You get all 3 versions of the movie. The sound is excellent. Very level, deep when it need to be & the music sounds clear & full. Colors in the movie are bright, while the darks are perfect, with no sign of artifacts in them.
Now we get to the bad stuff. Let's face it, when we're buying any kind of video product, the picture is the most important thing. If the picture stinks, the whole think stinks. And although the picture on this Blu-ray doesn't stink, it's not perfect. Far from perfect in fact.
Let's start with the first problem, the lines. In hand-drawn animation, the lines are everything. If they are not constant & clear, the characters lose some of their realism. The lines in Beauty & the Beast are very thin, which is great for details. However, digital media is just not able to handle thin lines correctly. Several times pieces of a line will disappear into the color behind it. Most noticeably on Cogworth's face. His clock face will come through & "bloom" over most of the lines on his face, losing most of the detail. But the main problem with the lines in this transfer are the white "halos" around them. It seems like they used edge enhancements on the characters. But I'm not 100% sure this is what they did, as this halo never appears on any of the backgrounds. All I know is that at certain times, characters will have these halos surrounding their lines.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this and got the movie in the box. Got my son excited about watching it to then open the movie and to find a diffrent movie in the box. Super disappointing. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Shannon D.
I was really happy with this purchase. Package came in good quality and arrived extremely fast. Very nice quality. Was very pleased.Published 1 day ago by Kayla L
Even though this edition is for Great Britain, picture and sound are excellent.Published 2 days ago by Btu2000
I had been waiting for Beauty and the Beast to come back out of the fault when I purchased this, and I'm glad I pounced on it when Disney came out with this edition! Read morePublished 5 days ago by COCOMICHEY
A lot better than expected. I have no idea why I blew this movie off for close to 25 yearsPublished 5 days ago by Matt Westrich
The movie disc was not inside, only the "bonus disc". I sent to my nieces for Christmas and they were very disappointed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jennifer E.
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Not accurate. The press release specifically said The Little Mermaid will be released in 3D in September 2013 and it also coincides with its Blu-ray release in October 2013.
Oct 6, 2011 by Rocky Boat | See all 10 posts
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If you don't need it on Blu-Ray and are happy with just a dvd, search for Elements Media. They have it for $12.99. I just ordered it for my 5 year old. What the sellers are charging here is just ridiculous.
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|Any Idea when "Aladdin" Will See the Blu-ray light of Day ?||
Aladdin will be released on Spring 2013 as part of the Diamond Collection. This information is found inside the new Lady and the Tramp DE BD set.
Feb 18, 2012 by Don Vito Corleone | See all 5 posts
I know! I cannot believe how much these sellers are charging for these disney movies!
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this is GREAT news!!!!
thanks for letting the fans know. :D
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